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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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- Jan. 20, 2024
I had an exceptional experience with Dr. Neukirch. He is a true professional and treated us with war... mth and friendliness. Dr. Neukirch is a very skilled practitioner, he is very concise and methodical. Also, the office staff is very affable, and they always greet me with a smile. His office is very clean and very well maintained. Therefore, it is a very buoyant environment, and I am very satisfied with the result for my Ortho-K lenses! I had a very positive experience there, so I highly recommend Dr. Neukirch's practice. I would like to give him more than 5 stars, thank you very much!!
- Oct. 18, 2023
This has been my place for eye exams and glasses for more than 10 years. Dr. Neukirch is thorough in... his examinations, has a wonderful and kind disposition, and uses the latest technology. The staff is always courteous. They have a pretty nice selection of frames. Make sure you say hi to Leo, the cutest member of the team!
- Jun. 26, 2023
I've been going here for a couple of years and I love it! The optometrist did a thorough job and ans... wered all my questions. The service people in front were pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional, even when dealing with a nightmare customer (rude, verbally abusive, and threatened to leave nasty reviews).
- Jun. 16, 2023
Dr. DalPorto is terrific! I am a pathological myope who had exclusively seen a pediatric ophthalmolo... gist for all of his corrective lens needs since childhood, but it was long past time to stop seeing him. I selected Carillon after critically examining Google Reviews for eye clinics near me and was not disappointed. An informative display in the lobby about myopia instantly made me feel welcome. Dr. DalPorto is the model doctor: superbly affable, extremely thorough, and caring toward the patient's holistic well-being, not only optical health. I was delighted to receive my new prescription here and the great news that my eyesight - if corrected - is strong enough to pass vision screening tests to drive. She was also the first to tell me that my vision would be even better were I to switch to rigid contact lenses. If you're in the Chicagoland area and in need of such services, I wouldn't go anywhere but here.
- Apr. 27, 2023
Dr. Neukirch and team are professional, personable, and all around lovely. My family has been coming... here for almost a decade now!
- Dec. 15, 2022
Amazing staff and doctors. I highly recommend this practice. Both doctors take their time during t... he exams and are caring and very knowledgeable.
- Oct. 01, 2022
Both myself and my daughter see Dr DalPorto. She is thorough, quick, keeps things moving while answe... ring the ten thousand questions my 9 year old threw at her. She put everyone at ease and make the appointment as stress free as possible. The office is clean, with parking, lots of options for eye wear, staff are all friendly and helpful. They also have an office dog! 10/10 I would highly recommend!
- Feb. 27, 2022
I began with Carillon Vision under the care of Dr. Agrest, he was a great Dr. Since his retirement I... have been seen by both Dr. Neukirch and Dr. DalPorto. Both are very professional and knowledgeable and explain everything very thoroughly. All the staff there is great, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend them!
- Jan. 15, 2022
I’ve moved out of Glenview years ago. Even when moving out of state, I still come to see Dr Neukir... ch for all my eye health appointments. Now my daughter sees him as well. I feel he’s very thorough, knowledgeable, friendly, easy to talk to and personable.
- Dec. 02, 2021
Great place. Knowledge staff and very clean. Parking is easy.
- Nov. 05, 2021
I have been going to Dr. Neukirch for over 6 years and have been very happy. He is young, energetic,... confident and listens and I trust him very much. Phyllis, who takes care of the lenses and frames is very knowledgeable and very helpful.
- Oct. 16, 2021
Great bedside manner + speedy and efficient care and service = a great experience.
- Oct. 14, 2021
Always an outstanding visit to Carillon Vision Center. So glad it was recommended to me.
- Aug. 28, 2021
Everyone in the office is great and both doctors are super knowledgeable and have the latest in eye ... care technology!
- Aug. 26, 2021
Friendly staff. Ready to answer any questions and talk you through your exam and results.
- Aug. 26, 2021
Dr. Neukirch has been amazing with our daughter, Lucy in treating her myopia. He explained all the o... ptions, took time and care during all of our appointments. Very knowledgeable, patient, thorough, and kind. Couldn’t be happier!
- Aug. 13, 2021
Always incredibly professional, friendly, caring and helpful! All the Staff! All the time!! Thank yo... u!!!
- Aug. 02, 2021
Dr. DalPorto and the entire team at Carillon Vision Care are top notch. They are great with children... and adults alike, and my daughter especially loves visiting Leo, the office dog.
- Jul. 30, 2021
Knowledgeable and professional staff. Very nice office setting.
- Jul. 29, 2021
The service at carillion vision care is outstanding. Dr Neukirch is very professional and explains ... everything extremely well. Picking out new glasses was a breeze.

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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 Carillon Vision Care

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 Carillon Vision Care today. Your journey to clear vision begins here.[b]

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