What Is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a gradually progressing disorder that causes structural issues that affect the shape, thickness, and strength of the cornea. Individuals with keratoconus often have corneas with a cone-like shape that, when severe enough, can cause vision problems. Some of the more common signs of the condition include having a sensitivity to light, irregular astigmatism, blurred vision, or worsening distance vision. Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Focal Point Vision specialize in treating this corneal disease and offer a range of solutions for individuals throughout San Antonio, TX and its surrounding areas.
Cross-Linking for Progressive Keratoconus
How Is Keratoconus Treated?
At Focal Point Vision, our board-certified ophthalmologists perform a range of advanced techniques to combat the effects of keratoconus and restore your sight. If you are diagnosed with the disorder and it has progressed enough to warrant treatment, our eye surgeons will consult with you to determine which solution is the most fitting for your situation:
- Corneal cross-linking: Outpatient surgery that utilizes riboflavin eye drops with UV light
- Intacs® corneal implant: Tiny, crescent-shaped implants that are inserted into the eye to modify the shape
- Corneal transplant: A long-performed technique that replaces the entire cornea with donor tissue
What are some other symptoms of keratoconus?
The majority of cataracts form due to aging or injury, which can change the tissue making up the lens of the eye. However, there are a number of other factors, such as genetic disorders, health problems, other eye conditions, previous eye surgery, and diabetes.
Is keratoconus very common?
As cataracts are a cloudy segment of the eye’s natural lens, they often cause blurry vision. As they spread, they will gradually block more and more light from reaching the retina, making it even harder to see. These effects are made especially prominent at night.
What is the cause of keratoconus?
Cataracts should be removed as soon as you notice them causing impediments to your eyesight. This can be in a number of forms, including excessive fogginess and double vision. If you notice your vision is constantly leaving you feeling disoriented or distracted due to cataracts, it is likely a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.
Can keratoconus cause blindness?
While keratoconus can progress quickly in the beginning stages, blindness is rare. With regular eye exams and the right treatment, people with keratoconus can still protect their vision and achieve a high degree of visual acuity. Studies have shown that corneal crosslinking is 98% effective at stopping the progression of keratoconus.
Do I Have Keratoconus?
Although keratoconus could cause vision loss or even blindness when unidentified, this disease can be effectively treated by a trained eye surgeon with years of experience in this specialized realm of care. When you’ve noticed any potential signs or symptoms of keratoconus, such as progressively worsening distance vision or blurry, distorted eyesight, reach out to our San Antonio, TX office and schedule your consultation with a member of our team.