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Keratoconus Diagnosis and Treatment

Extreme close-up of a human eye reflecting lightKeratoconus is a degenerative condition marked by a thinning of the cornea. Over time, this thinning causes the normally round cornea to become cone-like in shape. As the cornea bulges outward, vision can become increasingly distorted, and an intense sensitivity to light may develop.

For patients with keratoconus, Drs. Richard Gordon and Sonia Belliappa may be able to restore a normal shape to the cornea with Intacs® ocular implants or scleral lenses. In more severe cases, however, corneal transplant surgery may be the optimal solution. Whatever your needs, you can count on our renowned ophthalmologists to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan possible.

If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, or if you are experiencing symptoms of the condition, please contact our Pomona, NY, office to schedule a consultation with one of our esteemed ophthalmologists.

Symptoms of Keratoconus

The cornea is the dome-shaped front surface of the eye, and it comprises a network of collagen fibers. Keratoconus occurs when these fibers begin to weaken, causing the cornea to adopt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus symptoms include:

  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Impaired night vision
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light and glare
  • Frequent changes in corrective eyewear prescription

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule a consultation with one of our doctors as soon as possible.

Video: About Keratoconous


Keratoconus is a progressive thinning and bulging of the outermost corneal tissues. At Ramapo Ophthalmology Associates, NY, we offer complete keratoconous treatment, including collagen cross-linking and corneal transplants.

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Diagnosing Keratoconus

We perform several tests to determine whether you suffer from keratoconus:

  • Keratometry: This test measures the curvature of the cornea to detect changes in its shape. 
  • Slit-lamp test: We can dilate your eyes and use a magnified lens and bright light to examine the cornea and surrounding structures.
  • Corneal mapping: Digital images of the cornea are used to create a topographical map, revealing any irregularities in corneal shape, size, or thickness.
  • Refractive assessments: We can use routine optometric tests to view how your cornea refracts light, and determine how your vision has changed.

Treating Keratoconus

At Ramapo Ophthalmology Associates, we offer Intacs®, scleral lenses, and corneal transplant surgery to treat keratoconus.


To refine your corneal shape, your doctor can insert plastic implants called Intacs®. These curved devices counteract the abnormal shape resulting from keratoconus, helping to improve vision.

Scleral Lenses

Unlike traditional contacts, these large-diameter lenses cover the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera (white) of the eye, helping to adjust your corneal shape and improve your vision. Scleral lenses are typically recommended to patients experiencing the early stages of keratoconus.

Corneal Transplant

If you are experiencing severe keratoconus, a corneal transplant may be the best solution. This procedure involves replacing corneal tissue with donor tissue. Depending on your needs, we can provide a full-thickness corneal transplant or DSAEK, a partial-thickness corneal transplant.

During a consultation, our ophthalmologists can recommend a keratoconus treatment for you.

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We are proud to provide some of the most sophisticated vision treatments available and to have helped advance the field of keratoconus treatment. In fact, Ramapo Ophthalmology Associates has worked directly with the Food and Drug Administration in clinical trials of collagen cross-linking, a new method of treating keratoconus. To learn more about our keratoconus treatments, schedule your personal consultation today.