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At Eyes of Texas Vision Care, our team provides you with access to the best level of care for all of your eye health and vision needs. If you've been diagnosed with keratoconus eye disease, or you have the symptoms of it, come in to see our team for care. Contact our Austin, Texas eye doctor today for an appointment.
Keratoconus, sometimes called KC, is a non- inflammatory eye condition in which the cornea becomes thin over time. Thus, the normal dome shape begins to bulges outward like a cone. This results in vision changes. Its cause is unknown. It is estimated that 1 in every 2,000 people have it.
Common symptoms of keratoconus include:
Symptoms generally occur between puberty and late teen years but can occur in those in their early 20s as well. Generally, the condition will worsen over a course of 10 to 20 years before stabilizing.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive eye health examination. Dr. Yee also uses a topographer to obtain a map of the entire cornea. Treatment options begin with eyeglasses, however, they may not provide adequate vision. Contact lenses usually rigid gas permeable lenses designed for keratoconus would be the next treatment of choice. Scleral lenses are also used in the treatment of keratoconus. These are larger than traditional rigid gas permeable lenses and provide complete coverage over the cornea decreasing any lid interaction thereby increasing lens comfort. For those looking for keratoconus contact lenses, Dr. Fern Yee of Eyes of Texas Vision Care offers scleral contact lenses as a solution. A surgical procedure called corneal cross linking can also be performed to help prevent progression.
For those with keratoconus, it is essential to maintain regular eye doctor appointments. This is the best way to ensure your vision remains protected long term. Yearly comprehensive eye examinations are recommended to ensure the contact lenses are fitting properly and maintain your eye health.
Visit Eyes of Texas Vision Care for an eye exam and consultation. We'll discuss if you have this condition, what keratoconus treatment we can offer, and how you can get your vision back to the best level possible. Call: 512-454-5117.