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What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disorder that involves the cornea changing to have a more conical shape. As the shape of the cornea determines how light focuses on the retina, keratoconus can cause very substantial vision distortion, multiple images, or sensitivity to light.

Generally, people are diagnosed in their late teens or late 20s. Initially after diagnosis, glasses and soft contact lenses may be enough to correct vision. However, as the disorder progresses, patients are more likely to require hard contact lenses, gas permeable lenses or even surgery.

Luckily for patients with keratoconus, there are a variety of treatments available. Dr. Gindorf can provide appropriate soft, hard and gas-permeable lenses at her office. She can also guide patients to talented ophthalmologists as needed for more intensive care or surgery.

Can Dr. Gindorf diagnose Keratoconus?

Yes. Dr. Gindorf examines all patients for signs and symptoms of keratoconus, especially if their chief complaint includes relevant troubles like a sudden change of vision in just one eye, double vision when seeing through just one eye, bright lights appearing to have halos, streaky lights, and/or general discomfort.

Is it treatable?

Yes. People with keratoconus generally need special contact lenses to correct their vision, rather than glasses. Dr. Merry Gindorf specializes in helping folks with keratoconus by fitting them with the best, most comfortable corrective lenses.

Keratoconus requires a lot of hands­-on time to fine­-tune the lenses. I’m really tenacious about it. I want people to be able to see well, not just be happy to see anything.

Dr. Merry Gindorf