What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a condition that occurs when the cornea begins to thin and bulge forward in a cone shape. The cornea is the clear surface on the front of your eye, and is usually an evenly-shaped dome, protecting the pupil and iris beneath. It is also responsible for how light is transmitted through the pupil and focused on the retina at the back of the eye.
In patients with keratoconus, the thinning, cone-shaped cornea ultimately causes problems such as blurred vision and sensitivity to light and glare that cannot be corrected with conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Treatment Options at Our Dallas Corneal Clinic
At Insight Complete Eye Care, we specialize in the treatment of corneal irregularities, including keratoconus. We carefully evaluate each patient to ensure we find the best vision solution for their individual needs. If you are experiencing worsening vision, or are having difficulty finding a vision prescription that truly works, we can help. We offer several solutions for patients with keratoconus, and we are confident we will find the best one for you.
If you are diagnosed with keratoconus, treatment options vary depending on how advanced the condition is, but may include:
- Eyeglasses or soft contact lenses
- Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses
- Hybrid contact lenses
- Scleral contact lenses
- Reverse geometry lenses
- Corneal cross-linking
- Corneal intacs
- Cornea transplants (keratoplasty)
To schedule a vision exam or for questions about keratoconus and its treatment options, please call or text our office in Dallas at (214) 739-8611.
Although the exact cause of keratoconus is currently unknown, several factors can contribute to its development, including:
- Family history of keratoconus
- Frequent and vigorous eye-rubbing
- Certain other conditions, such as retinitis pigmentosa, Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hay fever, and asthma
Symptoms of keratoconus can develop slowly, over time or may develop rather quickly and include:
- Blurred vision or vision that cannot be corrected with glasses
- Frequent changes in glasses or contact prescriptions
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Sudden worsening or clouding of vision
- Difficulty driving at night
- Halos around lights or ghost-like shadows (especially at night)
- General eye pain
Contact Lens Treatments for Keratoconus
In the mildest form of keratoconus, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may help. But, as the disease progresses, the cornea thins and becomes increasingly irregular in shape. After this occurs, glasses and regular soft contact lens designs no longer provide adequate vision correction.
Treatments provided by Insight Complete Eye Care for moderate and advanced keratoconus include many different options. Each and every patient is evaluated with our advanced technology to determine the best recommendation. Please scroll down to explore some of the many options our doctors utilize.
Treatment Options for Keratoconus
First and foremost, Scleral Contact Lenses are one of the most remarkable pieces of technology in our modern eye care era. They are the first choice of our doctors at the […]
Hybrid Contact Lenses
Hybrid contact lenses are a technological breakthrough that combines two types of contact lens materials – a rigid gas permeable center and a soft lens skirt […]
Medically Necessary Keratoconus Soft Contact Lenses
Specialty contacts are sometimes categorized as “medically necessary” – meaning that the patient cannot achieve adequate vision utilizing eyeglasses or conventional […]
Reverse Geometry Contact Lens Technology
One specialty contact lens design that is especially helpful for keratoconus, pellucid margin degeneration, radial keratotomy, cornea transplants, and other irregular […]