Keratoconus is defined as a condition in which the cornea changes shape and thickness to bludge outward into a cone shape. It can cause vision impairment and other permanent damage if it is not properly treated in a timely manner. No one cause has been identified to induce keratoconus, but there are a few risk factors, such as genetics or injuries. If you feel like you may be suffering from keratoconus, schedule a consultation at Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston, TX for a full check up on the health of your eyes today. Dr. Fred Mattioli also services Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oaks, and West University, TX area patients with passion and care.
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a progressive disease that targets the cornea. The first sign is normally sensitivity to light and glare. Due to the progressive nature of the disorder, it will continue to get worse until it is treated, which can slow or stop the progression of the disease. Although any damage done before treatment may be irreversible, some issues can be corrected with lenses.
Symptoms from keratoconus include:
- Vision loss
- Blurred vision
- Redness or swelling in your eyes
- Irritation of the eye
- Light and glare sensitivity
- Distorted vision
As the disease progresses, so do the symptoms. You may notice some blurriness and irritation at first, and then keratoconus can move to permanent damage to the eye. The best way to take care of your vision is to get regular checkups at Mattioli Vision Professionals in Houston, TX. Dr. Mattioli can help to detect keratoconus earlier, leading to a better outcome overall.
How to treat or fix keratoconus
Keratoconus can be treated based on the severity of the disease. When the symptoms, irritation, and blurriness are in the early stages, they can normally be treated with eye drops. However, if the underlying cause of the issues is not treated, the illness will continue to progress and may lead to scarring on the cornea. Dr. Mattioli and his team use corneal cross-linking therapies to help strengthen the cornea and help improve vision. For some, this disorder can take years to progress, but for others, it may be much faster – so, staying proactive and getting checkups can help alert you if a problem arises.
Corneal cross-linking therapies
This procedure has shown promising results for patients with keratoconus. Corneal cross-linking involves a few steps.
- A layer of liquid riboflavin, or B2, is applied to the cornea. The area treated may be prepped surgically to help the eye absorb the B2.
- A UV laser is applied to the cornea to reduce swelling. This can also help improve and smooth the texture of the corneal surface.
The corneal cross-linking procedure helps to increase anchor points for the collagen fibers in your eye, allowing for a faster healing process for the corneal tissue. This procedure can be performed by our experts to help reduce the effects of keratoconus, and it may also help to improve your vision.
Where can I get my vision checked in Houston TX?
Keratoconus is an extremely serious illness. Early detection is one of the best ways to preserve your vision and corneal health. While you can treat this disease, damage sustained may become irreversible. If you are located in the Woodlands, Sugar Land, River Oak, or West University areas, our practice might be a great option for you. Contact Mattioli Vision Professionals and Dr. Fred Mattioli in Houston, TX for a full consultation on the state of your eye health today.