Have you noticed a change in your vision that does not seem to be corrected with contacts or glasses? Have you ever been referred to an eye care specialist for a condition called keratoconus? At Vance Thompson Vision, we have a team of board-certified ophthalmologists and fellowship-trained optometrists who specialize in disease, disorders, and irregular conditions of the cornea. Keratoconus is an ocular condition that thins the cornea and pushes it forward, making the eye a cone-like shape. Your cornea is responsible for clear sight as it refracts and focuses the light. When the cornea is distorted, your vision suffers. External factors, such as aggressive or constant rubbing of the eyes, can cause or contribute to this disorder. However, some of our patients are born with keratoconus with symptoms showing as early as late teens and early twenties. If you would like to learn more about this eye condition or would like to have a consultation with a world-class cornea specialist, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Vance Thompson Vision in Fargo, ND.
"Best staff and care on earth!"- T.B. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2019
"No waiting - always see me when my appt is scheduled. Take the time to answer all my questions and even keep my specialist in MSP informed of my progress."- R.K. / Google / May 17, 2019
"The staff there was very welcoming and helpful. The technician was patient and very thorough and all the tests that she did. Dr. Greenwood spent extra time explaining my condition and I answered all my questions . When there is questions about insurance and what would possibly be covered they brought in a staff member who spoke specifically about those issues. A second stack person came in and explained how they would help ensure that the insurance claim would be appealed if necessary. The whole appointment was very thorough and the information helped me make the best decision for my health possible. I would recommend Vance Thompson vision to anyone with complex eye problems."- J.L. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"Everyone was very friendly and thorough. I only have to do one eye drop once a day. Never had any pain."- B.J. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2019
"The staff at Vance Thompson Vision know the true meaning of "customer service". The process from start to finish was the best experience I have ever had with vision care. Dr. Greenwood and team were amazing to work with. I have already recommend this place to multiple friends and colleagues."- J.O. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
Best Candidates for Keratoconus
At Vance Thompson Vision, it is just as important for our patients to have their routine eye examinations as it is to see a specialist. Eye diseases like keratoconus gradually diminish the eyesight as the cornea shifts from a round shape to a cone-like bulge. You may notice that driving, watching television, reading a book, or reading something on screen are all really difficult when keratoconus has reached the impediment stage in your vision. Candidates for keratoconus treatment will need to have an eye examination and a consultation with one of our experienced board-certified ophthalmologists.
Keep in mind that you are more likely to be at risk for keratoconus if you have a family member with the disorder, or have a medical condition like Down syndrome, asthma, itchy eyes, or retinal degeneration.
Keratoconus Treatment Options
There are varying degrees of treatment as the severity of the keratoconus gradually changes the shape of the cornea. Early in treatment, you may notice that glasses or contact lenses correct the problem. However, as you age and the keratoconus worsens your eyesight, a board-certified ophthalmologist may suggest more aggressive strategies such as receiving a healthy donor cornea transplant to repair your vision. Your treatment options will be discussed in your consultation. At Vance Thompson Vision, we may also make recommendations for the following procedures:
- Corneal cross-linking:
Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive treatment for keratoconus, which involves an application of riboflavin and ultraviolet light to the eye to reinforce the fiber links within the cornea. This is more of a preventative strategy than a corrective one. Patients with an early diagnosis of keratoconus may be able to prevent more aggressive treatments like a transplant surgery if the disorder is discovered in time.
An Intacs insert can be surgically implanted to flatten your cornea. This prescription insert is ring shaped and is about the size of the tip of a finger. An Intacs insert will help the cornea maintain a rounder shape and enable light to move through the cornea to promote better vision.
- Corneal transplant:
The most aggressive treatment option is the corneal transplant. This surgery is rarely performed for keratoconus patients; however, it is highly successful. Recovery time for a corneal transplant may be lengthy, but the healthy cornea will help you get back to your normal life and improved vision.
What to Expect with Keratoconus
You can expect to see an eye care professional on a regular basis when tracking the progression of keratoconus. This progressive eye condition will gradually diminish your cornea's ability to reflect light properly on the retina and to see objects clearly. Depending on the severity of the thinning of the cornea, your doctor may suggest wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. A customized treatment paln will be designed for each individual to manage keratoconus.
- Recovery Time
- 3 days
- Procedure Time
- 1.5 hours
- Follow Up Time
- 3 days, 2 weeks, 1 month
- Recovery Location
Communicate Your Symptoms
While regular eye exams are vital to your eye health, slowing the progression of eye disorders like keratoconus can also be very important to save your eyesight. Our surgical and non-surgical solutions for keratoconus patients can provide you with improved visual results. Call and schedule your appointment at our Fargo, ND location today.
Frequently asked questions about cornea conditions.Read
Am I at Risk? The Genetics of Inheritable Diseases
We walk you through the genetics of a few key inheritable eye conditions: Fuchs’ dystrophy, Glaucoma, Cataract, Nearsightedness, and Keratoconus.Read
New Hope for Those with Weakened Corneas
In this blog, we discuss the various options to treat the cornea condition, keratoconus.Read