Keratoconus Treatment from Your Eye Doctors in Hialeah and Weston, FL
Problems associated with keratoconus usually appear in young patients, most commonly in people who are between 10 and 25. A majority of those who visit our Vision Care and Surgery Associates offices in Hialeah and Weston have never heard of this condition. The best outcome for this disorder results from an early diagnosis from our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists following a comprehensive vision exam.
Keratoconus is a condition that results from a process in which the patient’s cornea begins to thin. The cornea eventually bulges outward and resembles a cone. The development of this disorder typically takes at least a decade.
The chief complaints of affected individuals include:
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Growing light and glare sensitivity, especially after dark
- Increase in the frequency of changes to corrective eyewear prescriptions
- A sudden clouding or deterioration of vision
In a normal eye, tiny fibers of collagen hold the cornea in place. Patients with this disorder these fibers are so weak that they cannot stop the cornea from bulging.
Researchers have not discovered a specific cause of keratoconus. However, the primary suspects are genetic and environmental influences. Some experts suggest that a decrease in antioxidants results in fiber weakening. Approximately 1 in every 10 sufferers has a parent with the same condition.
Treatment Options from Our Practice
Our ophthalmologists and optometrists vary treatment options depending on the severity of keratoconus and how rapidly it is advancing. For patients in an early stage, eyeglasses to correct blurred or distorted vision are the standard therapy.
A progression of types of contact lenses is helpful for many patients:
- Rigid gas-permeable
Recent treatment options include collagen cross-linking. This therapy helps corneas keep the right shape and sometimes slows the rate of keratoconus by combining directed ultraviolet light with eye drops that contain riboflavin, a B vitamin. An additional option is the insertion of intacs, which are implants that can deliver a more normal curve of the cornea.
Our doctors might also recommend that an individual undergo a corneal transplant. This option is sometimes appropriate for patients who have corneal scarring or severe thinning. Multiple types of corneal transplants are available.
Schedule an Exam with Our Eye Doctor
Our Vision Care and Surgery Associates patients enjoy access to a staff that includes both ophthalmologists and optometrists. In addition to diagnosing and treating keratoconus, they manage a variety of other eye disorders. We have been providing top-quality and compassionate vision care to Hialeah and Weston families since 1986. Be proactive about protecting your vision and call us today to schedule an exam at our Hialeah (305-835-7588) or Weston (954-945-5570) office.