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Our Optometrist in Odessa Can Diagnose & Manage Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a type of corneal disorder that can impact your ability to see clearly. It's not quite as well heard of, but our optometrists in Odessa are familiar with it and can provide effective diagnosis and treatment for people living with it. 

female patient during an eye exam with an Odessa optometrist to screen for Keratoconus

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus occurs when the normally half-spherical corneas (the clear window-like structure in front of the colored pupils) begin to point out and become more conical. It's not entirely clear what causes this to happen, although genetic predisposition is assumed to be involved. It tends to develop and progress starting in a person's late teens or early 20's. 

Symptoms of Keratoconus

Because the cornea is important for bending light as it enters the eye so you can see properly, keratoconus can lead to blurry vision as well as other issues like eye redness, heightened sensitivity to glare and bright light, and visual distortion (e.g., straight lines appear wavy). 

These symptoms can gradually worsen for about 10 to 20 years following its initial development, and eventually lead to increased nearsightedness or astigmatism (refractive errors), the need for frequently updated prescription eyewear, and an inability to wear contact lenses. Symptoms can affect both eyes frequently, but affect each eye in a different way, leading to significant difficulty seeing

How Our Odessa Optometrists Can Help Manage Your Keratoconus

Our optometrists can diagnose keratoconus on a comprehensive eye exam. If it's determined that you or your loved one is affected by it, we can implement strategies to correct your vision difficulties, including:

  • Prescription of eyeglasses
  • Prescription of hard-to-fit contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable and scleral lenses
  • Prescription eye drops and/or medications to reduce itchiness, redness, and swelling of the eyes
  • Lifestyle guidance (including tips to soothe discomfort at home)

If your symptoms worsen and you eventually elect to undergo surgical correction with an ophthalmologist, our optometry team can provide the necessary pre- and post-operative care to help ensure you recover optimally from your procedure.

Need Vision & Eye Health Services? Contact our Odessa Optometrists

At Vision Source Odessa, your family's home for complete vision and eye care services, our team is committed to bringing our community effective, cost-effective, and best practice diagnostic and treatment services. If you have concerns about your vision and are looking for help, contact our clinic today and schedule an appointment with our Odessa optometrist by calling 432-362-3133.

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