If your eye physician suspects you may have keratoconus, he will thoroughly examine your cornea and measure its curve. Sometimes a special map of the corneal surface is made, using a special computer, to give your eye physician more information.
The way your keratoconus is treated will depend on your symptoms and the stage of the disease. In mild, early stage cases, your vision can be corrected with glasses, although a little later on, you may have to wear special hard contact lenses to help you focus.
Your eye physician also has several other ways to treat keratoconus, depending on your particular symptoms and stage of disease. Your physician may choose to surgically insert a small curved device called an intac into your cornea to help flatten it out. Another treatment is called collagen cross linking, using a special UV light and eye drops, to help strengthen and flatten the cornea.
If your disease is severe, your eye physician may recommend you consider undergoing a corneal transplant, where your diseased cornea is surgically removed and replaced with a donor cornea.
It’s important to remember at whatever stage your keratoconus is, not to rub your eye! In keratoconus, your cornea is thin, and rubbing your eyes can further damage the tissue and make your symptoms even worse. If you have allergies that cause your eyes to itch, please ask one of our eye physicians to speak with you about medication to get your allergies under control.