Keratoconus Specialist

Aimee Noll, OD

Optometrist located in Henderson, NV

Keratoconus, which causes bulging cone-like corneas, affects about 1 in 2,000 Americans today. If untreated, keratoconus can severely affect your eyesight. But, with early intervention, you can restore your corneal health and keep your vision sharp. At the Henderson, Nevada, optometric practice of Aimee Noll, OD, you’ll find the best in keratoconus solutions, including scleral specialty lenses made especially for hard-to-fit corneas. Call the office of Dr. Aimee Noll, OD, or use online booking for help now.

Keratoconus Q & A

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a vision disorder in which your cornea — the transparent outer layer of your eye — starts to thin and weaken. This causes your eyes to bulge into a cone shape. 

A healthy cornea bends light so you can see clearly, but a cornea affected by keratoconus leads to a variety of irritating and potentially serious eye problems.

What are the signs of keratoconus?

Corneal distortion can cause symptoms that include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Halos around lights at night
  • Light sensitivity
  • Cloudy vision
  • Frequent prescription updates
  • Dry eyes

In most cases, keratoconus symptoms first appear in adolescence. After the first symptoms appear, the disease can steadily progress for 1-2 decades before stabilizing. 

What causes keratoconus?

The causes of keratoconus aren’t certain. About 10% of keratoconus sufferers also have a parent with the disorder, pointing to a genetic cause in some situations. There are a few risk factors that may play a role in keratoconus development, including:

  • Eye allergies
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Connective tissue diseases (Marfan’s syndrome, Ehlers Danlers syndrome)
  • Down syndrome

In most cases of keratoconus, sufferers have too little collagen in their corneas. This may happen because of corneal cell imbalances.

How is keratoconus treated?

Keratoconus treatment varies with disease progression. 

New prescription

In the early stages of keratoconus, you might achieve symptom relief after an eye exam and new glasses or contact lens prescription.

Scleral lenses 

As keratoconus progresses, regular contact lenses may not fit properly anymore. Dr. Aimee Noll, OD, offers scleral specialty lenses that cover a larger portion of your eye. They vault over the misshapen corneas without displacing the lenses. 

Collagen cross-linking

If you have severe keratoconus, or if your disease doesn’t respond to scleral lenses, Dr. Noll might recommend a treatment like collagen cross-linking. This treatment uses special riboflavin eye drops and ultraviolet light to help you rebuild collagen fibers in your corneas.

Corneal transplant

In the most severe cases of keratoconus, you might need corneal transplant surgery. But, if you get early diagnosis and manage your keratoconus effectively as it progresses, you can potentially avoid surgery. 

Dr. Noll’s here to help you maximize your vision at every stage of keratoconus.

Reach out for keratoconus treatment in the Las Vegas Valley by calling the office of Dr. Aimee Noll, OD, or clicking on the online scheduling button now.

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