With his seemingly effortless three-point shooting skills, no one would’ve thought that two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry was struggling with his eyesight. The Golden Warriors’ star player shared that he was squinting all the time because he had keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease. It was also the reason for his recent post-All Star shooting slump.
Read on as Eye and Vision Care, your trusted provider of orthokeratology and other eye care services, talks about keratoconus in detail.
What Is Keratoconus?
The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped structure that acts like a window to let light into your eyes. It then helps focus these light rays onto your eyes’ lens. Tiny protein fibers called collagen help keep the cornea’s form and position. However, the collagen supporting your cornea may weaken over time, causing your cornea to gradually lose its form and bulge out. Instead of a dome, it may start assuming a cone shape, resulting in a condition called keratoconus.
How Does Keratoconus Affect Eyesight?
With your cornea damaged, you can have blurry vision, which is why Stephen Curry often squints to compensate for his eyesight irregularities. Seeing glare and halos, especially at night, may also be common. You may experience streaking lights and corneal scarring too. These changes to your vision may affect only one eye at a time; it’s also possible that both eyes will be affected. These visual impairments may stop at any time, or they can continue for years. Keratoconus usually runs in families, so if you have a relative that has keratoconus or you have noticed any of these symptoms, it’s best that you have an eye exam immediately.
What Can Be Done to Manage Keratoconus?
Stephen Curry shared that wearing contacts improved his vision. There are specialty contact lenses designed to improve the vision of those with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities. Custom soft contact lenses are best for managing mild to moderate keratoconus. There are also custom toric soft contacts that have a distinct shape to compensate your altered corneal shape.
Gas-permeable contact lenses are placed over the cornea, acting as a substitute for your cornea’s irregular surface. Your eye doctor may also suggest “piggybacking” contacts or using two different types of contact lenses so you can achieve both enhanced visual acuity and eye comfort. Scleral contact lenses are large-diametered contacts that rest on the white part of your eyes, effectively bending and focusing light rays into your eyes.
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