How to Know If You Have Keratoconus

  • Posted on: Oct 15 2018
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Eye Care Services St George, UTKeratoconus is an eye condition that gives the cornea a cone shape, as opposed to the normal dome or sphere shape. When collagen (tiny protein fibers) in the eye becomes weak, it can no longer sustain the dome shape of the cornea, ultimately resulting in a cone shape. Let’s discuss what the symptoms of Keratoconus are and what you can do to treat the condition.

Living with Keratoconus

It is typical for Keratoconus to begin during the teenage years or childhood. It can start in older individuals, but it is a more common development in people before the age of 30. Keratoconus can generate gradual changes or sudden alterations in your vision. These changes can often progress through decades or suddenly stop. Unfortunately, it is impossible to truly predict how the condition will progress and to what extent a patient will be affected. Normally, Keratoconus starts in one eye before affecting the other eye.

Keratoconus can change your vision by creating an irregular astigmatism or making your vision extremely nearsighted. The condition also makes it difficult to see properly without the assistance of contacts or glasses. In severe cases, a corneal transplant is necessary to fix one’s vision. If you have Keratoconus, it is unwise to pursue LASIK surgery because it can cause the cornea to become weaker and make your vision more blurry.

Regular eye exams will help you maintain healthy vision and allow a professional to quickly diagnose any potential problems, like Keratoconus.

Symptoms of Keratoconus

If you experience any of the following symptoms, arrange an eye exam with your doctor to determine the cause. These symptoms are specifically connected to Keratoconus, but can also be due to other eye problems as well.

  • An abrupt change in vision
  • Seeing triple or double ghost images
  • Feeling uncomfortable driving at night because of blurry vision
  • Streaking lights
  • Objects far away as well as near appear to be distorted
  • A sudden change in vision in one eye

Arrange a consultation today

For more information about how to maintain proper eye health, contact Richens Eye Center at 435.986.2020 (St. George), 435.628.1112 (St. George on Sunset Blvd), or 702-346-2950 (Mesquite).

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