Keratoconus Overview


Book Now

Keratoconus ClevelandIn its earliest stages, Keratoconus, often abbreviated to “KC”, in a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop. This results in significant visual impairment. The cornea is the clear window of the eye and is responsible for refracting most of the light coming into the eye. Therefore, abnormalities of the cornea severely affect the way we see the world making simple tasks like driving, watching TV, or reading a book difficult. Keratoconus causes slight blurring and distortion of the vision and increased sensitivity to glare and light. These symptoms usually first appear in the late teens and early twenties. Keratoconus may progress for 10-20 years and then slow or stabilize. Each eye may be affected differently.

Eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may be used to correct the mild nearsightedness and astigmatism caused in the early stages of Keratoconus. As the disorder progresses and the cornea continues to thin and change shape, rigid gas permeable contact lenses are generally prescribed to correct vision more adequately. The contact lenses must be carefully fitted and frequent checkups and lens changes may be needed to achieve and maintain good vision.

In severe cases, a corneal transplant may be needed due to scarring, extreme thinning or contact lens intolerance. This is a surgical procedure that replaces the Keratoconus cornea with healthy donor tissue.

The actual incidence of KC is not known. It is not a common eye disease, but it is by no means rare. It has been estimated to occur in 1 out of every 2, 000 persons in the general population. Keratoconus is generally first diagnosed in young people at puberty or in their late teens. It is found in all parts of the United States and the rest of the world. It has no known significant geographic, cultural, or social pattern.

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a common disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 750 Americans. In this condition, the cornea becomes weak, progressively thinner, and irregular in shape which can cause high levels of astigmatism. Instead of a normal, relatively round shape resulting in clear vision, the cornea in keratoconus can become cone shaped. This can interfere with the ability to see clearly. Often keratoconus patients first require glasses, then contact lenses, and, if the condition progresses to a severe level, a corneal transplant may be required.

Keratoconus Ohio

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism means that the front surface of the eye (the cornea or clear window in front of the eye) is less round and more irregular in shape so the image won’t focus clearly on the retina in the back of the eye. This can result in poor vision and glare.

Common Questions

Will insurance cover the procedure?

Insurance companies may cover all aspects of the procedure for keratoconus. Since this is a new indication, some insurers may not yet recognize this procedure for treating keratoconus. Addition Technology is working to educate insurers on the importance of the Intacs procedure for treating keratoconic patients. You and your doctor may in some cases also need to help educate your insurance company. For more information and assistance, please visit our website at http://www.intacsforkeratoconus.com.

Where can I get more information?

If you are seeking professional help for keratoconus please call our keratoconus eye center in Cleveland. Although your eye care professional is the best source of information, you may want to conduct your own research on keratoconus. A good place to begin is the National Institutes of Health at www.nei.nih.gov/health/cornealdisease.

Understanding
Cataracts

Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery.

>> Take Our Online Self-test
Find Our
LOCATIONS

The Cleveland Eye Clinic has six different offices and conducts surgery at 4 Surgery Center locations.

>> Get Directions
Financing
Options

The Cleveland Eye Clinic takes almost every type of insurance. We also offer convenient patient financing programs to help patients with out-of-pocket fees. A Cleveland Eye Clinic counselor can help you to be approved. It only takes minutes!

>> Learn More
Locations

Avon
36505 Detroit Road
Avon, Ohio 4401

440-934-5816

Beachwood
25101 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 150
Beachwood, OH 44122

Office Staff:  216-359-1734
Optical: 216-359-3002

Bedford
320 Broadway Ave, Suite C
Bedford OH, 44146

440-439-2700

Brecksville
7001 S. Edgerton Rd., Suite B
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

440-526-1974

Cleveland
2740 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

216-621-6132

Elyria
1180 E. Broad St.
Elyria, Ohio 44035

440-366-6969

Lorain
1710 Cooper Foster Park Road W
Lorain, Ohio 44053

440-960-2020

Contact Us