Omni Eye Centre offer keratoconus solutions such as hard contact lenses, cross collagen linking and corneal transplantation. Fixing any distortion that your eyes may have.
Keratoconus or conical cornea is a degenerative disorder of the eye where the cornea becomes thin causing it to bulge outward into a conical shape. As a result vision becomes distorted. A normal cornea is nice and evenly round similar in curvature to a soccer ball, however in keratoconus the thinning bends the cornea to look like a cone or a witch’s hat.
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease, usually affecting both eyes. The degree of progression in each eye is often unequal and it isn’t unusual for the condition to be significantly more advanced in one eye. Those who are more at risk at those that suffer with allergies, ocular sensitivities and people who consistently rub their eyes; rubbing of the eyes makes keratoconus worse.
Patients who suffer with Keratoconus often present with the following symptoms:
- Light and glare sensitivity;
- Wavy or double vision when looking;
- Distortion when looking at close range and or at objects further away;
- Haloes around lights;
- Difficulties in seeing their computer screen;
- Frequent changes to their spectacle prescription.
If keratoconus is suspected, an instrument called an Oculus Pentacam will be performed to accurately map the corneal surface. This enables us to accurately re-create the shape of the cornea making not only diagnosis easier but more importantly helps us monitor changes over time.
Most patients with keratoconus are able to lead normal lifestyles. Our resident optometrist, Dr. Allan Ared is undertaking a PhD in keratoconus and he can be consulted about the various non-surgical solutions for keratoconus such as hard contact lenses or piggy-back contact lenses. Our resident ophthalmology specialist, Dr. Con Moshegov performs the surgical procedures such as corneal implantable intacs, cross collagen linking therapy and corneal transplantation for those who are unsuitable for conservative management.
Every keratoconic patient should also be worked up for allergy testing, as allergy avoidance in patients with this condition may help to reduce the progression of keratoconus.
Keratoconus usually progresses until a person is in their late twenties or early thirties. Generally speaking, the younger the person, the more rapidly the condition will progress which is why early detection is paramount. Those with a suspected family history of keratoconus should be getting their eyes examined for this condition.