Routine eye exams ensure that a local eye doctor can check the health of your eyes for signs of ocular disease and ensure your vision stays sharp and clear. However, patients with keratoconus often face fluctuations in their prescription and end up passing through various phases. Therefore, a consultation at Turner Eye in San Landro, CA can identify the patient’s level of keratoconus and recommended steps for treatment.
Patients with an early stage of keratoconus may start off wearing eyeglasses or soft contact lenses to correct their vision. As symptoms of light sensitivity and visual distortion start to occur, they are soon directed to wearing hard gas permeable contact lenses to control their vision.
Mild to Moderate Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a progressive disease that, when left unmanaged, can continue to change overtime demanding further intervention. Dr. Patel of Help Keratoconus utilizes intacs to safely reduce the constant changes in the cornea. Intacs helps stabilize the condition by attempting to restore the shape of the cornea to normal. Although intacs are not a permanent solution for some patients, the surgery is safe and effective for patients with early to moderate cases of keratoconus.
Moderate to Severe Keratoconus
In the event a patient reaches a moderate or severe case of keratoconus, where symptoms are causing their vision to blur, feel dizzy, or simply have an inability to perform day to day tasks, corneal cross-linking can be performed to surgically stabilize the cornea and help restore its shape. Not only has corneal cross-linking successfully helped numerous keratoconus patients achieve normal vision, but often keratoconus stops progressing due to the creation of strong bonds.
Of course, one of the most important decisions, when a surgery is recommended, depends on the rate of keratoconus progression and diagnosis by an expert surgeon like Dr. Turner or Dr. Patel. A consultation will ensure your vision is well taken care of so that you can return to living your life with healthy eyesight.