Keratoconus is a problem with the shape and thickness of your cornea, and it can cause blurry vision as well as other vision issues. At Brilliant Eyes Vision Center in Smyrna, Georgia, Janelle Davison, OD, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating this condition. If you’d like more information, schedule an appointment online or by phone for a one-on-one exam and consultation.
The best way to understand keratoconus is to think about how the cornea works. Your cornea is the clear front portion of your eye. It is shaped by a dome, and is held into place by tiny protein fibers.
Your cornea bends light rays as they enter your eyes, allowing them to pass through your pupil and toward your retina, which is located in the rear portion of the eye. It also protects the eye by preventing debris from entering the interior portions.
In people with keratoconus, the fibers that hold your cornea into place are not strong enough to maintain the proper cornea shape. The cornea begins to bulge outward, creating less of a dome shape and more of a cone shape.
Those muscle fibers weaken when they don’t have sufficient antioxidants to fight off harmful cell byproducts. Researchers are unsure of the exact cause of keratoconus, but they believe there is a strong genetic component.
Any time you notice changes in your vision or eye health you should schedule an appointment at Brilliant Eyes Vision Center. Some of the symptoms of keratoconus include:
Don’t ignore these symptoms. Far too many people accept these types of vision changes as an inevitable part of growing older. In reality, any significant change in your vision should bring you in for a diagnostic exam.
Dr. Davison begins with a comprehensive eye exam. Corneal topography can help by creating a “picture” of your cornea to reveal abnormalities.
If your care team detects signs of keratoconus, a new eyeglass prescription might be the first treatment step. This is often enough to address mild cases. Contact lenses also may correct issues that stem from keratoconus.
Cornea collagen crosslinking is another option. This approach works by using an implanted ring to flatten a cone-shaped cornea and improve vision. In some cases, a corneal transplant is the best treatment option. Your care team will try the least invasive options first before moving toward surgical solutions.
If you’d like to come in for screening for keratoconus or other eye health issues, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is one option, or you can call to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.