If you suffer from blurred vision and eye strain, it may be necessary to visit an eye doctor to ensure that these are not precursors to a more serious condition. While these symptoms may be the cause of something as simple as general nearsightedness or farsightedness, they could also be an early indicator of keratoconus. A visit to the office of Shannon Chandler, O.D. for a keratoconus exam in Las Vegas will help determine the cause of your blurred vision and eye strain, and offer possible solutions to lessen or alleviate the symptoms.
Difficulty driving at night, halos and ghosting (especially at night), headaches and general eye pain, as well as eye irritation and excessive rubbing of the eye are all common symptoms of keratoconus in addition to blurred vision. Keratoconus is defined as a distortion or irregularity of the shape of the cornea. The cornea is a clear layer that covers the front of the eye and allows light to enter. In a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome; in an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea slowly thins and bulges so that it has a cone shape. Keratoconus tends to affect younger people, with symptoms appearing in the early teen years; the symptoms can progress rapidly for the next 10 to 20 years. The cause of keratoconus is unknown. Often, eyeglass prescriptions must be changed frequently as the disease progresses. In the very early stages of keratoconus, vision problems can be corrected with prescription glasses or soft contact lenses. As keratoconus progresses, special rigid gas permeable or hybrid (combination rigid and soft) contact lenses may be necessary. Advanced keratoconus may require surgery. This affliction is usually diagnosed with a slit-lamp examination and corneal curvature measurements. During your keratoconus exam in Las Vegas, Dr. Chandler will look for signs of corneal thinning stress lines and scarring at the apex of the corneal cone. This can be a challenge to diagnose, and symptoms could be associated with other eye problems. Simply recognizing symptoms does not, by itself, diagnose the condition.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about keratoconus exams, or any of our other services, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly. Since symptoms of keratoconus are sometimes associated with other eye problems, it’s important to get your eyes examined regularly. So, if your vision is blurred, there is a clear choice for your keratoconus exam in Las Vegas: Call the office of Shannon Chandler, O.D. today to schedule an appointment.