Major Update: EYE-Q is now offering state-of-the-art corneal cross-linking treatment! Read on to find out more about what this treatment is and the condition it’s used to treat.
The Condition – Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a condition in which the eye’s cornea, a typically round shaped lens of the eye, bulges outward into a cone shape. The condition may result in blurred, clouded, and double vision, along with sensitivity to bright light and glare.
While researchers have yet to pinpoint one direct cause of the condition, both genetic and environmental factors are considered to play a role. About ten percent of people suffering from keratoconus also have a parent with the condition.
Blurred/distorted vision, clouded vision, increased sensitivity to light and glare (I.e. issues with night driving), and frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions are all indicators that you may be suffering from keratoconus.
Genetics: One in ten people with keratoconus also have a parent with the condition. If possible, ask your family to see if this is a risk factor you need to consider.
Medical History: There are a variety of conditions with which keratoconus is frequently present. They are as follows: Down Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, asthma, hay fever, and retinitis pigmentosa.
Behaviors: Vigorously rubbing one’s eyes puts them at higher risk of developing keratoconus.
The gold-standard treatment for advanced keratoconus is corneal cross-linking. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure utilizes eyedrop medication in tandem with ultraviolet light to create new collagen bridges and stabilize the cornea.
The Treatment – Corneal Cross-Linking: 101
We’re to offer this revolutionary treatment. Dr. Hawkins, M.D. is EYE-Q’s resident keratoconus and cataracts specialist. She is proud to offer FDA-approved corneal cross-linking treatment to the patients of EYE-Q, as well as state-of-the-art cataract surgery.
Curious for more info? Make a date with your doctor. We’re here to educate and open your eyes to all the newest modern treatment possibilities.