Do you suffer from headaches an optical pain on a regular basis? If you are finding yourself spending a great deal of time throughout the day rubbing your eyes, which seem to be constantly irritated, it could be more than simple stress or long hours at a computer, especially if these are problems you have been suffering from for much of your life. If your child complains of optical pain and regularly rubs their eyes, they could be experiencing the first symptoms of the optical illness known as keratoconus. The first step to treating this condition and caring for your vision is with a comprehensive vision exam from the experts at your local Bayside Queens eye doctors at the New York Cornea Consultants.
Keratoconus happens when the protein fibers that work to hold the cornea into its proper shape become weakened. This weakening of the structure in turn causes the cornea to bulge, distorting its shape to that of a cone. This improper form causes light which would enter the eye correctly in a round eye to become poorly refracted, creating vision problems. The exact cause of keratoconus is unknown, though it is thought to be the product of genetic inheritance, as the condition usually affects children. Symptoms begin to show most often during adolescence, and continue to grow worse over the next decade or two. These symptoms include eye irritation that causes the patients to rub the eye excessively, halos around light sources which often make it difficult to drive at night, ghosting in the vision, optical strain, headaches as well as pain within the eyes. The first step to treating keratoconus is with a confirmed diagnosis from your professional Bayside Queens eye doctors. This can be easily accomplished through the use of a slit-lamp test in a comprehensive eye exam. This test works to measure the curvature of the cornea, as well as allowing your doctor to examine the eye for any signs of corneal thinning, stress lines on the surface of the eye, and even corneal scarring can occur. Beginning stages of keratoconus can be treated with a special contact lens known as a rigid gas permeable, which actually works to improve the shape of the eye while providing visual clarity, though new breakthroughs in Collagen Cross-Linking can work to stop the disease in its tracks as well.
Whether you are considering INTACS corneal inserts or simply wishing to treat your keratoconus with contact lenses, you can find the care you need at your neighborhood Bayside Queens eye doctors of the New York Cornea Consultants. Our fully licensed and professionally trained team are the experts you need in advanced optical disease treatment. With the help of the New York Cornea Consultants your eyes can be restored to perfect vision once more.