Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition causing the cornea to progressively thin and bulge resulting in a cone-like corneal appearance. This, as opposed to the normally round, dome-shaped cornea. It is often first detected during young adults.
The bulging of the cornea causes increased sensitivity to glare and light and causes decreased vision or visual distortion. It is often possible to correct these vision problems with glasses during the early stages of this disease. As the disorder progresses however glasses lose their degree of effectiveness. This is because they cannot conform to the shape of the eye. At this point, specialty contact lenses often become the best method of correcting vision problems.
With today’s advancements in technology, Keratoconus is a very treatable disorder and most people can successfully manage their condition using Keratoconus specific contact lenses.
The doctors at First Eye Care provide the following contact lens options to treat keratoconus
- Soft contact lens
- Rigid gas permeable lens
- Hybrid contact lens
- Scleral contact lens
- Piggyback lens systems
- KeraSoft IC silicone hydrogel
Scleral Contact Lenses
If you are looking to wear contact lenses but have always had problems with comfort or have been told you’ll never be able to wear contact lenses because of an irregularly shaped cornea or other eye problem, it may be time to look into a type of contact lens known as a “scleral lens.”
Scleral contact lenses are large diameter rigid gas permeable contact lenses designed to pass over the cornea entirely, resting comfortably on the white of your eye, also known as the sclera. This allows scleral lenses to essentially replace the irregular surface of the cornea with a perfectly formed optical surface, giving you the kind of perfectly crisp vision you may not even be able to accomplish at all with eyeglasses or other forms of vision correction. This extra area also allows the lens to be a liquid reservoir to provide extra comfort for those who otherwise may have comfort issues with regular contact lenses. Contact First Eye Care in Dallas, Texas to schedule and appointment today!