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Keratoconus and Contact Lenses: Finding the Perfect Fit

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Understanding Keratoconus: A Vision Disorder

Your cornea, the clear, round, front surface of your eye, is the first ocular tissue that light passes through on its way to the retina. Keratoconus causes the cornea to thin, steepen, and form an irregular cone-shape. This transformation causes light to focus on the retina incorrectly, which leads to distorted vision.

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What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

There are two primary ways keratoconus affects your vision, and it shows up as:

  • Irregular Astigmatism: The cornea, which typically has a smooth spherical shape, undergoes a transformation into a cone-like structure. This alteration results in a wavy and uneven corneal surface, known as irregular astigmatism.
  • Nearsightedness: As the front part of your eye expands, your vision becomes increasingly nearsighted. This means that you can only see objects clearly when they are up close (however in keratoconus, even objects at near may still appear distorted). Anything at a distance appears blurry.
  • Variable or quickly changing vision. The inability to achieve clear vision in glasses or soft contacts when it had been possible in the recent past.

Recognizing the signs of keratoconus is essential, as early detection can lead to more effective treatment. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Double or triple vision when using just one eye
  • Blurriness of objects both near and far
  • Perception of bright lights with halos around them
  • Presence of light streaks
  • The presence of ghost images
  • Persistent blurry vision that affects your ability to drive safely

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Causes and Risk Factors: Can it Damage Your Vision?

The precise cause of keratoconus remains unknown. Researchers believe that some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to the condition.

However, several factors have been associated with the development of keratoconus:

Family History: If a family member has been diagnosed with keratoconus, there is an increased likelihood of inheriting the condition. If you have keratoconus, it is advisable to have your children's eyes examined for early signs, by the age of 10 at the latest. Early detection of keratoconus is crucial for successful management and prevention of severe disease.

Certain Medical Conditions: Research has indicated a correlation between keratoconus and systemic conditions such as Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, retinitis pigmentosa, sleep apnea, Lebers congenital amaurosis, Marfan’s, and other connective tissue disorders.Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions like allergies, asthma, or atopic eye disease have the potential to weaken the corneal tissue over time.

Eye Rubbing: Vigorous and persistent eye rubbing can lead to corneal damage. Excessive eye rubbing can accelerate its progression for individuals already diagnosed with keratoconus.

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- May. 02, 2024
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- Apr. 30, 2024
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- Mar. 28, 2024
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- Mar. 25, 2024
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- Mar. 10, 2024
My experience with appointments at Windmill Eye Associates have always been positive.
- Feb. 01, 2024
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- Nov. 21, 2023
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- Jul. 24, 2023
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- Sep. 19, 2022
Everything about this place is wonderful. It's a very clean establishment and the staff is all super... nice and friendly. Dr. Mary is the sweetest doctor I have ever met. She's very knowledgeable and explains everything. Great with kids as well. Highly recommend!!
- Sep. 23, 2021
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- Jan. 29, 2021
Dr Mary was fantastic with all four of my children. She made everyone very comfortable and her exper... ience and expertise was very appreciated. Her staff was also very accommodating and helpful.
- Jul. 30, 2020
My family and I have gone here for years and we love it! Dr. Lozado is so sweet and explains everyth... ing thoroughly to us. He also speaks Spanish which is so helpful since my mom only understands Spanish. We have always been treated with respect and will never go to another place.
- Feb. 14, 2020
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- Sep. 12, 2019
I see Dr. Lozado and have been for about a year. He has been helpful every step of the way with my d... ry eye and eye health overall. Definitely would recommend!
- May. 24, 2019
My grand daughter and I have both used them in the past and they definitely deserve 5 stars.
- Jul. 06, 2018
I went there today for my first time. I saw Dr. Hemphill and she is the friendliest doctor I have ev... er seen. She was so thorough at explaining the types of glasses/lens’ available, was very personable and knowledgeable as well. I wish I could see her for more than my eye needs.
- Apr. 19, 2018
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- Mar. 23, 2015
I absolutely love Dr. Mary!!! She is very thorough, knowledgeable & personable. I absolutely enjoy h... er appointments. She likes to dig to the root of your problem not just cover the surface stuff. She will also follow up with you to make sure everything is going well. She always leaves me with "call me if you need anything." I wish all doctors were like her. I enjoy her practice so much I have paid out of pocket when I didn't have any insurance. She is worth every penny!
- Feb. 20, 2013
I just had an appointment there with Dr. Hemphill for my 6 year old daughter. She was fantastic and... will become the eye doctor that our whole family uses! The office staff was great as well. I would recommend their office to anyone!

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Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus: The Game-Changer

Keratoconus presents a unique challenge when it comes to vision correction. Traditional gas permeable? contact lenses often prove ineffective as they cannot conform to the irregular corneal shape. This is where scleral lenses step in as an innovative solution.

Here are four compelling reasons to consider scleral lenses for keratoconus:

  • Enhanced Comfort

    Scleral lenses are larger in diameter compared to traditional rigid gas permeable contact lenses, spreading their weight across a broader, less sensitive area, ensuring comfort during extended wear.

  • Improved Vision

    Unlike glasses, which often offer limited visual improvement for keratoconus patients, scleral lenses can significantly enhance vision clarity and stability.

  • Constant Moisture

    Scleral lenses provide a continuous reservoir of moisture between the lens and the eye's surface, ensuring a soothing and moisture-rich environment for the eyes.

  • No More Eye Rubbing

    The design of scleral lenses minimizes the need for eye rubbing by reducing inciting factors of ocular surface and lid inflammation due to allergy response, reducing the risk of further corneal damage and discomfort.


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Experience Clarity with Scleral Lenses from Windmill Eye Associates

Scleral lenses have the potential to provide life-changing improvement in vision clarity and comfort for those battling keratoconus.If you or a loved one has keratoconus and would like to explore the benefits of scleral lenses, schedule a consultation with Windmill Eye Associates today. Your journey to clear vision begins here.[b]

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