College Station Keratoconus Treatment – International EyeCare Laser & Lifestyle Center
The cornea, or the clear surface of the eye, focuses images on the retina. A normal cornea is curved and its shape resembles a basketball. The cornea withstands continual pressure from inside the eye, and collagen helps the cornea to maintain its curved shape. Some corneas begin to yield to the pressure because of the breakdown in the collagen; the cornea starts to bulge or become cone-shaped in a condition called keratoconus. Since the cornea’s shape becomes deformed and the cornea can no longer properly focus images on the retina, vision suffers. International EyeCare Laser & Lifestyle Center treats many College Station keratoconus patients who are having trouble seeing clearly and performing everyday tasks.
What Causes Keratoconus?
There are several causes of keratoconus, according to experts. These include genetics, certain types of allergies and forceful eye rubbing. Some experts believe there is a link between keratoconus and Down syndrome.
Signs of Keratoconus
Typical signs of keratoconus include:
- Blurred vision
- Nearsightedness (trouble seeing objects close up)
- Failure of glasses to correct blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Night vision problems
- Ghost-like images
- Double vision
The eye doctors at International EyeCare Laser & Lifestyle Center may use corneal topography to make a map of the cornea’s curvature. Also, as keratoconus progresses, the cornea becomes thinner at the point of the cone; a test called pachymetry will determine the thickness of the cornea.
Treatment for Keratoconus
There are several treatments available to keratoconus College Station patients at International EyeCare Laser & Lifestyle Center. These include the following:
- Contact lenses (rigid and gas-permeable)
- Corneal reshaping with the use of radio energy
- Corneal implants
- Corneal transplant
No two patients have the exact same needs, so our eye doctors customize treatment to the individual patient. They will recommend treatment after a one-on-one consultation with the patient.
If you have noticed your vision is becoming blurred and corrective lenses are not improving your vision, contact International EyeCare Laser & Lifestyle Center. A member of our team will schedule an appointment for you to meet our eye doctors.
The experienced team at International EyeCare Laser & Lifestyle Center is widely known amongst College Station LASIK patients for their expertise. Few other doctors in the area are as talented and compassionate as the International EyeCare team. The doctors also offer cataract surgery in College Station.