Keratoconus is one of the disorders of the eye that leads to blurry vision. It happens when the cornea, the clear front of the eye that focuses light, thins it's normally round shape becomes distorted in a cone shape. That can lead to blurry vision and sensitivity to light and glare. Keratoconus can make it difficult for a patient to read, drive, or carry out daily tasks. Dr. Seema Mohanan at Optics&EYECARE in Ashburn is uniquely qualified to treat patients with keratoconus and other disorders with misshapen corneas.
What are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?
Patients who develop Keratoconus notice that their vision is blurry and they are often sensitive to light. A need to frequently change prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses may also be a warning sign. Sudden vision cloudiness may also be traced to keratoconus. If a patient’s cornea swells quickly that may also be a dangerous indicator because a swollen cornea can lead to scarring. An optometrist can help determine what is behind those types of changes and how to treat them.
Why Does Keratoconus Happen?
Keratoconus happens when tiny protein fibers called collagen just can’t hold the cornea in place anymore. Researchers aren’t exactly sure what triggers keratoconus. They believe it can be caused by environmental factors as well as genetic factors. Studies have shown that one in ten keratoconus patients have a parent with the same condition.
How is Keratoconus Treated?
In the early stages, keratoconus can usually be treated with prescription glasses or contact lenses. But keratoconus is a progressive disease. As time goes on gas-permeable or other rigid lenses may be prescribed to help control the curvature of the cornea. Eventually, the patient might need a cornea transplant when the cone-shaped bulge in the cornea can no longer be corrected. A comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist can determine the best course of treatment for this condition.
Schedule an Eye Exam
If you have any concerns about your eye health, the best place to start is with a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist. Dr. Seema Monahan is seeing current and new patients at Optics&EYECARE in Ashburn. You’ll be in the hands of a caring and compassionate eye doctor who will work with you to provide the best vision possible no matter what the diagnosis. You can schedule an appointment through our online scheduler here on the website or call the office at 703-687-4719.