Most people are familiar with eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts, but keratoconus is not as well known. It is a disease of the cornea, that usually is a concern from your teens up until the age of 30, though it can also affect those older. As with many eye diseases, there are no obvious symptoms to alert you to the presence of this condition during its early stages. Typically, you would only realize that there was a problem once it had progressed to a more advanced stage. This is one reason why yearly eye exams are so vital to the well-being of your eyes. At New York Cornea Consultants, we will diagnose you in a timely manner. And our keratoconus treatment in Queens will support the health of your eyes so that it does not have a serious impact on your vision or cause damage to your eyes.
What is keratoconus exactly? It occurs when the cornea bulges outward, from its normal round shape into a more cone-like shape. It’s linked to heredity. Parents who had it are far more likely to have children who develop it. It is recommended that children begin testing for keratoconus at the age of 10. It is not known what the cause of the disease is, though it is linked to some allergies. It impacts you by weakening your cornea through a degeneration of the protein fibers that are responsible for helping it maintain its round shape. Sometimes, the disease can develop slowly over the course of several years. Blurred vision, eye strain, difficulties driving at night, being unusually sensitive to light, excessive eye rubbing or eye pain, headaches, and halos that appear around the light in your field of vision (especially at night) are the most obvious signs that you need our keratoconus treatment in Queens. And because those symptoms generally indicate that it has reached a more advanced state, it is advisable to contact us promptly.
Eyeglasses are often the best method among the types of our keratoconus treatment in Queens. Contact lenses are also helpful, and may provide better vision if eyeglasses are not sufficient. These are not permanent solutions, however. If your cornea continues to degenerate, it may be necessary to perform surgery and replace the center of your cornea.