Keratoconus in San Souci is an eye disease that affects your cornea. It is one of those that we screen for as part of our comprehensive eye exam, recommended annually for all of our valued patients. The nature of keratoconus is that your cornea begins to lose its normal shape, which is round, and morphs into a shape that is more conical. This occurs because the collagen in your eye loses its strength. And since that is what is responsible for the cornea maintaining its shape, the inevitable result is bulging and the consequences that are part of it. Fortunately, here at Yeager Vision Care, we can diagnose and treat keratoconus with our stellar eye care.
If you’re searching for symptoms of keratoconus in San Souci, they generally show up in the latter stages of the disease. Early on, you may not even be aware of any issues. This is a big reason why a yearly eye exam is so vital. If our eye doctor detects the presence of this disease before it has progressed to a more advanced stage, you will probably be able to treat it with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. And unless your symptoms worsen, this may be sufficient to handle the matter.
If, however, your keratoconus in San Souci becomes more than can be dealt with using corrective lenses, surgery may be the only viable option. A procedure called INTACS is the state-of-the-art solution for keratoconus. It’s safe, effective, and minimally invasive. It works by flattening the cornea and in the process alleviating the symptoms of it and restoring more normal vision to you.
Some of the more obvious symptoms that you may experience from keratoconus in San Souci and that would indicate to you that you should call us right away and schedule an examination include problems driving at night, eye strain, general eye pain, eye irritation, eye itchiness, and halos that appear within your field of vision. Our eye doctor will do a series of tests, including a slit-lamp exam in order to reach a definitive diagnosis that will point in the direction toward the best treatment path.
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.
Eye Care Berea
2304 West Parker Road
Greenville, SC 29617