The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped outermost lens of the eye. It controls and focuses the entry of light into the eye for optimal focusing power. 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, Dr. Kristin Held, and Dr. Teresa Whitney have extensive and diverse experience in the diagnosis and treatment of keratoconus. Traditionally, this condition can be treated with corneal implants or conductive keratoplasty. The objective is to decelerate 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.
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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 can be used to attain stable 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. At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center, we offer several treatment options, including corneal implants and conductive keratoplasty (CK). This is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes radiofrequency to correct keratoconus. Your treatment will be determined by the stage and severity of your condition in addition to your personal preferences. Our team will keep your comfort and safety in mind at every step when considering which treatment form is best for you.
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.