Stages of Keratoconus

There are four stages to keratoconus. The condition causes blurry vision and shortsightedness. People may also notice halos and be highly sensitive to light. The best thing to do if you are experiencing symptoms of keratoconus is to seek treatment from an eye doctor. At The Center for Corrective Surgery, with locations in Crystal Lake, Barrington, Algonquin, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, McHenry, and Wauconda, IL, we have been diagnosing and treating keratoconus for many years.  

Stages of Keratoconus

Early Keratoconus

In the earliest stage of keratoconus, a patient will experience minimal corneal distortion. This may have little or no effect on a person’s vision. At this stage, our ophthalmologist can recommend eyeglasses to restore your vision. Toric or spherical contact lenses are a great option to use for sporting activities or general use.

Moderate Keratoconus

Any change within the cornea can become obvious at this stage as corneal distortion increases. Rigid gas-permeable contact lenses are a great option to restore your vision. 90% of the corneal distortion will be neutralized by rigid gas-permeable contact lenses. These lenses are perfect for hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism and are available in various diameters ranging from 8.0 mm to 20.0 mm.  You must also make sure to have regular exams to check and see if your condition has progressed. These exams are also beneficial in making sure that your lenses are still fitting you well and that your eye health is still in good shape.

Advanced Keratoconus

In the advanced stage, slight to moderate scarring of the cornea is present. Corneal distortion is also substantial in this stage. The design of the rigid gas-permeable lenses will change to one with steeper inside curvatures. For patients who have an unusually shaped cornea, larger lenses or scleral rigid gas permeable lenses may be beneficial in providing both comfort and stability.

Severe Keratoconus

In this final stage, corneal distortion is dramatic, and corneal thinning and scarring are substantial. Patients in this last stage will have a reduction in contact lens tolerance and will find it very hard to find a comfortable pair of rigid gas-permeable lenses. At this stage, you may be referred to a corneal surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for a corneal transplant. 

Contact Our Eye Doctor for Keratoconus Treatment

If you are looking for an eye doctor near me, the eye care professionals at The Center for Corrective Surgery are ready to assist you. We have locations in Crystal Lake, Barrington, Algonquin, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Wauconda, and McHenry, IL.  Call us at (815) 363-2020 for more information or to schedule an appointment.