What is Keratoconus?
The cornea is the transparent, dome-like top layer of the eye. It acts as a lens, focusing and directing the light rays that come into the eye. Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes the normally round cornea to become thin as it bulges into a cone shape, and can occur in one or both eyes. This change affects how light is refracted onto the retina, causing your vision to appear blurry or distorted. Our ophthalmology team is extensively experienced in diagnosing and treating keratoconus. We offer advanced ocular solutions to help slow down the progression of this disease to preserve the individual's vision. Contact Kirk Eye Center in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to schedule an appointment for an eye examination and to learn more about treatments offered.
"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"- B.M. / Google / Jun 19, 2020
"I absolutely love Kirk Opyical department!! Best customer service ever!!"- J.K. / Google / Apr 27, 2021
"Amazing procedure and Kirk staff was fantastic. Wonderful follow up care."- K.B. / Google / Apr 27, 2021
"Kirk Eye Center really is the best. Everyone is so nice and friendly - especially the employees in the Optical Department; never in a hurry and always happy to chat. I got my first pair of contacts at Kirk Center when I was 19 years old (that was well over 30 years ago). I keep going back, because they truly are the best. I live an hour away and it's still worth the trip to go back every year for my eye exam (and contacts)."- S.T. / Google / Mar 26, 2021
"I have been in different clinics and hospitals but I was surprised of the whole staff from the minute I enter the building till I left Every one was so professional and answer all the questions I had the are the best... thank you !!!!"- G.D. / Google / Mar 26, 2021
Keratoconus develops over time, which can make it difficult to diagnose in the early stages. Patients who have inherited the disease typically notice symptoms beginning in their teens or early 20s. Individuals who have acquired keratoconus through external factors may not discover signs until later in life. Common symptoms include:
- Blurry, distorted, or cloudy vision
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Vision loss
- Frequent changes in eyeglasses prescription
Researchers are not sure of the exact cause of keratoconus, but it is usually an inherited condition. It can also occur from environmental or outer risk factors, such as chronic sun exposure, corneal thinning after eye surgery, excessive eye rubbing, or incorrectly fitted contact lenses. Our office recommends having regular eye exams, especially for patients who have a family history of keratoconus.
KERATOCONUS Treatment Options
We offer a variety of treatment options for keratoconus to help you attain better vision. Prior to treatment, your ophthalmologist will perform a thorough eye examination to evaluate the progression of your condition. After an accurate diagnosis, the correct treatment will be determined. If you are still in the early phase of the disease, we may give you a prescription for glasses or contacts. In more advanced stages of keratoconus, a corneal transplant may need to be performed.
Seek Help Today
Keratoconus can lead to severe loss of vision so it is important to have the disease detected early and receive proper treatment. If you have experienced abnormal sight or any sudden vision changes, we encourage you to schedule a visit to Kirk Eye Center in River Forest or Gurnee, IL. The team of experienced ophthalmologists can determine the correct treatment to best preserve your vision.