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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.

Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 10, 2024
Dr. Kubicki is the best! He is very knowledgeable, explains the test he does slowly to make sure you... understand what is being doing, he takes his time, and I feel very confident with my eye health when I’m with Dr. Kubicki.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Helping continue to see clearly
- Nov. 16, 2023
Amazing experience all around with Dr and staff!! Highly recommended!!!
- Nov. 06, 2023
Very convenient location. Been a patient of Dr. Gerowitz for close to 40 years!
- Aug. 21, 2023
My daughter's first ever eye exam went extremely well because of the patient and friendly staff at t... his location. They took their time and helped her through the eye tests and she really loved the experience. Thank you for being so kind and caring cannot wait to return next year.
- Jul. 31, 2023
Dr. Kubicki is very personable and knowledgeable. We've been coming here for a couple years now and... the staff has always been good with kids and adults alike. Bring a book for the small book library (take a book, leave a book) out front in case you see a good one.
- Jun. 12, 2023
Highly recommend!
- May. 03, 2023
Great doctor, very professional and kind staff!
- Apr. 12, 2023
I have done Ortho-K for less than 4 months and my eyesight has been way better than ever!
- Feb. 13, 2023
The staff there is soo friendly, very helpful and courteous. They have the nicest frames for eyeglas... ses. I live in the City and always drive up to them every year for eye exam, personal eye wear and I even get my prescription safety glasses there. I highly recommend!
- Dec. 11, 2022
This is the doctor to go to if you need someone experienced. Gerowitz helped me with my dry eyes aft... er visiting him I no longer feel uncomfortability and irritation in my eye. He was very supportive and professional. Gerowitz saw the issue in my eye that other eye doctors could not spot. Incredibly greatfull for his service!
- Dec. 05, 2022
We got recommended to Dr. Robert Gerowitz due to some special format on my son's cornea. My son is a... n active athetic boy (snowboarding, ice hockey, biking, etc). My son has been using CRT lenses since he is 8 years old, but with the change in the cornea the CRT was not working. Dr. Gerowitz took his case with all attention and care. He was calm in dealing with a challenge situation. it took around 2-3 months of exams until Dr Gerowitz ordered the molds for my son. In a matter of weeks using the new molds my son got 20/20 vision. I am so pleased with Dr. Gerowitz. I strongly recommend him and his staff. Everyone is great! They understand urgency when there is one and work the best way to accommodate our needs. Thank Dr. Gerowitz for everything.
- Nov. 05, 2022
Dr.Kubicki and his staff are awesome. I love how easy and smooth it is to get an appointment and get... seen. Dr Kubicki really takes his time with his patients in getting them examined correctly and making it as most comfortable as possible for children!
- Jul. 15, 2022
My daughter is currently wearing ortho-k. Her eyes of progressively has gone better. During this fir... st week, she already has 20/20 vision which is very surprising. Before the procedure, she thought putting these lenses in your eyes would hurt and be really uncomfortable, but with the right technique it is super easy! Thank you Dr. Robert Gerowitz and the teams for what you do!
- Jul. 10, 2022
I have been coming here for years. And the Dr. Has always been friendly and helpful. The receptioni... st are always friendly. Loved coming here since the first time I came. I get both glasses and contacts here.
- Jun. 03, 2022
Excellent staff and services.
- May. 26, 2022
Dr. Gerowitz is amazing at what he does, he is very attentive and catches so many details that may b... e commonly overlooked. He has helped my daughter greatly. Recommend.
- May. 02, 2022
The staff is helpful, the location is convenient, and Dr. rob is excellent. My child has been in the... Ortho-K program for one month, and she got 20/20 after the first week.
- Apr. 04, 2022
Dr. Kubicki and his team are phenomenal, very professional, and friendly. I had brought my non-Engli... sh speaking grandma to the clinic and under Dr. Kubicki's care, she felt welcomed, respected, and most importantly, received the best care they could offer. Highly recommend this small business to support for your eye care needs!
- Mar. 31, 2022
Dr. Kubicki is the best! I can see everything now because of right prescription🙂 His exam was cor... rect and very attentive. Thank you so much.

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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 Eyecare of Palatine

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 Eyecare of Palatine today. Your journey to clear vision begins here.[b]

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