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A person suffering from keratoconus has a progressive thinning of the cornea and needs a keratoconus specialist in Los Angeles quickly.
As the cornea thins, it begins to bulge outward in the shape of a cone. The swelling is caused by the strain of the cone-like shape. Tiny cracks develop in the cornea. The cracks will heal, but scar tissue remains in its place. When the cornea becomes cone-shaped, it can reduce vision and cause the eye to be sensitive to light and glare. Keratoconus may affect both eyes and starts between ages 10-25. The eye condition may get progressively worse for 10 years more.
In the early stages of the disease, vision can be corrected with soft contact lenses or glasses. If keratoconus proceeds to later stages, a cornea transplant may be needed.
If you have a keratoconus diagnosis, there is expert help available in Los Angeles. Contact a keratoconus doctor at Eyesite Optometric Group at www.eyesitela.com today or call (310) 820-2020 for an eye exam.
Eyesite Optometric Group is located at 11696 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, 90049. Our comprehensive eye services include:
· Keratoconus: If you find your eyesight is getting steadily worse to the point where it is blurry or distorted, you may have keratoconus. This disease usually progresses faster at the beginning, and then slows down. But regardless of where you are in the disease process, our eyesight professionals can devise an effective keratoconus treatment plan for you.
· Pre- and Post-Surgical Patient Care: Our team offers co-management for pre- and post-operative surgical care for corneal transplants, cataracts, and refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, ICL, and Corneal Cross-Linking).
· Dry eye: If you have itchy dry eyes, you know how aggravating the condition is. It happens when your body cannot provide adequate tears for your eyes. Talk to our doctors at Eyesite Optometric Group if you have had dry eye symptoms for several weeks or months. Symptoms include red, irritated, painful or tired eyes.
Our Los Angeles keratoconus specialistsoffer comprehensive eye exams to ensure your eye health are intact. They also will precisely fit you with a variety of contact lenses: post-surgical contact lenses, multi-focal, hybrid, rigid gas permeable and scleral lenses. Schedule an appointment today.
· An eye injury, such as a blow to the eye or excessive rubbing
· 7% of families have a history of the disorder
· Systemic conditions, including Down syndrome, osteogenesis imperfect, Marfan’s Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
· Ocular problems such as retinitis pigmentosa, vernal keratoconjunctivitis and retinopathy
The eye doctors at Eye Site Optometric Group will determine what is causing this disorder and will treat it appropriately, according to your exact condition.
Eye Site Optometric Group has cutting-edge technology to diagnose your keratoconus condition, including its severity and progression: Our team diagnoses this condition in one of several ways:
· Corneal topography: This technology measures peaks and valleys on your corneas. As many as 6,000 data points can be collected. Our computers crunch the data to create a topographical map of your corneas by color. This map shows any variations in curvature of your corneas. Corneal topography is a vital tool to determine the severity and degree of your keratoconus.
· Corneal thickness: This is also called pachymetry. As noted above, thinning of the cornea is a classic sign of the disorder. Measuring corneal thickness tells our Los Angeles keratoconus specialists the severity and progression of the problem. Your corneal thickness is determined by using a tiny ultrasonic probe. Another way to measure corneal thickness is using an optical coherence tomographer.
· Endothelial Cell Count (ECC): Measuring ECC is not essential to your diagnosis, but it is critical to monitor the progression of your keratoconus. Our eye doctors will carefully monitor the number of your endothelial cells to determine if your corneas can support contact lenses.
Most experts agree that contact lenses are the ideal choice to treat keratoconus. At Eyesite Optometric Group, our experts find that at least 90% of patients can be treated well with contact lenses. Scleral contact lenses provide the most reliable outcomes with outstanding comfort and vision clarity.
Glasses could be an option for you in early keratoconus states, but this requires your eye care professional to monitor you closely. As your cornea gets thinner and corneal astigmatism worsens, scleral contact lenses usually provide superior vision.
Below is more information about contact lenses we use to treat keratoconus:
· Scleral contacts: With the latest lens materials and leading manufacturing processes, these lenses can be just as comfortable as soft contact lenses. These lenses also provide superior visual acuity over all treatment choices.
· Mini-scleral contacts: These lenses are the size of a small contact lens and are very comfortable to wear. Comfort is much better than gas permeable lenses, but not as comfortable as regular scleral lenses.
· Hybrid lenses: SynergEyes contact lenses provide the clarity of a gas permeable lens and the comfort of a soft lens. These lenses are useful for both keratoconus patients and those with irregular astigmatism.
At Eye Sight Optometric Group, our eye doctors specialize in keratoconus. We know how to expertly fit you with the latest, advanced contact lens designs. If you have any questions, you can speak with Dr. Stephanie Ivor-Smith or Dr. Paul Super about your keratoconus condition. The detailed service level and interest in their patients is unmatched in the eye care industry and cannot be surpassed in the Los Angeles region.
If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, contact the keratoconus doctors at Eye Site Optometric Group at www.eyesitela.com today, or call (310) 820-2020 for an eye examination.