Do you suspect you have keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye condition that causes low vision and can result in significant vision impairment if left untreated. At Vision Professionals of Leawood, Dr. Ohde will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have keratoconus. Our eye doctor will recommend the most suitable treatment options depending on what we find.


What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a disorder of the eye that can lead to nearsightedness, astigmatism, and significant vision impairment if left untreated. People with keratoconus have cone-shaped corneas, as opposed to the usual round shape of normal corneas. Unnatural stress on the surface of the eye causes it to bulge out. If you have keratoconus, your vision may be blurry due to the irregular curvature of your cornea.

What Causes Keratoconus?

The exact cause is unknown but some risk factors for this condition include family history, eye rubbing, and high levels of anxiety or stress. People with Down syndrome are also more likely to develop keratoconus. It is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30.

Symptoms of Keratoconus

People with keratoconus typically experience symptoms in their teens or 20s. Symptoms include eye irritation, red eyes, deterioration of close-up vision, and worsening overall vision. As the condition progresses, additional symptoms may include light sensitivity, halos around lights at night time, and ghost images (seeing double).

Treatment Options for Keratoconus

The first treatment options for keratoconus are eyeglasses or contact lenses. Special lenses can be added to the standard prescription lenses to optimize your vision. As keratoconus progresses, you may require corneal reshaping contact lens and/or intracorneal rings (ICR) implantation. Our optometrist will choose a treatment option based on the severity of your condition and other factors such as age and overall health.

Treating Keratoconus with Eye Surgery

If contact lenses and glasses are unable to improve your vision, the eye doctor will likely recommend a surgical option known as the corneal cross-linking procedure. It is a treatment that strengthens the cornea by increasing the number of "anchor points" that hold it together. Ideal candidates for this procedure include those whose keratoconus has worsened over time.

Contact Vision Professionals of Leawood in Leawood, KS

If you suspect that you have keratoconus, do not hesitate to contact Vision Professionals of Leawood. Our experienced eye doctor will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have this condition. Dr. Ohde will recommend appropriate treatment options to improve your vision. We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve clear vision. Call our team today at (913) 239-9446 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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