When dealing with keratoconus, our Vegas eye doctor at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas, explains that we see through our cornea, which is the clear, central part of the front surface of your eye. Usually, your cornea has a dome shape, somewhat like a ball. Sometimes, however, the structure of your cornea is simply not strong enough to hold this round shape and your cornea bulges outward like a cone. This condition is called keratoconus. Normally, tiny fibers of protein in your eye called collagen, help hold your cornea in place and keep it from bulging. When these fibers become weak, they can no longer hold the shape and your cornea becomes increasingly more cone shaped.
Vegas Eye Examinations
Since keratoconus seems to run in families, if you have children, our Vegas eye doctor thinks it’s a good idea to have their eyes checked for it starting at age 10. The condition also happens more often in people with certain medical problems, including specific allergic conditions. Some studies have also shown that the condition could possibly be related to chronic eye rubbing but, most often, there is no eye injury or disease that can explain why the eye starts to change. Keratoconus usually starts in the teenage years but can, however, begin in childhood, or in people up to age 30. It’s less common for it to occur in people 40 and older. There is no specific time frame with keratoconus and changes in the shape of your cornea can happen quickly or may occur over several years. The changes may result in blurred vision, the streaking of lights, and glare and halos at night.
In most people who have keratoconus, both eyes are eventually affected, although not always to the same extent. The condition usually develops in one eye first and then later in the other eye. The changes to your cornea can make it impossible for the eye to focus without the help of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Our Vegas eye doctor has also seen cases where a corneal transplant was needed to restore vision because the condition was severe.
Las Vegas vision care
If you have a vision impairment of any kind, it is important that you make sure to keep up with it by scheduling routine eye exams with your local optometrist. Your vision is always subject change and having accurate prescription lenses can be a matter of your everyday comfort as well as your everyday safety. Here at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas, our optometrist can provide you with the comprehensive Las Vegas vision care that you need to keep tabs on your visual prescription and get the designer frames that you need to see clearly and look great.
Here at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas, we take vision seriously. Eye specialists agree that it is wise to have your vision checked about once a year or so. Even the smallest changes in your visual acuity can make a difference. Sometimes, your vision can change so gradually over time that it is not readily noticeable, but you may need to update your prescription lenses if you experience any blurry vision, eye strain, frequent headaches or have any general difficulty focusing on objects then you will need to come in for a vision exam. Not being able to see clearly is inconvenient, but it can also be dangerous. If you are looking to operate a vehicle or even simply get around, it helps to be able to see well in order to be fully aware of your surroundings. Our optometrist here at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas can provide you with the comprehensive Las Vegas vision care that you really need. A thorough vision screening can help test your visual capabilities while also determining what prescription strength lenses you will need in order to accommodate your vision. Once this is complete, we can walk you through our selection of designer frames.
If you are due for an eye exam or if you are noticing any of the symptoms mentioned above, then feel free to call us here at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas. We can schedule an appointment for you to meet with our optometrist and get the comprehensive Las Vegas vision care and designer frames that you need in order to see clearly and comfortably every day.