NJ Cornea Specialist Joel Confino, M.D. explained Keratoconus, a type of corneal dystrophy in which the cornea becomes thin and bulges. “Even though Keratoconus is a relatively rare corneal disease, its impact on vision and overall lifestyle can be quite significant as it progresses,” stated Dr. Confino of The Eye Care & Surgery Center with offices in Westfield, Warren & Iselin, New Jersey. “In the earlier phases of Keratoconus we are often able to provide vision correction for Keratoconus patients with eyeglasses and ordinary contact lenses. In the intermediate phases specialized contact lenses are often necessary to provide good vision and physical tolerance. This may include RGP Contact Lenses for Keratoconus or even a unique hybrid contact lens called SynergEyes®. As Keratoconus progresses and reaches its later phases, corneal surgery including a cornea transplant may be required in order for patients to conduct normal activities and enjoy normal lifestyles,” explained Dr. Confino.
Keratoconus is generally first diagnosed in young people at puberty or in their late teens and progresses through the third or fourth decade of life. It tends to progress more rapidly in young patients. Keratoconus occurs about equally in men and women. The signs and symptoms of Keratoconus may change as the disease progresses and may include a) blurred or distorted vision b) monocular double vision c) rapidly changing eyeglass prescriptions especially with high degrees of astigmatism d) increased sensitivity to bright light and glare e) problems with night vision f) headaches from eyestrain and in the most severe situation e) hydrops, a painful condition in which the back of your cornea ruptures and fills with fluid, causing a sudden clouding and loss of vision.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Keratoconus or the various treatment options please schedule an appointment with New Jersey Corneal Specialist Joel Confino, M.D. at The Eye Care & Surgery Center by calling us at 908-789-8999, visiting The Eye Care & Surgery Center or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter.
The Eye Care & Surgery Center is staffed by a team of Board Certified NJ Ophthalmologists who are subspecialty Fellowship trained New Jersey eye surgeons, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, surgery for cataracts, intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery including eyelid surgery and facial and skin rejuvenation as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services.
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