Smart Eye Care
Ophthalmologists located in Brooklyn, NY
If you suffer from the condition known as keratoconus, visit Smart Eye Care in Brooklyn, New York for treatment. The team of experts consisting of Dr. Edward Rubinchik, Dr. Evelyn Icasiano, Dr. Leon Aleksandrovich, and Dr. William Kestin are among only a few in the area that treat this condition that can make your vision blurry and distorted. Call today or use the online booking agent to learn more about the state-of-the-art treatments that can clear up your vision.
Keratoconus Q & A
What is keratoconus?
In this rare eye condition, your normally clear, dome-shaped cornea thins out and forms a bulge shaped like a cone. This change in the cornea’s shape brings light rays out of focus, resulting in blurry, distorted vision. It can interfere with the basics of daily function, such as driving and reading.
What are the symptoms of keratoconus?
Keratoconus symptoms vary according to how far along you are in the progression of the disease. Consult with Smart Eye Care if you have:
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Frequently-changing eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Sudden clouding of vision
How is keratoconus diagnosed?
At Smart Eye Care, the skilled team reviews your medical and family history and conducts a thorough eye exam. If keratoconus is suspected, you’ll undergo specific tests that help to evaluate the shape of your cornea.
How is keratoconus treated?
The doctors at Smart Eye Care offer FDA-approved Avedro technology in the office. This is the safest and most effective treatment available for and keratoconus and the only one approved by the FDA.
The Avedro technology involves cross-linking, which has the ability to stabilize the cornea, repairing its biomechanical integrity and halting the progression of keratoconus in its earliest phases. People who have a more progressed stage of keratoconus can also benefit from the procedure, as it helps treat associated vision loss.
This state-of-the-art treatment can also slow the thinning of the cornea, so you can avoid needing a corneal transplant in the future. Approximately 20% of patients with keratoconus require a corneal transplant if the condition goes untreated.
Can corrective lenses improve the symptoms of keratoconus?
In the early stage of keratoconus, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses correct the distorted vision. Your vision may change regularly with the condition, so you may need to change your prescription often. Specialized lenses can also help, including hard contact lenses, hybrid lenses, and scleral lenses. A specialized lens is less comfortable and can cause other corneal changes, however.
Corrective lenses do not halt the progression of the thinning and changes in the cornea. Only the Avedro technology is able to offer such treatment.