Whether during a routine checkup or simply when we need an updated prescription, the health of our eyes plays a big part in how we work well at our jobs, play sports and exercise, enjoy visits with family and friends, and many other areas of our lives. However, there’s a portion of the population, roughly 1 in 2000 people, who struggle with their vision due to an eye disease known as keratoconus.
Unlike visiting an eye doctor for a new prescription, a contact lens specialist is best suited to properly treat keratoconus and correct the patient’s vision. Keratoconus results from a diseased cornea, the outer clear surface of the eye, where over years, the cornea progressively bulging into a cone-like shape. Although there isn’t a clear basis behind what causes keratoconus, the effects of the irregular shape and functionality of the cornea often result in symptoms, such as:
- Light Sensitivity
- Inability to wear contacts or glasses
For those who have been diagnosed with keratoconus, they were likely informed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist during their teen years, where the first signs of the disease were finally pinpointed. When one discovers they have a condition like keratoconus, fears and worry can develop, especially when the disease has no cure. However, understanding the options available and the advances in eye care have helped thousands of keratoconus reach amazing vision, peace of mind, and a return to their normal activities without suffering from any side effects.
Among the various optometric practices in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Eye Care hosts two certified Contact Lens & Cornea Specialists by the AOA, Dr. John Bascome and Dr. Paul Klein. An accredited specialist signifies years of experience, successful fittings, and utilizing advanced technologies to provide keratoconus patients with the most outstanding care and vision available.