If you live near New Jersey of Staten Island, Kung Eye Center is here to treat your keratoconus using the latest treatment options such as collagen cross-linking.
Keratoconus (ker-uh-toe-KOH-nus) is a progressive eye disease that occurs on the cornea, the clear part on the front surface of your eye. Keratoconus (which in Latin translates to “cone-shaped”) causes the cornea to become gradually thinner, which can lead to the outward bulging of the cornea. This can cause a cone like appearance to occur within the cornea. The disease can cause vision to become extremely blurry and many patients complain of sensitivity to light. Common signs and symptoms of keratoconus include:
Kung Eye diagnoses and treats keratoconus at both of its offices in Staten Island, NY and East Brunswick, NJ.
While the cause of keratoconus is not known, both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a part in its development. The following factors may increase your changes of developing this condition:
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The treatment for keratoconus will depend on the severity of your condition and how quickly it is progressing. In the early stages of the disease, it can be corrected with glasses and soft contact lenses, but as the disease progresses, hard contact lenses will become required in order to see somewhat clearly. If the condition keeps progressing and the cornea becomes scarred with advanced disease. surgery may be required. Depending on severity of your condition, surgical options may include:
Corneal collagen cross-linking may also be a procedure option. During this treatment, riboflavin eye drops are placed on the cornea and treated with ultraviolet light. This causes a stiffening of the cornea, preventing further shape changes and ultimately reducing the risk of progressive vision loss.
Approximately 1 in 300 people living in the US develop keratoconus. The disease usually occurs in both eyes and typically develops between the ages of 10-25. The condition can continue to progress, but usually slows or stops as a patient ages.
Early detection is key as new treatment options such as collagen cross-linking (CXL) can be performed to slow or even stop the progression of keratoconus. If you’re looking for keratoconus treatment in Central New Jersey or Staten Island, look no further than the Kung Eye Center. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.