Often when you visit an eye clinic out of experiencing changes in your eyeglass prescription, the doctor might ask you to go for certain screening tests. And most of you might end up thinking that these tests are unnecessary. But did you know you might be suffering from a progressive eye disease known as Keratoconus?
It is a progressive eye disease wherein the normally round cornea of the eye thins & begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. The cone shape deflects light, and it enters the eyes on its way to the retina. This condition leads to frequent fluctuations in eyeglass prescription, causing distorted vision shortly.
People who experience the following signs are more prone to Keratoconus:
These are not the actual symptoms of the disease. But if a patient has any of the above signs, the doctor might prescribe a list of tests through which they can say whether it's positive or negative.
According to research, the weakening of the corneal tissue might lead to Keratoconus since there is an imbalance of enzymes inside the cornea. The imbalance leads to the weakening and bulging of the cornea. Though there are no particular reasons behind the occurrence of the disease, it has been seen that Keratoconus is closely associated with excessive eye rubbing, eye allergies, and exposure to ultraviolet rays, heredity, and history of poorly fitted contact lenses.
Early screening of Keratoconus involves in-depth corneal analysis with different advanced techniques. Our clinic performs several advanced topographic Keratoconus screening tests that accurately identify the earliest forms of the disease.
In the very first stage, the eye specialist will ask you to change your soft contact lenses into gas permeable special contact lenses. These specialized lenses vault over the cornea and offer an improved vision. In the mid-stage, the doctor might go with corneal cross-linking, wherein the corneal tissue is strengthened to halt bulging of the eye's surface.
If the disease is detected in the final stage, the only available option is corneal transplantation.
Amrit Hospital was conceptualized with an aim to strive to provide patients with a safe place to get treated. We strive to put our patients’ comfort and treatability above our own concerns. Therefore, we stress on using the latest technology in terms of biomedical equipment, laboratory, surgeries, etc. Amrit Hospital has opted for the latest in LASIK technologies to fight the ophthalmological issues that affect the majority of the patients.