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Keratoconus is a condition in which the normally round, dome-like cornea (the clear front window of the eye) becomes thin and develops a cone-like bulge. Keratoconus literally means “cone-shaped cornea”. When the shape of the cornea is altered by the disease, vision is distorted, making activities like driving, typing on a computer, watching television or reading difficult.

Check out this video about keratoconus.

Keratoconus appears to run in some families but it  has also been associated with excessive eye rubbing and prolonged contact lens wear. It also seems to occur more often with people with certain eye diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity and vernal keratoconjunctivitis as well as systemic diseases such as Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Down Syndrome.

Keratoconus in the Early Stages

In the early stages, the patient will notice some slight distortion and sensitivity to light. Often these symptoms will show up in the teens through the early twenties. Even though keratoconus tends to progress slowly, it is a lifetime disease. As it gets worse, the most common complaints are increased astigmatism and/or near-sightedness, blurred vision, and frequent eyeglass prescription changes. Early stage patients with it can sometimes wear glasses, but as the condition progresses most patients need to wear specialized contact lenses in order to see their best. At The Eye Associates, our doctors are skilled at fitting the latest in contact lens treatments for this condition. Some of the options include rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, ‘piggybacking’ contact lenses, hybrid contact lenses, as well as scleral and semi-scleral contact lenses.

If you are a keratoconus patient and would like to be seen for contact lenses, call 1-866-865-2020 for an appointment with Dr. Scott Han or Dr. Michael Camp, one of our Board Certified Optometrists at The Eye Associates that specialize in contact lens fittings for keratoconus patients.

When good vision is no longer possible with contact lenses, a corneal transplant may be recommended. With this procedure, Dr. Foster removes the diseased portion of the cornea and replaces it with healthy donor tissue. He performs a revolutionary partial thickness transplant for keratoconus called Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK).

To schedule an appointment with our Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist, Dr. Brian Foster use our online form or call Toll-free 1-866-865-2020.