Have you noticed that your cornea is a different shape than the slight curve of contact lenses? Are you noticing changes in your vision?
You may have a condition called keratoconus that can be treated with specialized treatment at our Erie, PA, office.
Contemporary Ophthalmology of Erie has a fellowship-trained cornea specialist, ideal for treating keratoconus.
What Is Keratoconus?
Symptoms of Keratoconus
Symptoms of keratoconus typically begin to show up in the patient's late teens to early twenties. The condition will slowly progress over the following years, and symptoms will typically worsen. The most distinctive symptom of keratoconus is the gradual bulging of the cornea into a cone, but other symptoms may present themselves, such as:
- Mild blurring
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Eye swelling
- Distortion of straight lines
- Nearsightedness and astigmatism
If you've noticed these symptoms affecting your vision, contact our office in Erie, PA:
Our Doctors Are Cornea Specialists
Emily Washek, DO, is a cornea fellowship-trained doctor, giving her a trained eye to detect and treat corneal diseases. Ravinder Sabherwal, OD, specializes in the fitting of contact lenses for keratoconus. They work alongside Howard M. Levin, MD, and Vincent M. Imbrogno, DO, who are board-certified ophthalmologists in the Erie area who specialize in diagnosing and treating a range of eye conditions.
Together, our team of doctors is well-equipped to provide you with treatment for keratoconus.
Various Treatment Options Are Available
Glasses and Contact Lenses
Patients with mild keratoconus can often manage changes to their vision with glasses or soft contact lenses alone; however, as the condition progresses, standard contact lenses will no longer fit comfortably on the eye, and other treatments may need to be used.
Custom Soft Contact Lenses
Custom contact lenses are designed for the specific curvature of your eye to correct your vision comfortably.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
These lenses are hard and better at maintaining their shape and position on the eye than soft contact lenses.
Corneal Cross Linking
Cross-linking treatment uses riboflavin drops and UV light to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea and halt the progression of corneal thinning.
These small, curved devices flatten the curve of your cornea.
Surgery is not typically necessary, but in severe cases of keratoconus, a corneal transplant can restore your vision.
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