We see through our corneas, which are the clear outer lenses or the "windshields" of our eyes. A normal cornea is shaped like a dome or ball. This allows light to filter through properly, resulting in clear, crisp vision. However, if you have keratoconus, the structure of the cornea is too weak to hold its round shape, causing the cornea to bulge outward like a cone. Several patients in the United States are affected by this condition. Fortunately, when you seek the help of a keratoconus specialist, they can help restore your vision.
Here are the three primary ways a keratoconus specialist can help you:
- Track Symptoms: A keratoconus specialist can help track any changes in your vision over time. With keratoconus, you may experience symptoms such as sudden changes in vision in just one eye, double vision when looking with just one eye, objects looking distorted, bright lights looking like they have halos around them or general blurry vision. If your eye doctor notices a significant change in your sight, they may suggest diagnostic testing to confirm the progression of this condition.
- Diagnosis: To fully determine if you have keratoconus, your specialist will measure the shape of your cornea. Oftentimes, this is done through a procedure called "corneal topography," which takes a photo of the cornea and analyzes it within seconds. Your keratoconus specialist will then be able to recommend and offer personalized treatment options to help restore your sight.
- Personalized Treatment Options: There are various treatment options available that can address the symptoms and side effects associated with keratoconus. Depending on the severity of your condition and your unique needs, your eye doctor may recommend Intacs® or Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL). Both options can help prevent your cornea from completely deteriorating, and can have the potential of reversing vision problems associated with keratoconus altogether.
As an experienced ophthalmologist who specializes in laser eye surgery and keratoconus treatment, Dr. Richard B. Foulkes can help you restore your vision so you can live a happy and fulfilling life. To fully determine which treatment option is best for you, Dr. Foulkes will meet with you in person to discuss your eye care goals and needs. Together, we will formulate a treatment plan to help you get the vision results you want to achieve.
If you're in the Lombard area and would like to learn more about your keratoconus treatment options, give our office a call at 630-724-1400 to schedule your initial consultation.