Treatment for Cone-Shaped Corneas
Keratoconus is a condition that typically affects teenagers or young adults in their early 20s. Often a hereditary condition, it can also be caused by an imbalance of corneal enzymes. This leads to the thinning and weakening of the cornea which causes the cornea to eventually bulge outward into a cone shape.
Any damage to your cornea will ultimately affect your eyesight. That’s because light entering your eyes will not be able to focus on the back of the eye (retina) for clear vision. Keratoconus is a progressive disease that can worsen over 10-20 years, ultimately causing:
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
As you can imagine, having keratoconus as a young person can seriously impact the ability to read, drive, work or spend time with friends.
Treatment for Keratoconus
The diagnosis of keratoconus at Bonner Eye Clinic does not have to mean a lifetime of poor vision. Many treatment options exist and our doctors can help make the best recommendation for you. Options may include prescription glasses or specialty contact lenses to improve vision. Our doctors are trained to diagnose and fit specialty contact lenses to treat keratoconus. In severe cases, a corneal transplant or corneal cross-linking may be necessary. The only way to know what is right for you is to schedule routine eye exams so the condition can be monitored.
We’d Love to Tell You More About Cornea Care
We invite you to schedule an eye exam so we can assess your vision for signs of cornea problems so treatment can be administered. During your visit to our practice, you will learn why so many people trust our team to protect their precious eyesight.