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Some eye issues are more troublesome than others - and keratoconus can become downright debilitating. If you're suffering from severe astigmatism, visual distortion, and other symptoms of this corneal disorder, you may be unable to get the relief you need through normal corrective measures such as eyeglasses. Fortunately, our team at Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks understands keratoconus - and we can provide you with the right treatment to help you optimize your vision.
Keratoconus is well described by its very name. It is a cone-like or uneven forward bulge in the corneal curvature that disrupts this tissue's normal smoothly spherical configuration. This abnormality usually begins in early adulthood and may progress significantly over the decades that follow. No one is entirely sure why keratoconus happens, even though it develops in 1 out of every 2,000 people worldwide. But people who have naturally thin or weak corneas are more likely to get keratoconus, and factors such as oxidative damage and UV exposure may contribute to such weakness. (Low antioxidant levels can limit the corneas' ability to protect themselves.) Even frequent eye-rubbers may be at elevated risk.
Keratoconus symptoms may start as a very subtle refractive error as the cornea begins to change shape. As the bulge gets more and more pronounced, you experience ever-worsening myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Sometimes the tissues even "crack" under the stress, making your vision even blurrier until they heal. Keratoconus sufferers also struggle with light/glare sensitivity.
The distortions of keratoconus often progress beyond the corrective abilities of eyeglasses and soft contacts (although anti-glare coatings and other options of eyeglass lenses may continue to ease light sensitivity issues). Fortunately, our Fair Oaks clinic can provide more advanced options to treat your keratoconus. These options include:
For more severe cases, we can refer you for procedures such as corneal cross-linking (which strengthens the corneal tissues), Intacs (which physically support the corneal curvature), or corneal transplant surgery (a quick and highly successful procedure in this modern age).
A comprehensive eye exam at Swan Family Optometry can diagnose keratoconus, helping you get the most effective treatment possible in the condition's earliest stages. Call our Fair Oaks optometrist at 916-966-6080 for an eye exam!
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