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Keratoconus Treatment at Buena Vista Eye Care

Keratoconus, a progressive eye disease, significantly impairs vision. At Buena Vista Eye Care, we specialize in advanced treatments for keratoconus, aiming to improve vision and manage the condition effectively.

Understanding Keratoconus and its Effects

Keratoconus affects both eyes and is characterized by the thinning of the cornea, leading to a cone-like bulge. This change in the cornea’s shape impacts vision significantly. Recognizing the early signs, such as a change in vision or increased light sensitivity, is crucial for timely treatment.


The Progression of the Disease

Keratoconus typically progresses slowly. In the early stages, people with keratoconus may notice a slight blurring of vision and increased sensitivity to light and glare. As the condition advances, the cornea bulges more and vision may become more distorted. In many cases of keratoconus, this progression can span several years.

Donor Cornea: A Gift of Sight

The donor cornea used in transplantation is carefully selected to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient. The success of corneal transplantation largely depends on the quality of the donor cornea, along with the skill of the surgeon performing the procedure.

Corneal Transplantation: Restoring Vision

In severe cases of keratoconus, where other treatments are ineffective, corneal transplantation may be necessary. This involves replacing the diseased cornea with a healthy donor cornea. The transplanted cornea vaults over the existing one, offering improved vision.

Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking: A Revolutionary Approach

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a breakthrough in treating keratoconus. This procedure involves the application of riboflavin (vitamin B2) followed by controlled exposure to UV light. The UV light causes a chemical reaction in the eye, strengthening the cornea by increasing collagen cross-links. This treatment has been shown to slow or even stop the progression of keratoconus in most patients.

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Managing Keratoconus: Beyond Surgery

Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are often used to improve vision in people with keratoconus. These lenses are more effective than regular soft contact lenses because they maintain their shape, vaulting over the cornea, and providing a smooth refractive surface to improve vision.

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Regular eye exams at Buena Vista Eye Care can help identify changes in the cornea and allow for early intervention, slowing the progression of keratoconus. During an eye exam, our specialists will examine the cornea in detail, often using advanced imaging techniques to assess the shape and thickness of the cornea.

The Sclera and Vault in Keratoconus Management

In addition to corneal treatment, the role of the sclera (the white part of the eye) and the concept of ‘vaulting’ over the cornea are critical in managing keratoconus. Scleral lenses, larger than typical contact lenses, vault over the entire corneal surface, providing comfort and improved vision. They are especially beneficial for patients with advanced keratoconus, where regular contact lenses may no longer be effective.


Lifestyle and Keratoconus

Impact of Environmental Factors

Environmental factors, such as UV exposure, can influence the progression of keratoconus. Patients are advised to protect their eyes from excessive UV light, which can exacerbate the condition. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection is a simple yet effective way to reduce UV exposure.


Nutritional Considerations

Although no direct link between diet and keratoconus progression has been established, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet supports overall eye health. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and flax seeds, are known to support eye health.


Advanced Diagnostics in Keratoconus

Buena Vista Eye Care employs state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose and monitor keratoconus. Advanced imaging techniques allow our specialists to map the cornea’s shape and thickness, providing crucial information for treatment planning.

Customized Treatment Plans

Each case of keratoconus is unique. We pride ourselves on creating personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs, considering the severity of the condition and the patient’s lifestyle.

Patient Education and Support

Educating patients about their condition is a cornerstone of our approach to eye care. We believe informed patients are better equipped to manage their condition. Our team provides comprehensive education on keratoconus, including ways to slow its progression and the importance of regular follow-up.

Community Outreach and Awareness

Raising awareness about keratoconus is essential. Buena Vista Eye Care actively participates in community outreach programs to educate the public about this condition, its symptoms, and treatment options. Our goal is to increase understanding and support for those affected by keratoconus.

Your Partner in Eye Health

At Buena Vista Eye Care, we are more than just a treatment center; we are your partner in maintaining optimal eye health. Our commitment extends beyond treating keratoconus; we are dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care to ensure the overall well-being of your eyes.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of keratoconus or requires expert eye care, do not hesitate to reach out. Our team of specialists is ready to provide you with the highest quality care and guide you through every step of your journey towards better vision and eye health. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and follow us on social media to stay updated with out latest news!