Protect Your Vision with Keratoconus Treatment
Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the cornea thins and begins to bulge. The normally round cornea develops a cone-like shape, which distorts the way light enters the eye and results in blurry vision. We provide a range of treatment options for keratoconus at our locations in Westminster and Northglenn, CO, including intacs and corneal cross-linking. Led by Dr. Jim E. Montgomery, our team of compassionate doctors at Montgomery Eye Care can tailor your treatment to the severity of your condition as well your personal preferences.
Your cornea is the clear, dome-shaped section at the front of your eye. The role of the cornea is to focus light into your eye and direct it to the retina for processing. For patients with keratoconus, the cornea thins and bulges out from the eye, becoming more cone-shaped than round. This change prevents the cornea from properly focusing light rays, leading to distorted or blurry vision. Other symptoms of keratoconus include:
- Progressive nearsightedness
- Irregular astigmatism
- Light sensitivity
- Eye redness or swelling
Patients with keratoconus often require frequent changes to their prescription eyeglasses and contacts. In severe stages, this condition can prevent you from wearing contacts at all. Generally, this condition takes years to progress. However, in some patients, keratoconus can worsen suddenly and the cornea can develop scar tissue.
Causes of Keratoconus
The causes of this condition are not fully understood, though it may be linked to an imbalance of enzymes within the cornea. This imbalance makes the eye more likely to weaken. There are certain risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing keratoconus, including:
- Overexposure to ultraviolet rays
- Excessive eye rubbing
- A history of poorly fitting contact lenses
- Chronic eye irritation
Keratoconus often affects individuals with a family history of the condition. If one of your close relatives has keratoconus, you should attend regular eye exams at our office so we can monitor the shape and health of your eyes.
We understand how stressful the effects of keratoconus can be and will work closely with you to improve your vision.
For mild stages of keratoconus, eyeglasses and soft contact lenses can help. However, keratoconus is a progressive disease and the cornea will likely continue to thin, requiring frequent prescription changes. If Dr. Montgomery or one of our other specialists diagnoses you with this condition, there are a variety of treatment options available. Some of the most common keratoconus treatments include:
- Intacs: small implantable devices that help to flatten the curve of your cornea for improved vision
- Corneal cross-linking: a combination treatment, which uses ultraviolet (UV) light and eye drops to strengthen the cornea
- Corneal transplant: the surgical replacement of all or part of a diseased cornea with healthy tissue
Certain specialized types of contact lenses, such as hybrid or scleral lenses, can also improve this condition. In addition, some patients with thin corneas qualify for a photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which provides similar results to LASIK. Your doctor can discuss all of your options with you and help determine the best course of action.
Find the Right Treatment
At Montgomery Eye Care, we are committed to serving the needs of our patients. We understand how stressful the effects of keratoconus can be and will work closely with you to improve your vision. For more information about our comprehensive eye care services, call our office at (303) 252-9981 or contact us online today.
"My friend referred me to Dr. Montgomery who was VERY patient, and determined I had a virus, complicated by dry eye. I have been working with him for over about two years now, and my eye is MUCH better under his very professional care. If you have an ongoing problem, or just need a good eye doc, I highly recommend him."Review From ratemds.com