If you have Keratoconus – a condition where your cornea thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape – there are a number of treatments available. Our eye doctors have treated keratoconus for over 15 years making Village Eyecare one of the largest keratoconus clinics in Chicago.
Keratoconus is typically treated with eyeglasses during the disease’s early stage. However, most patients with keratoconus typically see better with one of the specialized contact lenses available. Scleral Lenses, Synergeyes Lenses, and Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses are all excellent treatment options for moderate to severe keratoconus that generally deliver better vision than glasses or soft contact lenses. As the shape of your cornea changes over time, these lenses typically need to be updated with a new prescription on an annual basis.
For most people, their cornea will become stable after a few years, decreasing the likelihood of severe vision problems or the need for further treatment. In more severe cases, however, surgery may be required. After thorough examination of your cornea with the latest diagnostic equipment available, your doctor at Village Eyecare will recommend the treatment that’s right for you. Options may include the insertion of small plastic inserts, called Intacs, corneal cross-linking, or even a full cornea transplant, called a Keratoplasty.
It is important to monitor the progression of Keratoconus with regular checkups. Your eye care professional will work with you to ensure you receive the right treatment for your condition, giving you the best vision possible.