By Dr. Beers
Characterized by damaged or broken-down corneal tissue, keratoconus affects as many as 1 in 500 individuals. While many people remain unaware of this disorder and its prevalence today, keratoconus represents a problematic issue diagnosed and treated by ophthalmologists throughout the world. The first signs of keratoconus include corneal bulging, which results from pressure behind the eye tissue.
This pressure causes discomfort and changes the way the eye processes light. Eventually, this can lead to distorted eyesight and compounding vision problems. Unfortunately, this problem most commonly affects both eyes as a bilateral condition. Individuals may encounter signs of the disorder as early as childhood or as late as adulthood. Biological and hormonal variances that occur during pregnancy or puberty often serve as trigger points. While keratoconus usually progresses slowly, it is extremely important to consult with a doctor in order to receive proper ophthalmological treatment.
Patients who suffer from this condition generally have two options. The first involves custom-made rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, which allow patients with mild cases of keratoconus to enjoy improved overall vision. In the circumstance that these lenses prove to be uncomfortable and ineffective, corneal implants usually offer the best solution. This minimally invasive procedure takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes to complete and requires little or no maintenance. The implants work to modify the corneal structure, improving the patient’s eyesight and overall comfort.
About the Author: Dr. Beers operates out of Mountain View, California, at his own practice, Peninsula Laser Eye Medical Group, where he serves as a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon specializing in LASIK procedures, among others. Focused on quality care and superior service, Dr. Beers works with state-of-the-art equipment and employs proven medical techniques to best serve his clients’ needs. In recent years, the Consumers’ Research Council of America has recognized Dr. Beers as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists.