Keratoconus can substantially impact vision and, and as a result, greatly restrict one’s quality of life. However, at Atlanta Vision Cataract & Laser Center, serving patients in the Atlanta, Hapeville, Forest Park, College Park, and East Point communities of Georgia, our top ophthalmologists offer a number of treatments that can stop or slow the progression of this corneal eye condition.
Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the cornea progressively thins, and its normal dome-shape develops a cone-like bulge. This results in major visual impairment that can prevent one from performing basic tasks, like driving, working on a computer, or reading a book. The cornea is the transparent, outermost lens of the eye’s surface. Along with protecting the eye from dust and other debris, it controls focus and the entry of light into the eye.
In its earliest stages, keratoconus causes a slight blurring or cloudiness and/or distorted vision, along with, an increased sensitivity to light. These symptoms typically first appear during a patient’s late teens or early twenties. Symptoms may progress for, as much as 20 years, before slowing down and stabilizing. Each eye can react differently.
The cause is not entirely understood, however, keratoconus may is believed to be, in part, associated with eye rubbing and likely has a genetic component, although only 13% to 15% of those who are afflicted with keratoconus, a family member with the disease.
Treatment depends on both the severity of the disease and how rapidly it’s progressing. The options include:
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