At Rockport Eye Associates, we treat eye diseases and conditions such as keratoconus in Aransas Pass TX. Keratoconus occurs when there are not enough antioxidants in the cornea to protect the collagen from byproducts of corneal cells that are harmful to the eye. Collagen holds the cornea in its proper shape. Keratoconus usually occurs in teenagers but can happen to adults, but it is rare for older people to develop it.
Keratoconus in Aransas Pass TX afflicts one in every 2,00 people. It is not considered rare nor common, but can strike people on a frequent basis. Early symptoms of the disease are blurry vision and sensitivity to light. Patients may need only eyeglasses or contacts to help them see better. As the condition progresses, more advanced methods are needed to treat it and prescriptions may need to be adjusted. Other symptoms include difficulty driving at night, eye strain, headaches and pain in the eye area. Some may experience eye irritation along with excessive rubbing. The cause of keratoconus is unknown at this point in time.
Keratoconus in Aransas Pass TX is diagnosed using a slit lamp exam and by measuring the corneal curvature. If corneal thinning, stress and scarring is present, we will then be able to diagnose the level of keratoconus present. Although hard to diagnose sometimes, there are ways we can tell through testing whether or not it is a definite diagnosis. Treatment for keratoconus involves contact lenses and surgery if needed. In early stages, the vision problems can be fixed by wearing prescription eyeglasses and contacts. Gas permeable, or GP lenses, can help. If the diseases becomes advanced surgery may be required. For more information, call Rockport Eye Associates so one of our knowledgeable staff can help you schedule an appointment. We offer annual exams, testing for eye disease and prescription lenses and frames.