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Could You Transmit the Keratoconus Gene?

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Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disease that causes the cornea (the front part of the eye) to thin and warp out of shape. Without treatment, the condition can result in vision loss.

The exact cause of keratoconus is unknown.  It is common for family members to have Keratoconus.  Genetic testing can be helpful to find out if you have a genetic variant that could cause Keratoconus.  The good news is that if you or your child has Keratoconus, custom-fit scleral lenses can dramatically improve visual acuity and comfort levels.

Scleral Lenses & Keratoconus

If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus and struggle to wear standard contact lenses or glasses, consider scleral lenses.  Custom-fit scleral lenses help patients with corneal irregularities achieve dramatic improvements in visual acuity and comfort. Scleral lenses vault over the cornea and create a form of a cap over the cornea and enable patients to get clear and comfortable vision.  In the overwhelming majority of patients, this avoids having to have a corneal transplant.  Scleral lenses are very comfortable because they rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye, and don’t place any pressure on the cornea.

Call us to schedule an examination to determine if scleral lenses are right for you.

Some Frequently Asked Questions are: 

Q: Is there a difference between keratoconus and astigmatism?

A: There’s a big difference between keratoconus and astigmatism.

Keratoconus is a serious condition in which the cornea thins and bulges

Astigmatism is an irregularly shaped cornea or refractive system, that causes blurred vision.

Both conditions can make it difficult to wear standard contact lenses.

Q: Can people with keratoconus wear contact lenses?

A: Yes, most definitely.  If you've been told that you have hard-to-fit eyes, you have come to the right place.  We prescribe lenses to help you see better and to give you good comfort.  We have specialized instruments and advanced technology to do just that.  We create customized lenses that are specific for your cornea.  Scleral lenses provide patients who have Keratoconus and other corneal irregularities with clear and comfortable vision.