Burnaby:

(604) 526-3937

Squamish:

(604) 390-3788

Prince Rupert:

(250) 627-8892

Distorted Cornea in Burnaby

Distorted Cornea in Squamish

Keratoconus

Distorted Cornea in Prince RupertKeratoconus is an eye condition in which the shape of the cornea becomes distorted. The cornea is a clear structure that covers the front of the eye and does 85% of the focusing of the light as it passes through the eye. In a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome. In an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea slowly thins and bulges so that it sags and has a cone shape distorting vision.

What causes keratoconus?

The cause of keratoconus is unknown but does follow some genetic lines.

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

Keratoconus tends to affect people in there early teens with symptoms of blurring vision and rapidly changing prescriptions. Often, eyeglass can not correct vision fully and specially designed medical contact lenses are needed to restore useful vision.

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Halo’s and ghosting, especially at night
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches and general eye pain
  • Eye irritation and excessive rubbing of the eye

How is keratoconus diagnosed?

Keratoconus can usually be diagnosed with a slit-lamp examination as well as corneal topography which precisely measures the curvature of the cornea. Your optometrist will look for signs such as corneal thinning, stress lines, and scarring at the apex of the corneal cone. Keratoconus, especially in the early stages, can be difficult to diagnose and its symptoms could be associated with other eye problems. Simply recognizing symptoms does not by itself diagnose the condition. Only a complete eye examination by a qualified expert can diagnose the condition in its earliest stages when it is easiest to treat and correct.

What is the treatment for keratoconus?

The primary treatment options for keratoconus are contact lenses and surgery. In the very early stages of keratoconus, vision problems can be corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As keratoconus progresses, special gas permeable contact lenses may be necessary. Advanced keratoconus may require surgery. There are new treatments for this condition being advance all the time and by speaking with an expert you are sure to get the best care.

Burnaby Office

#102-7885 6th Street
Burnaby, BC V3N 3N4
Phone: (604) 526-3937

Monday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Squamish Office

40388 Tantalus Road
Squamish, BC V0N 1T0
Phone: (604) 390-3788

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:30-2:00
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Prince Rupert Office

639 2nd Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1H1
Phone: (250) 627-8892

Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm closed 1:00-2:00
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed