During the very early stages of keratoconus, eyeglasses or standard soft contact lenses can provide good vision.
The back surface of the lens is designed to fit the contour of the protrusion, much like fitting a hat to your head. A contact lens is the most highly effective way to manage the visual needs of someone with keratoconus and 90% of all cases can be managed this way indefinitely. For many years, the only contact lens option to improve vision for keratoconus was hard contact lenses, now referred to as gas permeable contact lenses.
With advancements in contact lens technology, there are now many different types of contact lens options available and our skilled optometrists will narrow down which one is right for you. New specialized gas permeable lens designs and manufacturing techniques have greatly improved vision and comfort compared to older gas permeable designs. In addition, specialty soft, hybrid, and scleral lenses are available, providing excellent visual results and improved comfort for patients intolerant to gas permeable lenses.