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Keratoconus Treatment 

If the cornea of the eye is a clear "window" that receives incoming light to be focused into images, then individuals with keratoconus may feel as if they're looking through a funhouse mirror -- only without the fun. This deformation of the corneal contours tends to get progressively worse, causing vision impairments ranging from astigmatism to extreme light sensitivity. But you don't have to let keratoconus wreck your vision when you have Best Eyecare Associates on your side.

Our Thornton optometrist, Dr. Christine Best, can prescribe gas permeable contact lenses and other forms of keratoconus treatment.

Keratoconus treatment from  local thornton optometrist

Understanding Keratoconus

To understand keratoconus, it's important to grasp the cornea's role in normal eyesight. This semi-spherical transparent tissue is shaped so the light will pass through it uniformly for clear retinal images. Many people are born with tiny imperfections on the corneal curvature, a condition known as astigmatism. But the corneal tissue of some individuals is abnormally thin or weak, and this can allow the cornea to bulge outward into a cone-like form. As you can imagine, these changes interfere with vision, producing issues such as:

  • Moderate to severe astigmatism or myopia (nearsightedness)
  • A corrective lens prescription that seems to be changing constantly
  • Light and glare sensitivity
  • Eye irritation

Keratoconus may start in the 20s and develop throughout young adulthood before finally settling down to a final state of distortion. Every once in a while, an advanced case of keratoconus will cause fissures or swelling to develop in the cornea. This may produce a sudden worsening of vision until the injuries heal -- and the scar tissue left behind can cause additional vision problems.

Keratoconus Treatment Options

If you're coping with vision that always seems to be taking a turn for the worse, you need to get your eyes examined. We can use retinoscopy, slit lamp testing, keratometry and digital corneal mapping techniques to diagnose keratoconus and evaluate the degree of corneal deformation. Depending on what stage of the condition you're in, we may recommend keratoconus treatment options such as:

  • Eyeglasses - Eyeglasses can correct mild to moderate keratoconus fairly easily, although the prescription may need frequent updates.
  • Gas permeable contact lenses - If your keratoconus is too advanced for standard soft contacts, our eye doctor in Thornton can fit you with gas permeable contact lenses instead. These specialized contacts maintain their own constant curvature independent of the cornea.
  • Scleral contacts - Some cases of keratoconus may require scleral contacts. These gas permeable contact lenses, which sit on the white of the eye, extend over the entire cornea.
  • Eye drops - If you're suffering from a bout of corneal fissures or swelling, we can administer medicated eye drops to reduce your distress.

Ask Our Eye Doctor in Thornton for Help!

You can enjoy clear vision even if you have Keratoconus, thanks to Best Eyecare Associates. Call 303-254-4888 to schedule a consultation with our eye doctor in Thornton. We look forward to meeting with you!