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If you’ve been noticing blurred vision and strong glare, there is a chance you are learning what Keratoconus is first-hand. Keratoconus is a disorder of the anterior surface of the eye (the cornea). When the cornea becomes rippled, it bulges and creates distorted vision. This bulging interferes with the person’s vision and can make everyday tasks like reading, watching tv, etc very difficult. The condition can progress quickly or slowly. Early stages of Keratoconus may cause distortion of vision, double vision and halos around lights. Patients can be misdiagnosed as having a severe irregular astigmatism, when in fact they may be dealing with Keratoconus.
When suffering from moderate to severe Keratoconus, decreased vision can not be corrected with glasses and can cause patients to be contact lens intolerant. Here at Stahl, however, most Keratoconus patients can achieve functional vision with our specially designed contact lenses.
After evaluating the cornea with topography maps, we can determine which lens is the best for each person’s situation. The answer lies in which lens option delivers the most comfort. Lenses today can be comfortable, provide optimal vision and can be worn for long periods of time.
Cross linking is another procedure which treats keratoconus. While a normal cornea has cross links that retain its shape and strength, the advanced technology treatment will add cross links to the cornea. This procedure will prevent contact lens discomfort, further loss of vision and the need for corneal transplant surgery.
A third treatment option would be to undergo corneal transplant surgery. Candidates of this procedure include patients who experience thinning of the cornea and painful swelling that does not subside. These individuals may also find that their vision impairment can no longer be corrected with specialty contact lenses.
Stahl’s Contact Lens Practitioner, Galo Andrade, has been successfully helping patients with advanced Keratoconus for over a decade. An active member of the Contact Lens Society of America and an active participant in the Specialty Lens Symposium, he specializes in working with Keratoconus, Kerataglobus, Pellucid Marginal Degeneration, Corneal Dystrophies, Sjogrens Syndrome, and post-surgical corneal graft rehabilitation.