Keratoconus is degenerative disease of the cornea in which the supportive fibers of the cornea begin to break down and the cornea assumes a more cone-like form. Although the exact cause of keratoconus is unknown, it usually starts during the teenage years and gradually worsens through the adult years. Keratoconus affects about 1 in every 1000 people and can have very serious visual implications. Although corneal transplants are sometimes necessary in very severe cases, most keratoconic patients can be managed with the use of contact lenses. If you have keratoconus, our office has the technology and lenses to help you see as clearly and comfortably as possible. Our doctors perform corneal topography (corneal mapping) and fit you in the most appropriate lens to manage your condition. Typically, the doctors use hard contact lenses or the newer Synergeyes lens, which have a rigid lens center and soft lens periphery for extra comfort.