Keratoconus (Progressive Cornea Thinning Disorder) – Greater Rhode Island

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About Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a corneal disease that causes refractive vision errors. The shape of the cornea is directly related to the proper refraction of light, but keratoconus causes the cornea to thin and bulge so that its shape becomes elongated. Keratoconus is a progressive disease that is usually inherited genetically, but it can be caused by external factors, like rubbing your eyes too much. At Koch Eye Associates, we provide comprehensive keratoconus diagnostics and treatments at our offices in Providence, Warwick, North Kingstown, Johnston, Woonsocket, and Wakefield, RI. When you come in for your consultation, you will receive a personalized treatment plan based on a thorough evaluation performed by a specialized ophthalmologist. Schedule your visit today to find out how we can help you fight against your keratoconus.

Symptoms

Patients with genetic keratoconus typically start to have noticeable symptoms as teenagers or young adults. Patients who have acquired the condition through external factors may notice symptoms earlier or later in life. Common symptoms of keratoconus include:

  • Distorted or double vision
  • Astigmatism
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Vision impairment in dim lighting
  • Vision loss

Causes

Keratoconus is usually an inherited condition; however, it can be caused by a number of external or environmental factors. These factors include long-term use of ill-fitting contact lenses, overexposure to UV rays, excessive eye rubbing, and chronic eye allergies. Individuals with a family history of keratoconus should be sure to attend comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis. Catching the condition in its earliest stages can be the key to maintaining your vision and managing any symptoms before they are uncomfortable.

Treatment Options

The treatment options for keratoconus vary, depending on the stage of the disease. In the early stages, keratoconus can be managed well with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is a progressive disease, though, which means that it will continue to get worse with age. In its later stages, patients typically begin to notice that their glasses and contacts are not helping their vision any longer, and they need a more aggressive treatment. Surgeries, such as corneal cross-linking and corneal transplants, are often used to treat keratoconus in the later stages. The experienced ophthalmologists at Koch Eye Associates have helped hundreds of men and women improve or maintain their vision with these treatments.

Keratoconus Treatment

While keratoconus can lead to significant vision loss without treatment, it can be controlled by a skilled ophthalmologist. If you suffer from keratoconus or suspect that you do, schedule an examination at Koch Eye Associates. We have highly trained, experienced ophthalmologists at our facilities throughout Rhode Island who can help you preserve your vision. Contact us today to get started on your customized treatment plan.

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