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What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus Sioux FallsKeratoconus is an eye condition where the cornea becomes thin and it bulges forward. The cornea is normally a round dome shape, but when Keratoconus occurs it develops a cone like bulge. The cornea is an important part of your eye because as the light enters to eye, the cornea refracts, or focuses the light rays so that you are able to see clearly. When Keratoconus occurs, the shape of the cornea is altered resulting in distorted vision. Keratoconus can make certain activities such as driving, watching television or reading, extremely difficult.

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The causes of Keratoconus are related to certain factors including constant rubbing of the eyes, and heredity. People suffering from Keratoconus may start to notice symptoms as early as their late teens and early twenties. Call for information on Keratoconus doctors in Sioux Falls.

What are the symptoms of Keratoconus?

Keratoconus usually affects both eyes, but symptoms may be different in each eye. Symptoms usually include:

  • Distortion of vision
  • Slight irritations
  • Mild blurring of vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare

Keratoconus also has the ability to produce astigmatism. Keratoconus can resolve on naturally, but this eye disease may leave behind scars that could result in decreased vision.

Treatment of Keratoconus

The treatment of Keratoconus will depend on the severity of the condition. In the earliest phases, it can be treated with glasses or contact lenses. Hard contact lenses may be required to help refract light evenly. As the disease develops a corneal transplant may be required. During this transplant a healthy donor cornea will replace your existing cornea. 

Less invasive procedures include Intacs. Intacs are tiny rings placed on the cornea to improve vision.