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Keratoconus Hudson Valley, Rockland, NY

Have you been troubled by difficulty seeing while driving at night, persistent headaches, eye strain, or increased sensitivity to bright light? Keratoconus, an eye disorder in which the cornea becomes thinner and more conical in shape, may be the culprit. 

In addition to a range of general eye care services and laser vision correction surgeries, Drs. Gordon and Derham of Palisades Laser Eye Center provide diagnosis and treatment of keratoconus for patients residing in Hudson Valley, Rockland County, and surrounding communities. If you are seeking diagnosis for your visual distortions, or have been diagnosed with and are seeking treatment for keratoconus, reach out to our office today using our simple online contact form

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Keratoconus involves the thinning and bulging of the cornea. Symptoms can include blurred or distorted vision, and can be treated with one of our effective therapies.

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Symptoms of Keratoconus

Keratoconus, a condition closely linked to corneal ectasia which involves thinning of the cornea and bulging of the lens that leads to visual problems, can occur at any age, but most commonly begins between a person's late teenage years to early twenties.

Sufferers of keratoconus may observe a number of visual distortions, including one or more of the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent changes in vision correction prescription
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light
  • Eye strain
  • Glare and halos surrounding bright lights
  • Eye irritation that may lead to excessive eye rubbing
  • Ghosting or multiple images
  • Starbursts around lights
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Headaches
  • Eye pain
  • Sudden worsening or clouding of vision, caused by the rupture of the cornea (also known as hydrops)

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is important that you schedule an appointment with a specialist to receive a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. When keratoconus is detected in its earliest stages, there are a number of treatment options that may prove beneficial. Left untreated, however, swelling and scarring of the cornea may occur. 

Treatment Options

As a corneal specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Derham has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating keratoconus, in addition to other corneal conditions. Testament to our practice's position of leadership in the community, our practice was also chosen to participate in a randomized 

study analyzing the efficacy of corneal collagen cross-linking. This cutting-edge treatment involves treating the patient with a riboflavin ophthalmic solution and may lead to a number of beneficial applications in the future. 

Illustration showing difference between normal cornea and keratoconus-affected cornea

Currently, early treatment most often consists of glasses and soft contact lenses to compensate for visual distortion caused by the gradual bulging of the cornea. As the condition progresses, rigid gas permeable contacts or other types of specialized lenses may be prescribed. As keratoconus worsens and reaches an advanced stage, commonly over a ten-year period or longer, a corneal transplant may eventually be needed to improve vision. 

The importance of regularly scheduled eye exams is highlighted by the fact that eye care providers routinely check for signs of keratoconus, often catching the disease even before patients experience any noticeable symptoms. In addition, a specialist will screen for any early signs of the condition in determining your candidacy for laser eye surgery, which could otherwise lead to further complications and accelerated thinning of the cornea. 

Schedule an Examination Today

At Palisades Laser Eye Center, we implement the latest advancements and technologies in the field to improve our patients' vision and optical health. In addition to treatment for corneal conditions such as ectasia and keratoconus, reach out to our office to explore how our other services, including LASIK or PRK, can improve your quality of life. 

Email our office today to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting with you!

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