Are you currently suffering from the ocular condition known as keratoconus? Keratoconus is unlike any other vision problem; it is a unique degenerative disorder which causes structural changes to the cornea of the eye. The cornea begins to thin due to weakening of the collagen fibers in the corneal tissue. As the collagen fibers continue to lose their strength, the cornea bulges outward into the shape of a cone. As the cone shape progresses, corneal scarring can occur which may result in the need for a corneal transplant.
Symptoms of keratoconus include distortion of the vision, seeing multiple images, and sensitivity to lights or glare. While there is no known cause for keratoconus, there are some genetic and environmental factors that can trigger its onset. Studies have also shown that excessive eye rubbing can cause progression of the disease.
For patients with early keratoconus, glasses and soft contact lenses can be used to correct vision. As the condition progresses, it is necessary to correct the vision with a rigid, gas-permeable lens, also known as an RGP lens. An RGP lens is not always as comfortable a fit as a soft lens. To alleviate this, hybrid lenses have been developed that allow for the best of both worlds. Hybrid lenses have an RGP center with a soft outer lens ‘skirt’ to provide better comfort and visual clarity. Dr. Chandler can determine if this type of contact lens is right for you at your next contact lens fitting.
The progression of keratoconus differs from patient to patient and needs to be continuously monitored. During a keratoconic contact lens fitting, Dr. Chandler evaluates the health of the cornea, strength of vision, and the fit of the contact lenses. Problems such as dry eyes, allergies, and your environment can all present challenges when wearing contact lenses. The needs of each patient are carefully considered during all contact lens fitting appointments with Shannon Chandler, O.D. She is dedicated to finding the best option to provide you with healthy, comfortable and clear vision.
For the very best in contact lens fittings and keratoconus correction, be sure to visit the state-of-the-art practice of Shannon Chandler, O.D. Our professionally trained optometrists utilize the latest in optical technology for the best vision correction possible. Call our office today at (702) 791-6860 to schedule an appointment.
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