The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped outermost layer of the eye. It acts as a lens, controlling and focusing the light that enters the eye. Keratoconus is a degenerative disease of the cornea that causes it to thin and bulge into a cone-like shape. This change can weaken the eye's acuity, causing blurred or distorted vision. Board-certified ophthalmologists Dr. Allison Young and Dr. Jana Waters have extensive and diverse experience in the diagnosis and treatment of keratoconus. The objective is to slow down the progression to preserve a patient's vision. Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX is pleased to offer advanced ocular care to our local community and invite you to contact our office to learn more about your treatment options.
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young. Today is January 8th of 2021 and the day before this I had a very gritty feeling in my right eye when I woke up. Just thinking it was my Sjogren's I put in the eye drops and it helped but I had double vision for the day. Knowing I could call Stone Oak Ophthalmology and find out if I need to see a Dr or just find out what I could do. They wanted to get me in but I live a across town and they got me an appointment right away the next day. I saw Dr. Whitney and just like Dr. Young, she took her time took the tests (she explained each test and her reason for taking them) and ended up finding out that I had Shingles in my right eye. I was then told it was a very good thing that I came in because it could be worse the longer you wait. I trust this office and my eye health whole heartily. I have always been treated with respect, professionalism, COVID responsible and I know my appointment was done to it's fullest to help both of us to understand what is happening with my eyes. Again I was afraid my eyesight was going to be gone and I have walked in there and them out knowing everything was being done that could be done. I also got to meet another one of these wonderful Doctors. Thank you Dr. Whitney, I'm not thrilled with having Shingles but thank you for informing me that getting the Shingles Shot is not a 100% it just makes it less infectious. I maybe miserable but it could of been a lot worse with out your insisting we do the testing and your hands on care it could be worse. If you are someone who needs an Ophthalmologist this is the group to go to."- R.P. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
"I love Dr. Young she’s definitely a great professional and friendly! Her concerns for my eye health is a priority. The Office Staff is professional and friendly too. I would highly recommend her."- C.E. / Facebook / Jul 15, 2020
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young."- R.M. / Google / Jun 02, 2020
"Dr. Whitney is excellent, caring and very professional. Her staff is professional, helpful and caring. Dr. Whitney’s surgery provided me with a 20/20 vision and I’m very grateful for that. I highly recommend."- R.C. / Google / Nov 27, 2020
"Dr. Teresa Whitney performed cataract surgery on both my left and right eyes in August 2020, and she did an absolutely AWESOME job! Like many, I was terrified of the procedure, and had deferred it for many years, until I was nearly blind - OK, I was legally blind. With GREAT anxiety, I submitted myself to Dr. Whitney's care, and I emerged from the first surgery absolutely amazed at the results. I was back her table a week later for the other eye, FAR less concerned with both the procedure and the outcome. I am now 20:20 in both eyes, no longer need glasses of any kind, and have for the first in over a decade, had the eyeglass restriction removed from my driver's license! I can honestly say, I'm very sorry that I have but only two eyes, or I'd be a repeat patient. Thank you, Dr. Whitney, for restoring my eyesight!!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 14, 2020
Keratoconus develops very slowly, which can make it fairly difficult to diagnose. In addition, its slow progression often doesn't make symptoms obvious until it reaches an advanced stage.
The most common signs and symptoms generally include:
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Light sensitivity and glare
- Sudden changes or clouding of vision
- Constant changes in eyeglass prescription
The exact cause of keratoconus is unclear, but it's a hereditary disease, which means it can be passed down from parent to offspring. Other factors may increase one's risks of developing keratoconus, like corneal thinning after eye surgery, chronic UV light exposure, obsessive eye rubbing, and long-term use of poorly fitted contact lenses.
Generally, with early keratoconus, eyeglasses or contact lenses are utilized to attain the best vision. Prior to any treatment, our San Antonio, TX ophthalmologists will perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your condition. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, a customized treatment plan will be developed. If the disease progresses and more invasive treatment is necessary, our doctors at Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center will refer you to a corneal specialist for further evaluation. Treatment options that are currently available include corneal implants and corneal cross-linking.
Keratoconus is manageable
Although keratoconus can be challenging to diagnose, our gifted ophthalmologists are diversely trained and experienced in identifying and treating keratoconus. If you have noticed abnormal or sudden changes in your vision, reach out to Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX to get the prompt treatment you need to preserve your eyesight and overall ocular health. We look forward to serving you and helping to restore your vision.