Keratoconus causes your corneas to bulge out, so it can potentially lead to serious problems like corneal scarring if untreated. At Todani Eye Associates, in Plainville, Massachusetts, leading ophthalmologist Amit Todani, MD, and the team provide the highest standard of keratoconus care, including the most effective minimally invasive innovation today: corneal cross-linking. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule your eye exam today.
Keratoconus is a condition in which the clear front surface of your eye (the cornea) weakens and thins. This causes bulging, leading to a cone-shaped cornea. Keratoconus usually occurs in both eyes but it may be more pronounced in one eye.
Keratoconus doesn’t necessarily cause cone-shaped corneas right away. In fact, it usually starts in teenage years and then progresses quite slowly over a decade or longer. Some symptoms that you may experience include:
During regular eye exams, your Todani Eye Associates provider screens for keratoconus by examining your corneas up close and evaluating any new symptoms.
Keratoconus treatment depends on the stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis, your symptoms, and other individual factors.
In early stages, when you have only mild changes in your corneas, you may simply need an up-to-date vision correction (glasses or contact lenses.)
As keratoconus progresses, your Todani Eye Associates provider may recommend a special type of contact lenses. Rigid lenses can help to prevent corneal bulging. Another option is scleral lenses, which are larger than standard contact lenses and less likely to become dislodged by corneal bulging.
One of the most effective newer treatments for keratoconus is collagen cross-linking. Todani Eye Associates uses iLink™ corneal cross-linking, the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved procedure of this type.
The iLink system treats progressive keratoconus by stiffening and strengthening weakened corneas. In corneal cross-linking treatment, your provider administers special Photrexa® eyedrops together with ultraviolet light. This combination approach can slow or even stop the progression of keratoconus.
Some people with severe keratoconus may eventually need cornea surgery due to scarring. In cornea replacement surgery, your surgeon removes the damaged portion of your cornea and positions healthy donor tissue in its place.
Early diagnosis and treatments like special contacts and corneal cross-linking can prevent your keratoconus from worsening and may help you to avoid cornea replacement.
For expert keratoconus care, call Todani Eye Associates or click on the online scheduling tool to arrange your eye exam today.