Have you recently been diagnosed with keratoconus? If so, you may have a lot of questions. Keratoconus is a condition in which the normally round, dome-shaped cornea becomes thin and develops a cone-like bulge. This can cause blurred vision, double vision, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. In some cases, it may even require a cornea transplant. When patients come to DeCarlo Eye Center in the Wauwatosa, WI area, they have tons of questions regarding keratoconus.
Can Someone With Keratoconus Live a Normal Life?
The short answer is, yes! Keratoconus can certainly progress to the point where it becomes debilitating. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, most people can live relatively normal lives. That's why we recommend visiting an ophthalmologist if you suspect you have keratoconus. The earlier you do so, the better our eye doctor will be able to address your problem. There are several different treatment options available that can help slow the progression of keratoconus and improve vision.
What Can Exacerbate My Keratoconus Symptoms?
There are a couple of things that can make keratoconus symptoms worse. These include:
- Rubbing your eyes excessively
- Exposure to UV rays
- Using old contact lenses
If you have keratoconus, it's important to take good care of your eyes and avoid anything that may worsen your symptoms. If not, you may find that your vision deteriorates fairly quickly.
Are There Any New Treatments for Keratoconus?
Yes! There have been several new keratoconus treatments developed in recent years. One of the most promising is corneal cross-linking. This is a relatively new procedure that uses ultraviolet light and vitamin B12 to strengthen the cornea. Corneal cross-linking is quite effective at slowing the progression of keratoconus. If you have keratoconus, we recommend talking to your ophthalmologist about whether this treatment is right for you. We also offer ortho-k lenses, which are hard lenses to be worn overnight that will restore the cornea’s natural shape, allowing you to see clearly in the morning.
How Long Does It Take to Heal Keratoconus?
The healing process for keratoconus can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the treatment option chosen. In general, however, it takes a few weeks to several months for patients to see significant improvements in their vision.
When Should I See an Ophthalmologist?
If you think you may have keratoconus, it's important to see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. The earlier you seek treatment, the better your chances are of slowing the progression of the condition and preserving your vision.
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Call DeCarlo Eye Center in Wauwatosa, WI, at (414) 476-5120 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.