Keratoconus

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In Jacksonville, FL, women and men with keratoconus typically present with myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. Some are surprised to learn that they have keratoconus which results in a thinning of the corneal tissue. This thinning, combined with the normal pressure from within the eye, causes the cornea to bulge, changing from round to cone-shaped and distorting vision.

Keratoconus patients are fortunate to have Bowden Eye & Associates and our 2 fellowship-trained cornea specialists, Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, and Dr. Sarah Darbandi, for the optimal treatment of this condition.

Do You Have Keratoconus?

Symptoms of keratoconus may include:

  • Vision changes such as double vision in just one eye
  • Distortion of objects both near and far
  • Halos or streaking around lights
  • Difficulty driving due to blurry vision

Keratoconus causes a steepening of the corneal curve that happens gradually. As the cornea changes shape from round to more cone-like, vision deteriorates. In most cases, the changes in the cornea due to keratoconus begin in the teen years and stabilize at about 30 years of age. Patients are almost always left highly nearsighted with astigmatism.

The cause of keratoconus is unclear, although it is believed to be hereditary and environmental factors like allergens can worsen the condition. The changes from keratoconus may progress quickly or gradually; they may also stop altogether or continue over decades. It is not uncommon for keratoconus to present first in only one eye, however both eyes will eventually be affected.

Diagnosing keratoconus involves measuring the shape of the cornea, usually with corneal topography, which captures an image of the cornea in seconds.

Keratoconus Treatment Options

When glasses alone don’t do the trick, keratoconus is often treated with rigid contact lenses. The hard lenses flatten the corneal bulge and consequently, improve the patient’s vision. Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, and Dr. Sarah Darbandi help keratoconus patients to have clearer vision first through the use of Intacs® inserts or corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) treatments to strengthen your cornea. Ultimately, as the condition progresses, it may be necessary for our doctors to perform corneal transplant surgery using the latest techniques.

Find Out More About Keratoconus Treatments in Jacksonville

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