Welcome To Eyeworld Vision Center
Keratoconus is a vision disorder that occurs when the normally round cornea (the front part of the eye) becomes thin and irregular (cone) shaped. This abnormal shape prevents the light entering the eye from being focused correctly on the retina and causes distortion of vision.
In its earliest stages, keratoconus causes slight blurring and distortion of vision and increased sensitivity to glare and light. These symptoms usually appear in the late teens or late 20s. Keratoconus may progress for 10-20 years and then slow in its progression. Each eye may be affected differently. As keratoconus progresses, the cornea bulges more and vision may become more distorted. In a small number of cases, the cornea will swell and cause a sudden and significant decrease in vision. The swelling occurs when the strain of the cornea's protruding cone-like shape causes a tiny crack to develop. The swelling may last for weeks or months as the crack heals and is gradually replaced by scar tissue. If this sudden swelling does occur, your doctor can prescribe eyedrops for temporary relief, but there are no medicines that can prevent the disorder from progressing.
Eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may be used to correct the mild nearsightedness and astigmatism that is caused by the early stages for keratoconus. As the disorder progresses and cornea continues to thin and change shape, rigid gas permeable contact lenses can be prescribed to correct vision adequately. In most cases, this is adequate. The contact lenses must be carefully fitted, and frequent checkups and lens changes may be needed to achieve and maintain good vision.
In a few cases, a corneal transplant is necessary. However, even after a corneal transplant, eyeglasses or contact lenses are often still needed to correct vision.
To all of our loyal supporters:
In 2010 we will celebrate our 25th year serving the eye care needs of South Alabama.
I think back to our early days, (1985 in Chickasaw) and I’m astonished at your level of support
throughout the years. Thank you!
We’re fully aware that our accomplishments are not simply attributable to good management
or hard-working employees. We grew and prospered with God’s Blessing and because we
found some great friends like you who gave us loyal support along the way. We want to let
you know how much we appreciate you continuing to rely on our office for your vision care
So this is a thank-you note—for allowing us to care for your vision needs, for putting up with
occasional errors due to “growing pains,” and just for helping to put Eyeworld Vision Center
on the map. The future looks bright, and we want to acknowledge your contribution to this
rosy outlook. As we say in Alabama, “’Preciate it!”
Phil and Sherry Gillette
EYEWORLD VISION CENTER
1088 Industrial Parkway I-65 Exit 13 Across From Wal-Mart.
Phone 251-675-3666 Fax 251-675-9366 Toll Free 1-800-453-0912
7930 Moffett Rd. 1 Block West of Schillinger Rd. Across From WalMart
Phone 251-645-2991 Fax 251-645-0723