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Even as a little girl, Antoinette knew her eye sight wasn’t right. But it wasn’t until she was in college when she finally received a diagnosis – keratoconus. Keratoconus occurs when the cornea is shaped like a cone rather than being rounded. Andrew Riemer, M.D., ophthalmologist, explains “this abnormal shape prevents light from focusing on the retina correctly and causes distortion of the vision. Bulges in the eye can create even more distortion.”treating an eye disorder

Not a commonly known eye disorder, keratoconus is more frequently diagnosed with advances in refractive technology. Estimates are that 1 to 400 people out of 2000 are diagnosed with the disorder, and many go undiagnosed. While its exact cause is still being researched, it is thought to be genetic or due to hormonal changes in those predisposed to the disorder. Regardless of its cause, the symptoms present quality of life issues which can be improved through properly fitted contact lenses.

Antoinette explained “I tried the only treatment option available at the time – hard gas permeable contact lenses, but they were so uncomfortable that I tossed them out. But, I still continued to monitor advances in contact lens to treat keratoconus. When I saw Dr. Riemer he said ‘we are going to fix this’, that’s all I needed to hear.”  

Dr. Riemer and his colleagues at Riemer Eye Center went right to work looking for the contact lens manufacturer that made the contact lenses with the perfect fit for comfort and improved vision just for Antoinette. “Over several visits we found a new contact lens that is both hard over the cornea, and soft on the outer area of the eye. This is a lens that fits Antoinette's eyes well,” explains John Large, D.O., optometrist.

Call Riemer Eye Center at 800-974-2020 to schedule your next eye exam, or for specialty contact lens fittings