Keratoconus is a degenerative disease that leads to structural changes within the corneal tissue. This progressive condition results in the thinning and weakening of the cornea, which eventually causes it to deform and adapt a cone-like shape. When the cornea's shape has altered enough, it fails to allow light to focus properly on the retina and thereby impairing the patient's vision. In its more advanced stages, keratoconus could result in irreversible corneal deterioration.
To treat your keratoconus and improve your eye health, our highly trained eye surgeons at Wang Vision Institute are always on the leading edge of the latest developments in the optical industry. With an impressive register of advanced technologies and innovative techniques, we can diagnose, manage, and treat your condition and restore your clear, seamless vision. Contact our Nashville, TN practice to schedule your comprehensive eye examination and receive care from leaders in the field of vision.
"I am so thankful for Dr. Wang and his expertise! I was diagnosed with keratoconus a few years ago and I had lost hope and tried to come to terms with the fact that I would probably need a cornea transplant. Fortunately, I found Wang vision institute and Dr. Wang was an expert on my condition. He even wrote a text book on keratoconus! He shared with us about a new procedure called Intacs that was done with lasers and would slow the progression of my keratoconus. I had the Intacts procedure yesterday and am so pleased with my experience. My hope is restored and I cannot recommend Dr. Wang enough! He prayed with me before surgery and is very knowledgable and kind."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 21, 2016
"Dr. Wang is the only doctor that I trust for my corneas. I have Keratoconus and he has been able to correct my vision with Intacs on the L eye and had to perform a transplant on the R eye. He probably could have saved the R eye from transplant if I had only gone to him in the 1st place. The 5 hour round trip is well worth it for me to visit him. I highly recommend Dr. Wang and his staff!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 14, 2015
"I am so happy! So pleased! My vision, prior to surgery by Dr. Wang had gotten so bad, I rarely drove myself anywhere in the past year or so. Since surgery ( for both Intac implants and cataracts) and with corrective lenses for Keratoconus, I learned today, I can see 20/20! New lease on life! Dr. Wang and his staff are the best! I recommend going to one of his free seminars for those needing eye surgery in the future. I am 100% confident to recommend Wang Vision Institute to anyone and everyone."- M.O. / Google / Nov 02, 2018
"I am so thankful for Dr. Wang and his expertise! I was diagnosed with keratoconus a few years ago and I had lost hope and tried to come to terms with the fact that I would probably need a cornea transplant. Fortunately, I found Wang vision institute and Dr. Wang was an expert on my condition. He even wrote a text book on keratoconus! He shared with us about a new procedure called Intacs that was done with lasers and would slow the progression of my keratoconus. I had the Intacts procedure yester"- D.A. / Healthgrades / May 22, 2016
"Three years ago at the age of 20, I all of a sudden lost vision in my right eye and was diagnosed with Keratoconus with corneal hydrops.After researching doctors we were referred to Dr. Ming Wang.With everything he did he guided me through it all.He placed the amniotic membrane (which he invented)in my right eye.which saved my eye so I can later get corneal transplant. Two days ago he performed the intact surgery in my good so it slow down the progression of Keratoconus in my left eye.The recovery from intact surgery has been great.I am forever thankful for Dr Ming Wang for saving my vision."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 08, 2015
This corneal condition is known to develop early on in a person's life and may progress gradually over time. In most instances, keratoconus is left undiagnosed until obvious signs or symptoms begin to manifest. The symptoms that are most often reported for keratoconus include:
- Progressive loss of distance vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Irregular astigmatism
- Blurred, cloudy, or skewed vision
- Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
Since many of these signs can be present in other eye diseases and disorders, it's important to have keratoconus diagnosed by a professional eye surgeon or specialist.
Causes OF KERATOCONUS
In the majority of cases, keratoconus develops as a result of hereditary factors. However, this condition may also be brought on by different factors, such as excessive exposure to UV light, an imbalance of enzymes within the cornea, chronic eye inflammation, or issues following eye surgery. It may also be brought on by certain habits, like using poorly fitted contacts for extended amounts of time or disturbing the eyes with excessive rubbing.
Keratoconus Treatment Options
In the past, surgical treatment for keratoconus was limited to a corneal transplant. However, contemporary treatment for keratoconus allows our surgeons to stabilize your condition without removing and replacing the entire cornea. At Wang Vision Institute, our eye surgeons have a comprehensive knowledge of the most advanced treatments for keratoconus at any stage of the condition. The majority of patients who are in an early phase of the disorder may achieve clear vision with prescription lenses or contacts. However, when keratoconus progresses further, these may no longer be effective. Thankfully, our esteemed Nashville, TN office performs a range of solutions to restore or maintain your clear vision, such as:
- Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL): Corneal cross-linking, also called UV riboflavin CXL, is an outpatient surgery that is virtually painless. This procedure incorporates riboflavin eye drops (or Vitamin B2) in conjunction with UV light to encourage the development of collagen cross-links within the affected corneal tissue. It's often thought that the regeneration of collagen links enhances the corneal tissue, which prevents the cornea from becoming misshapen and oblong.
- Intacs® Corneal Implants: Intacs are very small, crescent-shaped rings that are implanted into the stoma (the outer edge of the cornea). The placement of the implants is intended to restructure the shape of the cornea, improving your vision without needing to take away any corneal tissue. Along with being used to address keratoconus, they may also be utilized to treat myopia. Our leading eye surgeon, Harvard and MIT graduate Dr. Ming Wang, performed the country's first expanded-range Intacs procedure for later-stage keratoconus.
Keratoconus is manageable
Even though keratoconus may result in vision loss or even blindness when left undiagnosed, this condition can be simply and efficiently treated by a skilled eye surgeon who has years of experience in specialized optical care. If you've been diagnosed with keratoconus or are experiencing any of the signs of the condition, we encourage you to get in touch with our Nashville, TN eye center at your earliest convenience. Our team of skilled eye surgeons at Wang Vision Institute works day-in and day-out to provide men and women with accurate diagnoses and effective treatments to improve their overall eye health.