I have worn glasses and contacts since i was 10yo. I am 42 now and the last few years my optometrist just could not get my prescription correct. Everything still has a little blur to it and night time driving could be difficult due to the halos and such around lights. This year I was determined to get my vision prescription to 100% with no blur. I changed over to an Ophthalmologist at an eye clinic.
I had my first visit a little over a month ago. She determined that I needed stronger power (diopters) and that my astigmatism had worsened or the previous optometrist had not gotten it right. She ordered a pair of trial contacts for me. Two weeks later they came in and I couldnt see out of them. I tried for a few days and they still would not clear up and were worse than my old Rx. So she put me back in the chair and we tried again and both the power and astigmatism were a little different. Another pair of trial lenses were ordered. Again I could not see out of them. Tried them for a few days and still no luck.
On the third trip she decided that we needed to do further testing. They "mapped" my cornea. As soon as she saw my map she new we had problems and here suspicion was confirmed. I was diagnosed with Keratoconus. It is a degenerative condition where the collagen (elastic) that makes up my cornea is slowly loosing its elasticity. The cornea can no longer maintain its shape. (mine has a beer belly appearance). I am in the early to moderate stage and we dont know how fast it will progress.
To correct the vision, I will have to wear hybrid sclera contacts. They are about the size of a quarter (US or Canadian ). They will make my cornea conform back to round (Think Support bra ). This along with the correct Rx in the lens will get me back to 20/15 to 20/20. The degeneration will continue, the lens only makes the sags go away while you wear them (Haha, saggy cornea)
Currently there is only one way to halt the progression and that is through a painful process called collagen crosslinking. The only option if it gets too bad is a cornea transplant. Hopefully we are talking a decade or two down the road for me.
I just wanted to share this with yall in case someone out there is having the same symptoms as I have and cant see clear anymore. Sometimes it pays to go to an Ophthalmologist (MD) when your regular eye Dr. cant get it right anymore.
On the plus side, my vision care falls under major medical now and so does the new contacts. Yeah Me!
Edited by coldone, October 03, 2014 - 08:49 PM.