The Dangers of Ignoring Keratoconus
We’re all busier than ever, it seems. And the busier we are, the easier it is to ignore health concerns — especially if they do not appear to need immediate attention. One health concern that patients often ignore is signs of keratoconus.
The doctors at TRES VISION Group explain are experts at diagnosing and treating keratoconus. Below our knowledgeable team discusses keratoconus and the dangers of ignoring the condition.
What Is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease, which means that it will get worse over time. If left untreated, keratoconus can cause permanent vision loss.
The transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil is called the cornea. The cornea’s round shape helps the eye focus light for clear vision. Keratoconus occurs when the cornea bulges out like a cone. The change in the shape of the cornea causes changes in vision.
Symptoms of keratoconus include the following:
- Poor vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Distorted vision
- Irritated eyes
- Frequent changes to glasses or contact lens prescriptions
What Are the Dangers of Ignoring Keratoconus?
As mentioned above, keratoconus is progressive. This means that it will only get worse if you ignore it. There are a number of dangers of ignoring keratoconus, including those discussed below.
The Disease Will Progress
As keratoconus symptoms begin to present, you may notice more of an impact on your vision and quality of life.
Limited Treatment Options
There is no cure for keratoconus. However, there are a number of treatment options. Initially, it may be possible to manage the visual effects of keratoconus with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Patients may need to explore other treatment options as the disease progresses, including the following:
- Corneal cross-linking
- Corneal implants
- Corneal transplant
A patient that ignores keratoconus will find that it progresses. As a consequence, the patient may find that treatment options are limited, and that eyeglasses and/or contact lenses are no longer suitable options to compensate for visual distortions due to the disease.
The most significant danger of ignoring keratoconus is vision loss. For some patients, this vision loss can be permanent.
Discuss Keratoconus With Our Eye Team
Do not ignore your keratoconus. Please contact TRES VISION Group at (321) 984-3200 or fill out our contact form to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our experienced eye doctors. If you have keratoconus, they will discuss your treatment options with you.