Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea (the curved, clear front surface of the eye) that is often visually debilitating. In Keratoconus there is progressive thinning of the cornea and as a result the cornea develops a cone-like bulge and becomes distorted. The distorted cornea affects the focusing ability of the eye impairing the vision. Keratoconus does not cause blindness but if left untreated, Keratoconus can however lead to significant vision impairment resulting in legal blindness. It is imperative to see someone that specialises in Keratoconus: this will guarantee appropriate treatment.
Treatment options for Keratoconus include spectacles, soft contact lenses, Rigid gas permeable or hard contact lenses (when fitted properly this is the most successful option), Intacs with Riboflavin cross-linking or surgery by corneal transplantation for more severe cases. If corneal transplantation is finally required its success rate is greater than 95% when undertaken by an expert corneal surgeon. 40% of people having corneal transplants will require contact lenses again and the vast remaining number will require some form of spectacles.
When seeking treatment for Keratoconus it is very important to see an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist who is experienced in managing Keratoconus.As contact lenses are often the best form of vision correction in Keratoconus, it is essential to see an Optometrist who specialises in contact lens fittings.Most people with Keratoconus, are under the impression that the only form of treatment available is corneal transplantation. There are many treatment options available and only in certain cases is transplantation required. In fact up to 95% of keratoconus can be managed very well with glasses and or specialty contact lenses.
At theeyecarecompany, we have strong and extensive experience in managing keratoconus with speciality contact lenses. Read more about speciality contact lenses here.
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