Keratoconus Specialist

Eye Care & Surgery

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in New York City, NY & The Bronx, NY

Keratoconus causes a cone-shaped cornea, which often triggers serious vision distortions. At Eye Care & Surgery, with two New York City locations in Washington Heights in Manhattan and another near the GrandConcourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium, dedicated and experienced eye care professionals diagnose and treat keratoconus to help you maintain excellent eyesight permanently. Use the online scheduler or call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office for keratoconus help now.

Keratoconus

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a condition in which your cornea thins out and grows into a cone shape. Eventually, it causes vision problems, and it can potentially grow serious enough to require a corneal transplant if untreated.

In most cases, keratoconus affects both eyes, but one eye is often worse than the other. Keratoconus starts in adolescence, but it can begin earlier or later in life as well. 

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

Symptoms might be mild in the beginning, but as the cornea shape grows more distorted, vision problems can progress. Common keratoconus symptoms can include: 

  • Blurry vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Visual distortions
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Frequent eyeglasses or contact lens prescription changes

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a checkup at Eye Care & Surgery as soon as possible. Your eye doctor can identify the signs of keratoconus and make a diagnosis so you can start effective treatment immediately.

What is the treatment for keratoconus?

The Eye Care & Surgery team offers a range of solutions for keratoconus in both children and adults. 

In the earlier stages of keratoconus, properly-fitted eyeglasses or contact lenses are often all you need. After a couple of years of consistent eyeglasses or contacts wear, your cornea may stabilize. If that's the case, you may not need further treatment. 

Rigid gas-permeable scleral contact lenses are often a common treatment for mild-to-moderate keratoconus. These lenses are larger than ordinary contacts, which means they vault over the cone part of your cornea without getting dislodged. The rigid structure of these lenses helps gently flatten the cornea back into a normal shape over time. 

For severe keratoconus, collagen cross-linking may be a good solution. In this treatment, your Eye Care & Surgery eye doctor uses a combination of liquid riboflavin and measured ultraviolet light to prompt the growth of new collagen fibers in your cornea. The new collagen fibers reinforce and stabilize your cornea to help it return to a normal shape.

If your keratoconus doesn’t respond to other treatments, and you have corneal scarring or severe corneal thinning, you might need a corneal insert to reshape your cornea and improve vision. 

A corneal insert can prevent or at least delay the need for a cornea transplant. For the worst corneal scarring and thinning, you may need a cornea transplant. 

The Eye Care & Surgery team diagnoses and treats keratoconus with compassion and expertise. Book your appointment online or by phone today.