Keratoconus 2017-03-31T02:56:13+00:00
Moderate Keratoconus producing
monocular double-vision

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In honor of National Doctors Day 2017, the National Keratoconus Foundation asked their newsletter subscribers to tell them why their eye doctor was special. Dr. Blaze is among the forty practices of ophthalmologists and Optometrists who provide outstanding care to their KC patients.

Dr. Blaze is on the cutting edge of all the new techniques, products, and lens designs, determined to find the right fit for his Keratoconic patients.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a corneal disorder in which the cornea is thinning and becomes distorted.

The progression is generally slow and can stop at any stage from mild to severe. As Keratoconus progresses, the cornea tends to bulge, which causes the corneal tissue to thin. As the thinning progresses, the corneal shape becomes irregular and scarring may occur.

Multiple moon effect with mild Keratoconus

Causes of Keratoconus

The cause of the disorder is not yet known, but there’s a strong suggestion that genetics play a role.

There is still much research in progress attempting to find an answer to this ongoing question. One theory is that the corneal thinning is associated with enzyme balance. The imbalance makes the cornea more susceptible to oxidative damage from compounds, which weaken it and bulge forward and/or scar.

Moderate Keratoconus producing
monocular double-vision

Symptoms of Keratoconus

People who have Keratoconus typically present with a mild astigmatism correction, usually at the onset of puberty.

Generally, one can be diagnosed by their late teens to early 20’s. When children are diagnosed at an earlier age, it indicates a greater risk of severity of the disorder.

The patient’s vision tends to fluctuate, which drives them to change their contact lens prescriptions quite frequently. For some, the disorder and prescription are stable for years or indefinitely. For others, it may progress quite rapidly. Most often, Keratoconus progresses for a period of about ten to twenty years before it generally stabilizes. A new procedure called collagen crosslinking help stabilize the corneal thinning.

With mild forms of Keratoconus, spectacles or soft contact lenses may help, but as the disorder progresses and the cornea becomes more irregular and thinner, the harder it is to correct the vision with glasses or soft contact lenses. The vision becomes inadequate. The rigid lens material enables the contact to cover the cornea and smooth its irregular shape. This will significantly improve the vision.

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