How to Diagnose Keratoconus
atients with early stage keratoconus generally visit their eye doctor because they are experiencing one or a few of the following symptoms: double vision, fluctuating vision, halos around bright lights or a change of vision in one eye and not the other. In some cases, people may see ghost-like images that are actually one image, just spread out appearing as ghost figures.
At Global Complex Eye Care, we have over 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating keratoconus. Depending on the patient’s symptoms and medical history, there are a variety of diagnostic tests that we utilize to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment. A common method is our corneal topography system. This is a non-invasive, painless and quick procedure that is taken with an optical scanning device.
Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is widely accepted among eye care physicians across the globe as an effective method for diagnosing keratoconus. The digital images that are produced by the topographical map enable trained eye care physicians to measure the thickness of the cornea and detect signs of keratoconus.
Dr. Irwin Azman may use other ophthalmic instruments, which can include wave-front corneal topography, or aberratometry, which can be useful in detecting keratoconus.
Our patients who come to us with advanced signs of keratoconus will likely undergo a diagnosis test with a slit lamp. A slit lamp is a high volume light that shins into the eye with a biomicroscope. This examination allows Azman physicians to take a close look at the conjunctiva, cornea, eyelids and the iris.
Patients never want to hear they are suffering from an eye disease such as keratoconus. We understand they expect the worst but at Global Complex Eye Care we alleviate such concerns as keratoconus is very treatable under our care.
We offer many treatments for patients with keratoconus. Based on the severity of each individual’s condition, we recommend corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, hybrid lenses and scleral lenses are all very effective for correcting the vision of patients with keratoconus.
At Global Complex Eye Care, intacs and Corneal Cross Linking are also treatment options for patients with keratoconus.
After diagnostics, our specialists consult with each patient regarding their treatment options and guide each patient to the best solution for managing their keratoconus condition.