Degenerative eye conditions and diseases like keratoconus can be difficult to live with, especially if you have little knowledge of how to handle this condition. By learning more about keratoconus, you can make wise decisions concerning your treatment. These frequently asked questions from Alpine Vision will help answer your questions about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this eye condition.
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a degenerative eye condition that causes a thinning of the cornea of your eye, making it bulge out like a cone instead of retaining its round shape. A round cornea properly refracts light entering your eye, giving you good vision. By altering the shape of the cornea of your eye, keratoconus hinders the refraction of light, which can seriously impair your vision. Keratoconus generally appears in early adulthood. Approximately one out of every 400 people today suffers from this condition.
What causes keratoconus?
No one knows what causes keratoconus but optometry specialists have various theories. Many believe that genetics play a key role in developing this disease. Environmental factors, excessive eye rubbing, corneal weaknesses, and problems with your endocrine system can also contribute to this condition.
What are keratoconus symptoms?
Early signs of keratoconus include distorted or blurry vision. As these are also signs of many eye diseases, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from your optometrist to confirm this condition. As keratoconus progresses, you may experience additional symptoms like sensitivity to light, the appearance of halos around light, loss of night vision, eye strain, eye irritation that prompts you to rub your eyes incessantly, headaches or eye pain.
How can this keratoconus affect my lifestyle?
Vision problems caused by keratoconus can make it difficult for you to enjoy a high quality of life. You may find it difficult to perform daily tasks like working on the computer, watching TV, reading or even driving. Keratoconus may increase your stress or cause you to lose confidence in your abilities. It may limit your ability to play sports or enjoy other recreational activities to the fullest.
How is keratoconus diagnosed and treated?
After performing a comprehensive eye exam, our optometry specialist can determine if you’re suffering from this condition. The most common treatment for keratoconus is the use of specialized contact lenses. Eyeglasses cannot correct the vision problems caused by the irregular cone shape of the cornea attributed to this disease. Our optometry specialist may also recommend surgery to correct the vision impairment caused by keratoconus.
See Our Optometrist for Keratoconus Treatment
To schedule a consultation for diagnosing and treating keratoconus, call us at 719-520-3333 or visit our Alpine Vision optometry specialist in Colorado Springs at your earliest convenience.