Keratoconus – Salt Lake City, Lehi, Utah*

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About Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an ocular condition that thins the cornea and pushes it forward, making a cone-like shape. The cornea is responsible for focusing most of the light that enters the eye. When the cornea is distorted from keratoconus, the vision suffers.  Glasses are not able to fully correct the vision in keratoconus because of the irregular shape.  External factors, such as aggressive or constant rubbing of the eyes, can contribute to this disorder. There is likely a genetic predisposition for keratoconus with symptoms appearing as early as the teens and early twenties.  Dr. Waite is an expert in keratoconus and is dedicated to the most recent treatments such as corneal crosslinking and topography-guided PRK.  If you have keratoconus, schedule an appointment with Dr. Waite so you can fully understand the best options for your vision.  

Symptoms

 

  • Blurry Vision
  • Double vision in only one eye
  • Objects both near and far seem blurred or distorted
  • Sudden vision change in only one eye
  • Bright lights appear to have "halos," around them
  • Especially blurry night-time vision

Causes

Not all the causes of keratoconus are known.  It is likely genetic with multiple genes that contribute, although multiple environmental factors such as eye rubbing have also been implicated.  Other medical conditions such as allergies or eczema which lead to chronic eye rubbing can exacerbate keratoconus.  

The diagnosis of keratoconus is made during a complete evaluation at Waite Vision.  

Topography/Tomography  The Oculus Pentacam, Alcon Topolyzer and Nidek OPD3 are used to map your cornea.  This is the gold standard for diagnosing and characterizing keratoconus.  

Anterior Segment OCT with Epithelial Thickness Maps – This specialized photographic exam records images of your cornea, creating a detailed shape of its surface. This exam gives the thickness and shape specifically of the epithelium which aids in early diagnosis.

Slit-lamp examination  During this test, Dr. Waite directs a high power microscope to examine your cornea.  

Retinoscopy  This simple yet useful test allows visualization of how the light travels through your eye.  

Treatment Options

Waite Vision is a destination location for keratoconus treatments.  We have patients travel from different cities all over the state of Utah, many other states and even internationally to get treated here.  A customized plan is developed by Dr. Waite for each individual patient with keratoconus.  

  • Corneal cross-linking:
    Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive treatment for keratoconus, which involves riboflavin and ultraviolet light treating the eye to strengthen the cornea. This treatment has been used for almost two decades to treat keratoconus and has been well studied.  Corneal crosslinking stops the progression of keratoconus and can often allow for vision correction using topography-guided PRK. 
  • Topography-Guided PRK:
    This highly precise procedure reshapes the irregular cornea using a laser.  This can significantly improve the irregular shape of the cornea caused by keratoconus.  

Keratoconus experts

If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, or have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK, schedule your consultation with Dr. Aaron Waite at Waite Vision. He is a recognized expert in the treatment of keratoconus.

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