At Yeager Vision Care, our Berea Medicare optometrist and the rest of our staff treats patients with a varying range of eye conditions and other associated problems. One common eye condition that we treat at our practice is called keratoconus. Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the shape of the cornea becomes distorted in some way. The cornea is part of the front of your eye. It is a clear structure that covers the front of your eye and is responsible for allowing light into your eye properly. Normally, the cornea is curved into a dome-like shape. When someone has keratoconus, the cornea is sagged into a cone-like shape. While we are unsure of why keratoconus begins, we do know that it tends to occur in younger people, with symptoms sometimes beginning in the teen years and then progressing rapidly for the next ten to twenty years.
Some symptoms typically associated with keratoconus include: difficulty driving at night, seeing halos at night, frequent eye strain, headaches, general eye pain, eye irritation, constant rubbing of the eye and more. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Berea Medicare optometrist as soon as possible. During your appointment, we will perform a series of tests in order to confirm a diagnosis. The most important examination is the slit lamp examination, which allows our Berea Medicare optometrist to measure the curvature in your cornea and record any abnormalities. We will look for signs of keratoconus including corneal thinning, stress lines, and scarring at the apex of the corneal cone. If a diagnosis of keratoconus is confirmed, we will then discuss treatment options with you and devise a plan to combat your symptoms. During the early stages of the condition, we often recommend the use of contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses. As it progresses, special gas permeable lenses may be needed, or surgical methods may be explored.
To learn more about your eye health and the related services provided by our Berea Medicare optometrist, we encourage you to visit the main Yeager Vision Care website. Do not hesitate to contact our staff directly if you have any questions or concerns.