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FAQ About Keratoconus

Welcome to our FAQ page, where we delve into some of the most frequently asked questions about keratoconus, shedding light on treatments such as Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL), corneal transplants, Scleral lenses, PROSE, EyePrint Pro, and more. This resource is designed to provide clarity and insight into various aspects of keratoconus treatments, helping you navigate your journey with informed confidence.

Keratoconus Specialists of Maryland, where we have been dedicated to providing expert care for individuals with keratoconus for over 40 years. Our practice is at the forefront of keratoconus treatment, offering a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those with keratoconus, our team is committed to delivering the highest quality of care. We pride ourselves on our ability to restore hope and improve the vision of many patients who had previously felt hopeless about their condition. Our personalized approach ensures that every patient receives the best possible treatment, empowering them to achieve better vision and an enhanced quality of life.

We are proud to serve patients from across Maryland, including the cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bethesda, Columbia, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Rockville, and Towson. We also welcome many patients traveling from Virginia, including Alexandria, Fairfax, Reston, Tysons, and Vienna, as well as from Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, and York.

FAQs about Keratoconus

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This distortion causes vision to become blurry and distorted, as the irregularly shaped cornea prevents light from focusing correctly on the retina.

What are the symptoms of Keratoconus?

Symptoms of keratoconus typically include blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light and glare, eye redness or swelling, and frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. As the condition progresses, vision may become increasingly distorted and blurry.

How is Keratoconus diagnosed?

Keratoconus is usually diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, slit-lamp examination, and corneal topography. Corneal topography maps the surface of the cornea, helping to detect the early signs of keratoconus.

What are the treatment options for Keratoconus?

Treatment for keratoconus varies depending on the severity of the condition. In the early stages, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may be sufficient. As the condition progresses, treatments may include rigid gas permeable contact lenses, scleral lenses, corneal cross-linking (CXL), PROSE, EyePrint Pro, or in severe cases, corneal transplant surgery.

Can Keratoconus lead to blindness?

While keratoconus can significantly impact vision, it is rare for the condition to lead to complete blindness. However, without proper management and treatment, keratoconus can lead to severe visual impairment. Regular follow-ups with an eye care professional are crucial for monitoring the condition and maintaining optimal vision.

If I have keratoconus, can I wear contact lenses?

Yes! There are many types of contact lenses for keratoconus, including hard lenses, hybrid lenses, soft lenses, custom-soft lenses, scleral lenses, custom scleral lenses, EyePrint Pro, and PVR PROSE lenses. A proper evaluation is necessary to determine the best option for each individual.

Can you obtain 20/20 vision with keratoconus?

Yes, 20/20 vision is possible even with keratoconus with the right treatment and lenses.