Our team of specialized staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make the best decisions regarding their health and ocular needs.  We recommend these follow web sites for your reference (will be redirecting your browser other sites).

American Society Of Retina Specialists (ASRS)

Get Eye Smart (Eye diseases and information)

Eye Wikipedia

American Academy Of Opthalmology

Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness

Eye Care of America

National Eye Institute

American Retina Foundation

Wills Eye Institute

State Of Oregon Commission for the Blind

All About Vision (Conditions regarding age related, and diabetic related issues)

American Diabetes Association

Eye Cancer Network

 


As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

Out of state and need to reach a retina specialist? Try this site:

American Society Of Retina Specialists (ASRS)

 



Keratoconus is a degenerative disease of the cornea that causes it to gradually thin and bulge into a cone-like shape. This shape prevents light from focusing precisely on the macula. As the disease progresses, the shape becomes more pronounced, causing blurred or distorted vision. Patients with keratoconus are usually very nearsighted because of the cornea's irregular shape and have a high degree of astigmatism that is not correctable by glasses.

Keratoconus usually occurs in both eyes and is characterized by symptoms such as blurred vision (even when wearing glasses or contact lenses), glare at night, light sensitivity, frequent prescription changes or eye rubbing. Generally, this disease is diagnosed by the time patients reach their 20's. Because keratoconus is not usually visible to the naked eye, special testing is used for a detailed look at the shape of the cornea.

The first line of treatment for patients with keratoconus is to fit rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Because this type of contact is not flexible, it creates a smooth, evenly shaped surface to see through. However, because of the cornea's irregular shape, specialty contact lenses are often required. If vision deteriorates to the point that contact lenses no longer provide adequate vision, a corneal transplant may be necessary to replace the diseased cornea with a healthy one.