Keratoconus Treatment At The Vision Place
We see through our eye's cornea which contains a clear outer lens. A normal cornea is shaped like a ball or a dome. If the structure of the cornea is not strong enough to hold the round shape, it causes a condition called keratoconus.
What Causes This Condition?Your eye contains tiny fibers of a protein called collagen. These tiny fibers hold the cornea in place, keeping its round shape. If the fibers are weak, they won't be able to help the round shape, and over time, the cornea will become shaped more like a cone.
Who Is at Risk Of Developing Keratoconus?Keratoconus tends to run in families. If you have the condition, there is a good chance that your children will develop it as well. Certain diseases and medical conditions can also cause the condition such as retinitis pigmentosa, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Down syndrome, hay fever, and asthma. If you rub your eyes often, you would also be at risk.
When Does Keratoconus Usually Begin?In most cases, the condition begins in the teen years. It is possible for the symptoms to begin earlier in childhood and up to until a person is 30-years-old. It is possible for a person in their 40's to develop the condition; however, it is rare.
What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?Keratoconus can cause a few different symptoms. Some people develop all of the symptoms while others develop just one or two. The symptoms include:
How Is This Condition Diagnosed?Your optometrist can detect the signs of keratoconus during your annual eye exam. If you are having symptoms, you should schedule an appointment. If one of your parents have the condition, but you are showing no signs, you should still be checked by your eye doctor.
How Is Keratoconus Treated?There are a few treatments for this condition. The one that your eye doctor would choose would depend on the severity of the condition.
Contact The Vision Place in San Antonio, TX!
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of keratoconus, you should schedule an appointment with The Vision Place in San Antonio. Our doctors of optometry will perform an exam so that you can begin treatment.