A strong, healthy cornea is essential to having good vision. It directs light toward your retina, and if it changes shape, it will deflect the light in such a way that you will have distorted vision. Keratoconus occurs when your cornea thins and weakens, making such distortions more likely. If you are experiencing symptoms of keratoconus, you should schedule an eye care exam as soon as possible.
The ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Centers have the experience and training needed to diagnose and treat cases of keratoconus. Schedule an appointment at their practice in the Hudson Valley today by calling 845-443-4998.
Signs and Symptoms of Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a rare condition that eye doctors are still working to understand. We know that people with the condition have corneas that gradually get thinner, and that genetics play a major part in who has it. Other risk factors, like excessive eye rubbing or poorly-fitting contact lenses, have also been found.
Signs that you may have keratoconus include:
- Nearsightedness that keeps getting worse
- Irregular astigmatism
- Distorted and blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Glare and “light halos” at night
The extent of the damage you experience can vary greatly from case to case. Our ophthalmologists might first detect keratoconus during your eye exam, but in order to confirm it, they will need to measure the shape of your cornea with a corneal topography.
There are several ways that keratoconus can be treated, generally depending on how severe the condition is, and whether it is progressive in nature. Some patients find that their keratoconus is treatable with glasses or soft contacts, but others may require a more elaborate procedure to restore their sight.
Options for treating keratoconus include:
- Custom soft contacts
- Gas-permeable contact lenses
- Therapeutic contact lenses
- INTACS corneal ring implants
- Corneal cross-linking surgery
- Conductive keratoplasty
- Corneal implants
The type of contact lens that can best help your keratoconus depends on the extent of your condition, and is best determined by your ophthalmologist. If your family has a history of keratoconus, you should have corneal mapping done every year for you and any children you have.
Keratoconus Treatment in the Hudson Valley
The ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Centers are excellent choices for treating keratoconus or other congenital eye disorders. Their practice is equipped with cutting-edge technology, they have the training and experience to treat corneal issues, and they have a history of getting excellent results.
Call 845-443-4998 or fill out a form on this website to set up your appointment with Seeta Eye Centers today. Our eye doctors serve patients in Highland, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and the surrounding communities.