Keratoconus, a condition in which your corneas bulge outward, affects as many as 1 in 400 people. Experienced optometrists Drs. Scolinos and Louie, and the team of professionals at Inglewood Optometric Center in Inglewood, California, provide compassionate and expert keratoconus treatment tailored for your particular needs. Book your appointment by phone or through online scheduling today.
Keratoconus occurs when the clear layer covering your eye, the cornea, bulges out into a cone shape. This abnormal shape prevents light from properly focusing on your retina, which causes blurry eyesight and other troublesome symptoms.
Keratoconus symptoms vary depending on its stage. In the earliest stages, which usually start in your late teens or early 20s, you typically have:
It's common for keratoconus to worsen gradually over 10-20 years before progression slows significantly. Often, keratoconus stabilizes in your 30s or 40s, but it varies by individual.
Some symptoms of late-stage keratoconus include worsening vision and difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably.
The causes of keratoconus aren't certain at this time. About 10% of people with keratoconus have a parent with the condition, indicating a genetic cause in some cases.
Other factors that may contribute to keratoconus include eye allergies, eye rubbing, connective tissue disorders, asthma, and Down syndrome.
The optometry care team at Inglewood Optometric Center recommends treatment to slow or stop keratoconus progression. Treatment options may include:
For mild keratoconus, an updated glasses prescription can help with your symptoms.
As keratoconus worsens, you might need to switch to RGP contact lenses. These lenses flatten your corneas slightly to help focus your sight better. Another option might be "piggybacking" lenses, which means layering an RGP lens over a soft one.
Collagen cross-linking treatment involves riboflavin eye drops and ultraviolet (UV) light. This treatment can help reinforce the collagen in your corneas to stop keratoconus progression.
For more serious keratoconus, the team might refer you for surgery to implant a small device that pushes down your cornea. In the most severe cases, you could need a corneal transplant to replace your cornea with donor tissue.
The Inglewood Optometric Center team explains the treatment options and helps you find the best way to prevent keratoconus progression and sharpen your vision.
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