Understand Keratoconus and Our Optometrist's Role

Keratoconus is a relatively rare but significant eye condition that affects the structure of the cornea, the transparent front part of the eye. It is characterized by the progressive thinning and bulging of the cornea into a cone-like shape, leading to distorted vision and potential visual impairment. The exact cause of keratoconus remains unclear. Early detection and proper management are crucial to prevent further deterioration. 


Patients with keratoconus should stop by our practice for keratoconus treatments. Our lead optometrist, Dr. Shane Presson, and his team can provide the required treatment. Karns Vision Center is the place for keratoconus treatments in Knoxville, TN.

Diagnosis and Monitoring

Our optometrists are primary eye care professionals trained to diagnose and manage various eye conditions, including keratoconus. We play a critical role in the early detection of keratoconus through comprehensive eye exams. During these exams, we use advanced techniques such as corneal topography and pachymetry to assess the cornea's shape, thickness, and curvature. These measurements help identify the characteristic signs of keratoconus, such as irregular astigmatism and corneal thinning.

Treatment Options

While keratoconus cannot be fully cured, our optometrists will work with patients to manage the condition and improve visual acuity. The treatment approach depends on the severity of the situation and the patient's needs. Some common treatment options include:

Prescription Eyewear

In the early stages, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses might be sufficient to correct mild vision problems caused by keratoconus. We specialize in fitting these lenses to provide better visual clarity.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses

These specialized lenses are designed to vault over the irregular cornea, providing a smoother optical surface. We excel in fitting and adjusting RGP lenses to maximize comfort and visual improvement for keratoconus patients.

Corneal Cross Linking

Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive procedure for progressive cases involving riboflavin (Vitamin B2) eye drops, followed by controlled exposure to ultraviolet light. This treatment strengthens the corneal collagen fibers and stabilizes the shape of the cornea, slowing down the progression of keratoconus.

Visit Karns Vision Center Today

Keratoconus is a complex eye condition that requires specialized care. Our optometrists play a crucial role in diagnosing, managing, and treating keratoconus. Our expertise ensures that individuals with keratoconus can maintain optimal vision and enjoy an improved quality of life despite the challenges.

Karns Vision Center is your best option for keratoconus treatment in Knoxville, TN. We look forward to helping you with our high-quality treatment. Call our office at (865) 247-7715 to schedule an appointment.

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