Keratoconus is a rare condition involving the bulging of the cornea. In time, keratoconus causes the cornea to thin, and without treatment vision begins to deteriorate to the point that glasses or contacts are no longer viable solutions. For patients who suffer from keratoconus, TLC Laser Eye Centres offers a comprehensive keratoconus management program. Our doctors have the expertise to diagnose, treat and monitor patients suffering from keratoconus.
Step 1: Keratoconus Diagnosis
Symptoms of keratoconus often begin in the late teenage years or early twenties and progress until people are in their 30’s or early 40’s. Common symptoms include:
- Halos and ghost images
- Increased light sensitivity
- Difficulty driving at night
- Eye strain
- Headaches and general eye pain
- Eye irritation
These symptoms are also characteristic of other problems relating to the eye. That is why keratoconus requires diagnosis from an experienced eye doctor who is trained to recognize symptoms and observe signs of keratoconus. The surgical members of the TLC Laser Eye Centres team are leaders in the field with over 15 years of experience individually and over 75+ years combined in diagnosing and treating patients that suffer from keratoconus.
Our doctors use the patient’s refraction, keratometry, corneal topography and slit-lamp examination to screen for keratoconus. A diagnosis of keratoconus can explain a patient's symptoms and/or alter a plan of action for refractive surgery.
Step 2: Keratoconus Treatment
Previously, patients with keratoconus relied only on corneal transplants when their eyes deteriorated beyond the point at which eye glasses or contacts could assist them. Now, in addition to corneal transplant surgery, the TLC Laser Eye Centres offer another keratoconus treatment option: Corneal cross linking.
Step 3: Keratoconus Follow up Care
When you decide to book treatment at the TLC Laser Eye Centres, we take care of the rest. We will provide one-on-one counseling prior to surgery so that you know what to expect post surgery. We provide you with all required eye drops and show you how to put the eye drops in your eye to assist you with your at-home care. Following the treatment itself, we will see you up to 6 months post surgery to monitor your vision and to ensure that you are healing well. In addition, our surgeons are available on-call 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
Learn More About Keratoconus
If you suspect that you may have keratoconus, or if your eye care provider has confirmed that you have keratoconus, contact our practice today to book an assessment to learn more about keratoconus and the various treatment options available. The assessment will take approximately 90 minutes.