When it comes to corneal disease, cataracts is typically better known and understood than keratoconus, which is equally concerning. Here at Suburban Eye Associates, we are committed to the early diagnosis and treatment of it.
Rockledge keratoconus is most likely to strike somewhere from your teen years to the time you reach 30, though it can occur afterward, too. The manifestation of the disease is when the protein fibers in your eyes become weak and degenerate, with the result being that your corneas are no longer able to maintain their normal round shape. Instead, they bulge outward and look more like a spoon or a cone. What causes it? The reasons behind Rockledge keratoconus are not precisely known, though certain allergies are thought to be risk factors, and there is also a genetic link. If one or both of your parents had the disease, you should start getting yearly screenings by no later than age 10. Typical symptoms include blurry vision, eye strain, problems driving at night, unusual sensitivity to light, halos appearing around light within your field of vision, eye pain, headaches, and excessive eye rubbing. Fortunately, keratoconus, at least before it becomes too severe, can be treated with either eyeglasses or contact lenses that are designed to improve the vision deficiencies caused by it. However, corrective eyewear will do nothing to address the underlying problem, which may eventually require a corneal transplant. This surgical procedure is generally considered to be safe, and may be the only way to manage the long term effects caused by this eye disease.
If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms that are associated with Rockledge keratoconus, then we strongly urge you to come in as soon as possible for an examination. If you are not symptomatic, be sure to schedule your visit for a yearly screening as part of a regular comprehensive eye exam.