Keratoconus is a disease that results in the thinning of the cornea (the clear front portion of the eye) that gets progressively worse over time. As the cornea deteriorates, it becomes weaker and causes the cornea to bulge outward into a cone shape.
Symptoms of Keratoconus
Keratoconus typically begins in the teen years, but it can occur in patients in their 30s. Changes can occur very quickly or take many years to develop. Symptoms can include:
- Subtle blurring of vision
- Bulging of cornea / cone-shaped eye
- Blindness in rare cases
Treatment for Keratoconus
The treatment for Keratoconus in Rapid City depends on the severity of your condition. In the early stages, vision may be correctable with glasses or special contact lenses. In more advanced stages, a corneal transplant may be necessary.
There is not one specific cause of Keratoconus, but it is often more common in contact lens wearers and people with nearsighted eyes. Allergies may also play a role.
If you have been experiencing vision changes or you have noticed a change in the shape of your eyes, contact the Rapid City ophthalmologists at Wright Vision center to schedule an eye exam. We can diagnose your vision problem and provide treatment options to improve your vision.