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Keratoconus and Contact Lenses: Finding the Perfect Fit

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Understanding Keratoconus: A Vision Disorder

Your cornea, the clear, round, front surface of your eye, is the first ocular tissue that light passes through on its way to the retina. Keratoconus causes the cornea to thin, steepen, and form an irregular cone-shape. This transformation causes light to focus on the retina incorrectly, which leads to distorted vision.

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What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

There are two primary ways keratoconus affects your vision, and it shows up as:

  • Irregular Astigmatism: The cornea, which typically has a smooth spherical shape, undergoes a transformation into a cone-like structure. This alteration results in a wavy and uneven corneal surface, known as irregular astigmatism.
  • Nearsightedness: As the front part of your eye expands, your vision becomes increasingly nearsighted. This means that you can only see objects clearly when they are up close (however in keratoconus, even objects at near may still appear distorted). Anything at a distance appears blurry.
  • Variable or quickly changing vision. The inability to achieve clear vision in glasses or soft contacts when it had been possible in the recent past.

Recognizing the signs of keratoconus is essential, as early detection can lead to more effective treatment. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Double or triple vision when using just one eye
  • Blurriness of objects both near and far
  • Perception of bright lights with halos around them
  • Presence of light streaks
  • The presence of ghost images
  • Persistent blurry vision that affects your ability to drive safely

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Causes and Risk Factors: Can it Damage Your Vision?

The precise cause of keratoconus remains unknown. Researchers believe that some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to the condition.

However, several factors have been associated with the development of keratoconus:

Family History: If a family member has been diagnosed with keratoconus, there is an increased likelihood of inheriting the condition. If you have keratoconus, it is advisable to have your children's eyes examined for early signs, by the age of 10 at the latest. Early detection of keratoconus is crucial for successful management and prevention of severe disease.

Certain Medical Conditions: Research has indicated a correlation between keratoconus and systemic conditions such as Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, retinitis pigmentosa, sleep apnea, Lebers congenital amaurosis, Marfan’s, and other connective tissue disorders.Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions like allergies, asthma, or atopic eye disease have the potential to weaken the corneal tissue over time.

Eye Rubbing: Vigorous and persistent eye rubbing can lead to corneal damage. Excessive eye rubbing can accelerate its progression for individuals already diagnosed with keratoconus.


Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus: The Game-Changer

Keratoconus presents a unique challenge when it comes to vision correction. Traditional gas permeable? contact lenses often prove ineffective as they cannot conform to the irregular corneal shape. This is where scleral lenses step in as an innovative solution.

Here are four compelling reasons to consider scleral lenses for keratoconus:

  • Enhanced Comfort

    Scleral lenses are larger in diameter compared to traditional rigid gas permeable contact lenses, spreading their weight across a broader, less sensitive area, ensuring comfort during extended wear.

  • Improved Vision

    Unlike glasses, which often offer limited visual improvement for keratoconus patients, scleral lenses can significantly enhance vision clarity and stability.

  • Constant Moisture

    Scleral lenses provide a continuous reservoir of moisture between the lens and the eye's surface, ensuring a soothing and moisture-rich environment for the eyes.

  • No More Eye Rubbing

    The design of scleral lenses minimizes the need for eye rubbing by reducing inciting factors of ocular surface and lid inflammation due to allergy response, reducing the risk of further corneal damage and discomfort.

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- Jun. 20, 2024
I always have a great time. They're professional. They're nice. They're wonderful. They're helpful.
- May. 18, 2024
Dr. Ray, Rian, and Allison are awesome!. The eye exam was cool.. No longer "puffs" of air in the eye... ..there's a newer technology . Friendly, smart staff , great experience. Educational too. I highly recommend this ABBA location.
- May. 17, 2024
So Far Dr Ray Is Awesome..Kuddos..To Him..And His Staff..Grant K. Colo Springs
- May. 13, 2024
AJ was a complete professional in handeling of my paperwork and getting new glasses.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Kind, caring and professional! I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
- Apr. 14, 2024
I also love my glasses. The only thing I didn't like was the glasses case. They don't make them like... they used to, I guess.
- Apr. 06, 2024
The staff are wonderful and doctor Ray was really positive and felt comfortable with him.
- Apr. 04, 2024
I've been dealing with the ABBA folks for several years and have never had anything to complain abou... t. They are all both professional and approachable. I recommend them all the time to people who admire my glasses (always a great selection)!
- Mar. 04, 2024
It has the most amazing staf. They are the most, welcoming, caring, goofy, laid back, thorough, eye ... care team I have ever witnessed.The doctor was very nice and made sure he checked everything with my neuropathy and headaches before sending me out to pick my glasses which I absolutely love. I love ABBA EYECARE!
- Mar. 03, 2024
Welcoming environment. Friendly doctors & staff. Timely service/minimal wait time.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Had a great experience, the doctors and staff were super knowledgeable and friendly and answered all... my questions! 10/10
- Feb. 18, 2024
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- Feb. 15, 2024
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- Jan. 30, 2024
Great staff very helpful and the doctor was very sympathetic and understood my concerns
- Dec. 13, 2023
I've never given a review for an eye doctor but this place really deserves it! Not only is this my f... avorite Abba location, but it's,hands-down, the best place to get my eyes checked.
- Oct. 14, 2023
Emily was just amazing , The sweetest woman I have ever came across
- Oct. 02, 2023
Okay so I want to start this off with complementing the staff and doctors. Absolutely amazing people... and outstanding care. I’m so glad to find an eye doctor who accepts Medicaid! I have great vision, but recently I had something in my eye that scratched my cornea. It was the worst feeling in the world! They let me come in same day for an appointment before work, and worked super fast but with great care. Before them, I went to the ER. And they brushed me off like it wasn’t a big deal. The doctor at ABBA actually looked in my eye with a microscope to make sure the obstruction was out- it was thankfully. But I had scratches and irritation that is in the process of healing. Everyone was so kind and patient. I couldn’t ask for better. Thank you!
- Sep. 29, 2023
Dr. Brilley has been our (my son and I) optimologist for years now. I love his bed side manners. He... is so thorough and explains eyecare in layman terms. Thank you Dr. Brilley!
- Sep. 08, 2023
Very good customer service.
- Aug. 03, 2023
Love this place! Fast and the employees are very nice!

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Scleral lenses have the potential to provide life-changing improvement in vision clarity and comfort for those battling keratoconus.If you or a loved one has keratoconus and would like to explore the benefits of scleral lenses, schedule a consultation with ABBA Eye Care - Academy today. Your journey to clear vision begins here.[b]

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