At 2020 Vision Place, one of the most common eye conditions that our Lauderhill eye doctor encounters in our patients is a condition called keratoconus. Keratoconus is characterized by a distortion in the shape of the cornea. The cornea is the clear structure that covers the front part of your eye, and it is responsible for allowing light into your eye. If you do not have keratoconus, your cornea should be shaped like a dome. For people that do have keratoconus, their cornea will begin to thin, sag, and bulge out, creating a cone-like shape. When the cornea’s shape is compromised in such a way, it begins to affect your level of vision quality.
Keratoconus usually occurs in younger patients in their early teen years, and can progress quite rapidly for the following ten to twenty years. As the disease progresses, it can lead to many changes in your eyeglass prescription. Some symptoms that can alert you to developing keratoconus include: difficulty driving at night, noticing halos and ghosting around objects, especially at night, frequent strain on your eyes, headaches, eye pain, eye irritation, constantly rubbing the eyes, and more. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our Lauderhill eye doctor at 2020 Vision Place so that we can determine if keratoconus is the cause. Our Lauderhill eye doctor can usually confirm a diagnosis of keratoconus after a performing slit lamp examination and a careful measurement of the corneal curvature. We will check for signs of thinning of the cornea, stress lines, and scarring at the apex of the corneal cone. Symptoms that are often indicative of other similar eye conditions, so the diagnosis process can sometimes be difficult.
If you would like to learn more about keratoconus and the other eye health conditions treated here at 2020 Vision Place, along with some detailed descriptions of the eye care services provided by our Lauderhill eye doctor, we encourage you to visit our practice’s main website to look through some additional information. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, do not hesitate in contacting us either by phone or online. We look forward to your next visit with us at 2020 Vision Place.