15 Apr Keratoconus Treatment
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape, causing distorted vision. In the early stages, eyeglasses may be all you need to improve vision. But, as the cornea becomes increasingly irregular, eyeglasses and soft contact lenses are less effective at correcting vision.
For mild to moderate keratoconus, scleral contact lenses are typically the treatment of choice. However, in more advanced cases, a corneal transplant may be needed. Currently, there is no cure for keratoconus. But it can be managed successfully with the right treatment. With this in mind, we offer some insight on keratoconus treatment options.
Because every eye is different, it’s important to get an eye exam from a doctor who understands this condition. In doing so, your doctor can determine the health of your eyes before you begin any treatment. With this in mind, we offer some insight on the surgical and non-surgical keratoconus treatment options below.
- Intacs: reshape the cornea by flattening it closer to its original dome shape.
- Corneal Transplant: a procedure that replaces the cornea, the clear front layer of your eye.
- Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking: a procedure that strengthens and stabilizes the cornea.
- Scleral Lenses: a contact lens that vaults over the cornea, resting on the whites (sclera) of your eye
- In doing so, they functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus.
Because every eye is different, it’s important to have an eye exam from a doctor who understands this condition.
Non-Surgical Keratoconus Treatment: Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses are the most common as well as the most successful treatment for those with keratoconus. In fact, this non-surgical keratoconus treatment, can eliminate blurry vision caused by an irregular cornea and can also be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you’ve been told in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea or even dry eyes, you may want to get a second opinion and ask about scleral contact lenses.
Scleral lenses are the most common and most successful treatment for those with keratoconus.
Keratoconus Treatment Offered At Murata Eyecare
If you cannot see clearly with glasses or regular contact lenses, we have state of the art technology to help you see clearly. With our new sMap3D which measures your eyes with extreme accuracy (1 million points) we can customize your contact lenses designed with your needs in mind! As a result, we provide you with the best possible vision. Contact us today at (805) 522-7007 to book a contact lens exam, or to learn more about our new technology.