What Is Keratoconus?
People who have this condition have thinner corneas that bulge forward more than a person without the condition. The shape of the cornea changes how light is focused, impacting a person’s vision. Many people first notice their vision has become affected as teenagers or young adults. The bulging can make it difficult or impossible to wear basic contact lenses. The condition can become more severe over time, requiring specialty lenses for the proper fit. People with this condition may also develop astigmatism or nearsightedness.
Our Specialty Contact Lens Practice
Dr. Jackson has been working with patient with keratoconus and other corneal dystrophies and ectasias since she began the practice in 2015. Since then, our office has discovered several designs of contact lenses to help these patients restore clear, confident vision and regain their independence.
The process starts with a comprehensive exam, where we will collect information about your current vision level and the shapes of your eyes. Please bring your current prescription glasses and contact lenses to this visit. During this exam, Dr. Jackson will check the health of your eyes and set expectations for what vision level can be achieved with glasses and discuss the options for contact lenses. There are several types of contacts that can be used for keratoconic patients.
- Soft lenses
- Hard lenses/Gas permeable/ RGP lenses
- Hybrid/ Synergeyes lenses
- Scleral lenses
- Multifocal lenses
After the comprehensive exam, Dr. Jackson can give her recommendation for the best lenses for you. The next step is to schedule a contact lens evaluation to design your custom lenses. This process can sometimes require several trips to the office to ensure the healthiest lens fit and clearest vision.
Surgery and Keratoconus
Although lenses may improve vision for most wearers with keratoconus, sometimes surgery is required to correct the bulging of the corneas. Not everyone with keratoconus requires surgery. Patients may not be aware of the various types of specialty lenses that can increase comfort and vision clarity without requiring surgery. That is why eye surgeons and contact lens specialists work together on contact lens trials before recommending surgery.
If you would like to know more about specialty lenses or make the switch to contact lenses from eyeglasses, contact our team at Jackson Eye today. Call us at (770) 629-4351 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson.