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When you come in to visit Dr. Fern Yee. O.D., you will receive a comprehensive eye health examination. She will be able to evaluate and refit specialty lenses for your keratoconus. Dr. Yee is able to provide different lens modalities of therapy for your keratoconus in Austin TX. One such lens is the scleral lens that provides increased comfort. Please take a few minutes to learn if this type of vision therapy could be exactly what you are looking for.
Keratoconus is an eye condition that affects the cornea causing it to become thinner. It works to help focus light as it travels into the eye to the optical nerve. In those who have keratoconus, the cornea thins, and bulges. This creates a cone-like shape-a departure from its normal dome like shape. As a result of the odd shape, it changes the way the rays of light are focused, distorting your vision. Common keratoconus symptoms include:
Difficulty reading, driving or seeing clearly
Most of the time, there's no way to know what causes keratoconus to occur. Many people may be genetically predisposed to the condition – in that it runs in families. About 1 out of every ten people who have this condition have at least one parent with it. Most often, symptoms of it begin to develop when people are in their late teens. The condition will likely worsen over the next 20 years.
There are several ways we can work to correct this condition from worsening or improve vision. Most common are rigid gas permeable contacts lenses designed for keratoconus and also scleral lenses. Other modalities are corneal cross linking and in extreme cases a corneal transplant.
Routine eye exams are critical to monitoring the development or progression of this condition. A visit with Dr. Fern Yee. O.D. is the first step in getting help.
Call 512-454-5117 to schedule a consultation or if you have any questions regarding Keratoconus.