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.
"Dr. Waite and his staff will change the way you think about going to the eye doctor. Dr. Waite is extremely knowledgeable, and very attentive to my specific needs as a keratoconus patient. I always feel welcome coming into their office. I certainly am happy to say that I am patient of his, I always know that I will be listened to and taken extremely good care of while in his care. I received cross-linking from Dr. Waite and his staff and the level of detail Dr. Waite went through during the whole process was beyond anything I have experienced while under the care of an Ophthalmologist. I felt comfortable and prepared up to and after the procedure, so much more so than before or after I received my cornea transplant at the Moran Eye Center. Dr. Waite will tell you everything and explain in ways to help you understand so that you as the patient can make better and smarter decisions. I never once felt like I was told things to push more procedures or to waste my money on slim chances at little to no improvement. I can tell you the Moran Eye Center certainly did not treat me like this at all. I had to know the questions or I wasn't told anything, Dr. Waite has certainly gotten the bitter taste of being treated like an experiment by doctors and now I feel like a real patient. Thanks Dr. Waite, and kudos for having an amazing staff to surround you with."- B.H. / Google / Oct 11, 2018
- 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
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.
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.
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.