Have you noticed your vision getting worse over time? Are you constantly getting a new, higher prescription for your lenses? These can be signs of a progressive eye disease called keratoconus. At t the office of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, we can help!
Keratoconus is a condition that affects the cornea of the eye, distorting your vision. The disease impacts the shape of your cornea and can cause it to become too thin or protrude in a cone-like formation. This structural change affects your vision. With keratoconus, your vision typically gets worse over time, beginning around your teens or early 20s.
Although the exact cause of keratoconus remains unknown, it is believed that it can be a result of overexposure to the sun, excessive eye rubbing, improperly fitted contact lenses, or consistent eye irritation. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may be at an increased risk for the condition if you have a family history of keratoconus, are constantly, harshly rubbing your eyes, or have certain conditions, including retinitis pigmentosa, Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hay fever, and asthma.
If your or your doctor suspects keratoconus, you will need an eye exam to confirm a diagnosis. Depending on the stage of the disease, certain soft contact lenses can help stabilize the condition early on and may be the recommended option. If this is the case, further treatment may not be necessary as the lenses may be enough to correct any vision issues. But sometimes, depending on the severity of the condition, surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
The important thing is to take note of any vision changes you may be experiencing and to report them to your doctor. Always schedule a regular, annual eye exam, as this is the best way to detect a vision problem. If you are diagnosed with keratoconus, your doctor will talk with you about treatment options that may be right for you.
At the office of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.