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Keratoconus and Contact Lenses: Finding the Perfect Fit

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Understanding Keratoconus: A Vision Disorder

Your cornea, the clear, round, front surface of your eye, is the first ocular tissue that light passes through on its way to the retina. Keratoconus causes the cornea to thin, steepen, and form an irregular cone-shape. This transformation causes light to focus on the retina incorrectly, which leads to distorted vision.

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What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

There are two primary ways keratoconus affects your vision, and it shows up as:

  • Irregular Astigmatism: The cornea, which typically has a smooth spherical shape, undergoes a transformation into a cone-like structure. This alteration results in a wavy and uneven corneal surface, known as irregular astigmatism.
  • Nearsightedness: As the front part of your eye expands, your vision becomes increasingly nearsighted. This means that you can only see objects clearly when they are up close (however in keratoconus, even objects at near may still appear distorted). Anything at a distance appears blurry.
  • Variable or quickly changing vision. The inability to achieve clear vision in glasses or soft contacts when it had been possible in the recent past.

Recognizing the signs of keratoconus is essential, as early detection can lead to more effective treatment. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Double or triple vision when using just one eye
  • Blurriness of objects both near and far
  • Perception of bright lights with halos around them
  • Presence of light streaks
  • The presence of ghost images
  • Persistent blurry vision that affects your ability to drive safely

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Causes and Risk Factors: Can it Damage Your Vision?

The precise cause of keratoconus remains unknown. Researchers believe that some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to the condition.

However, several factors have been associated with the development of keratoconus:

Family History: If a family member has been diagnosed with keratoconus, there is an increased likelihood of inheriting the condition. If you have keratoconus, it is advisable to have your children's eyes examined for early signs, by the age of 10 at the latest. Early detection of keratoconus is crucial for successful management and prevention of severe disease.

Certain Medical Conditions: Research has indicated a correlation between keratoconus and systemic conditions such as Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, retinitis pigmentosa, sleep apnea, Lebers congenital amaurosis, Marfan’s, and other connective tissue disorders.Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions like allergies, asthma, or atopic eye disease have the potential to weaken the corneal tissue over time.

Eye Rubbing: Vigorous and persistent eye rubbing can lead to corneal damage. Excessive eye rubbing can accelerate its progression for individuals already diagnosed with keratoconus.

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- Mar. 18, 2024
Dr. Tupps and his staff provide exceptional optical care with clear concern for the patient’s over... all welfare.
- Mar. 16, 2024
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- Mar. 13, 2024
The front desk staff are tremendous, the billing folks are great and the new Dr. Marrotte O.D., is a... n outstanding addition. He really knows his contact lens expertise. If you are looking for "specialty" lenses or contacts, this is the only place I would ask my doctors to send me!!!
- Mar. 10, 2024
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- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr Merritt is the best dr ever best pair of glasses I ever had the whole staff was the best you can ... find highly recommended
- Feb. 27, 2024
Excellent very thorough examination. Very friendly, service oriented staff. Nice selection of frames... and sunglasses. Have been a patient for a very long time.
- Feb. 26, 2024
The staff was very friendly, helpful and professional
- Feb. 17, 2024
Everything about this office is fantastic. The staff is amazing and the eye examination is both thor... ough and informative. This was my first eye exam in 8 years and I was at ease the entire time, they told me what they were testing for, the health of my eyes and recommendations for care. This is a great office and I'm grateful I found them.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Dr Tupps is excellent. So thorough. Tasha the Optician has made my glasses fit perfect.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Lot of time explaining results of eye exam - problems found and corrective measures explained.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Very friendly and informative, i got all of my questions answered! The staff were friendly and effic... ient, I didn’t have to wait at all!
- Feb. 08, 2024
Very good skilled optician to help me figure out vision problem with glasses (made elsewhere). Exce... llent vision recheck appointment with the doctor and also the woman who did all the doctor set up. This is what optical health/retail should be.
- Jan. 25, 2024
Great customer service. Friendly staff.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Thank you Dr. Tupp and your entire staff. This is my family in many ways. They take excellent care o... f me and my spouse. I love all of them.
- Jan. 08, 2024
I've been a patient of Dr. Tupps for years. On a most recent visit I saw Dr. Marrotte ("Merit") he ... was kind, knowledgeable, and had a sense of humor. Great addition to the office.
- Dec. 31, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great with children and not pushy about purchasing glasses.
- Dec. 29, 2023
The staff is very friendly and professional. Dr. Marrotte explained all procedures and gave me the o... pportunity to ask questions. Would definitely recommend this practice to our friends.
- Dec. 26, 2023
I highly recommend Dr. Morreta. Knowledgeable, kind and clear. Willing to answer and explain all my ... questions. It was easy and fast to make the first appointment online. Thank you!
- Dec. 23, 2023
It was my second visit and it's only improved so much in the last couple years. I remember before th... ey did not have a retail section to even buy frames but that addition really is great and the selection of frames were beautiful too. The staff is like an amazing little family and they were all so sweet and caring. And of course saving the best for last I can't say enough how grateful I am to find optometrists that are this thorough. I saw Dr. Marrotte this time and his dedication to getting the right prescription for me without feeling any sense of rush or usual guilt that comes with taking too much time to come to a result during the eye exams was relieving. The last optometrist I saw told me I was likely to develop a sight condition because they could not get an accurate read on my script. Dr. Marrotte found that not only was I wearing a prescription that was too strong but also recommended bifocals as I sit at computer for work. I felt so happy during my visit that he actually cared about what I was having trouble with, which was focusing, and my old prescription was making that hard. I can't thank you and recommend you all enough!
- Dec. 19, 2023
Always easy to get an appointment and glasses are very good quality.

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Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus: The Game-Changer

Keratoconus presents a unique challenge when it comes to vision correction. Traditional gas permeable? contact lenses often prove ineffective as they cannot conform to the irregular corneal shape. This is where scleral lenses step in as an innovative solution.

Here are four compelling reasons to consider scleral lenses for keratoconus:

  • Enhanced Comfort

    Scleral lenses are larger in diameter compared to traditional rigid gas permeable contact lenses, spreading their weight across a broader, less sensitive area, ensuring comfort during extended wear.

  • Improved Vision

    Unlike glasses, which often offer limited visual improvement for keratoconus patients, scleral lenses can significantly enhance vision clarity and stability.

  • Constant Moisture

    Scleral lenses provide a continuous reservoir of moisture between the lens and the eye's surface, ensuring a soothing and moisture-rich environment for the eyes.

  • No More Eye Rubbing

    The design of scleral lenses minimizes the need for eye rubbing by reducing inciting factors of ocular surface and lid inflammation due to allergy response, reducing the risk of further corneal damage and discomfort.


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Experience Clarity with Scleral Lenses from AccuVision Optical

Scleral lenses have the potential to provide life-changing improvement in vision clarity and comfort for those battling keratoconus.If you or a loved one has keratoconus and would like to explore the benefits of scleral lenses, schedule a consultation with AccuVision Optical today. Your journey to clear vision begins here.[b]

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