Vision Therapy in Rigden Farm

Keratoconus and Contact Lenses: Finding the Perfect Fit

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Understanding Keratoconus: A Vision Disorder

Your cornea, the clear, round, front surface of your eye, is the first ocular tissue that light passes through on its way to the retina. Keratoconus causes the cornea to thin, steepen, and form an irregular cone-shape. This transformation causes light to focus on the retina incorrectly, which leads to distorted vision.

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What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

There are two primary ways keratoconus affects your vision, and it shows up as:

  • Irregular Astigmatism: The cornea, which typically has a smooth spherical shape, undergoes a transformation into a cone-like structure. This alteration results in a wavy and uneven corneal surface, known as irregular astigmatism.
  • Nearsightedness: As the front part of your eye expands, your vision becomes increasingly nearsighted. This means that you can only see objects clearly when they are up close (however in keratoconus, even objects at near may still appear distorted). Anything at a distance appears blurry.
  • Variable or quickly changing vision. The inability to achieve clear vision in glasses or soft contacts when it had been possible in the recent past.

Recognizing the signs of keratoconus is essential, as early detection can lead to more effective treatment. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Double or triple vision when using just one eye
  • Blurriness of objects both near and far
  • Perception of bright lights with halos around them
  • Presence of light streaks
  • The presence of ghost images
  • Persistent blurry vision that affects your ability to drive safely

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Our optometry practice in Rigden Farm

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Causes and Risk Factors: Can it Damage Your Vision?

The precise cause of keratoconus remains unknown. Researchers believe that some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to the condition.

However, several factors have been associated with the development of keratoconus:

Family History: If a family member has been diagnosed with keratoconus, there is an increased likelihood of inheriting the condition. If you have keratoconus, it is advisable to have your children's eyes examined for early signs, by the age of 10 at the latest. Early detection of keratoconus is crucial for successful management and prevention of severe disease.

Certain Medical Conditions: Research has indicated a correlation between keratoconus and systemic conditions such as Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, retinitis pigmentosa, sleep apnea, Lebers congenital amaurosis, Marfan’s, and other connective tissue disorders.Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions like allergies, asthma, or atopic eye disease have the potential to weaken the corneal tissue over time.

Eye Rubbing: Vigorous and persistent eye rubbing can lead to corneal damage. Excessive eye rubbing can accelerate its progression for individuals already diagnosed with keratoconus.

Patient Reviews
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- May. 21, 2024
Dr Amy Abel found a conversion insufficiency with my eyes that no other physician found and exercise... therapy has helped me tremendously Her staff is courteous and friendly Elizabeth Ishmael
- May. 16, 2024
I have been going here for a few years now -- they are always friendly and helpful!
- Apr. 27, 2024
Doctors Amy and Greg are amazing. Their expertise and knowledge are complimented by compassion and c... aring for their patients. They are a rarity in the medical realm in that their first and foremost desire is the welfare and healing of their clients. Quality of the entire staff is outstanding! Know you are with the best of the best when experiencing their diligent work for the good of every client.
- Mar. 30, 2024
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Kelly for an eye exam, and I must say, the experience wa... s nothing short of exceptional. From the moment I stepped into the clinic, I was greeted with warmth and professionalism. The atmosphere was welcoming, and the staff were incredibly helpful, making the entire process smooth and comfortable. Dr. Kelly stands out not just for her expertise but also for her ability to connect with patients on a personal level. She took the time to thoroughly explain each step of the examination, ensuring that I was comfortable and informed throughout. Her attention to detail and genuine concern for my eye health was evident, making me feel valued and well-cared for. What impressed me most was Dr. Kelly’s dedication to using the latest technology and her knowledge to provide the best possible care. She answered all my questions with patience and provided me with valuable advice on maintaining my eye health. I left the clinic feeling reassured and well-informed about my eye health. It’s clear that Dr. Kelly and her team go above and beyond for their patients, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you’re looking for an optometrist who truly cares about your well-being, Dr. Kelly is the one to see.
- Mar. 28, 2024
Dr Kelly was amazing! She was an attentive listener, and provided thorough explanations and recommen... dations without any pressure. Her knowledge and patience, especially with my inquisitive child, were much appreciated.
- Mar. 09, 2024
We love Dr. Amy, Dr. Greg & Dr. Kelly- our family has seen them all! They all take the time and care... with each of us and make us feel special. I know my family’s eye care is in the BEST hands!!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Doctors Amy and Greg have been treating our family since they opened. Very attentive and knowledgeab... le.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Best ophthalmologist ever. Appointments are extremely fast, no eye dilation is required, but you sti... ll have a full retinal exam, the doctor is extremely knowledgeable and the doctor explains everything she is looking at. Also great selection of glasses
- Feb. 17, 2024
I had an eye emergency and tried to get in everywhere in town with no luck until I called Mountain V... iew. Even though they had no availability got me in last minute on a Friday afternoon and took great care of me. They were professional and thorough and I would recommend them to anyone who asked. I am incredibly grateful for their compassion and willingness to help.
- Jan. 05, 2024
Dr. Abel and his staff were so thorough, helpful and professional. At every turn, I felt like I was ... spending the afternoon with friends. I’m so glad I found this office!
- Nov. 14, 2023
Amazing staff! Very welcoming and comforting! Had no issues while there and the process from one roo... m to the next was smooth and seamless! Great work guys!
- Nov. 06, 2023
Everyone here is amazingly helpful and informative. They took the time to help answer any questions ... I had - and I had many. 🙂
- Nov. 05, 2023
Really wonderful staff and nice facility. They are great with the kids and always thorough with thei... r explanations of what they are doing and seeing. Highly recommend all the doctors at Moutain View Eye Specialists
- Oct. 23, 2023
Unfortunately, Mountain View isn't in my insurance network, however, I wanted to give these guys a g... ood review solely based on the through-the-roof customer service I received from their receptionist, Katie. That quality of service seems far too uncommon these days, so credit where it's due. Thank you, Katie!
- Oct. 20, 2023
Great optometrist. The optometric technician was smart and skilled. Dr. Greg Able- the optometrist... - is smart, skilled, and spends as much time as needed to explain everything. Real cool guy.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Dr. Kelly is the best! The whole office is professional and inviting. Staff is very helpful and know... ledgeable. I’ve been visiting this practice for years and continue to commute back to Fort Collins because they offer such great service.
- Sep. 23, 2023
I had interactions with 3 employees, Tasha who set me up in my room and initial assessment, then Dr.... kelly for the eye exam, and Isabel to help me pick out frames. Incredible experience, super knowledgeable Staff and incredibly friendly and patient. Out of 15 years of going to eye doctors this is hands down the best experience I've had. On top of it all, their prices are phenomenal and many discounts offered. I'll definitely be using them for as long as I'm in Colorado. A++++!
- Aug. 31, 2023
Best eye exam I've ever had. Dr. Kelly German was exceptional - knowledgeable, education-oriented an... d has a great sense of humor. She figured out a discrepancy in two eyeglass prescriptions that I had from another practice in town and found a great solution. I'm grateful!
- Aug. 12, 2023
I worked with the Abel’s for 2 years in the past, and would recommend this optometric clinic over ... any other in Northern Colorado. Their equipment rivals the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, and the experience of Dr. Amy helped diagnose me with vision focus issues. They even offer vision therapy, which is incredibly find, as well. I’ll continue going here for as long as I live in Fort Collins/Loveland.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Excellent care. Dr. Kelly is the best!

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Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus: The Game-Changer

Keratoconus presents a unique challenge when it comes to vision correction. Traditional gas permeable? contact lenses often prove ineffective as they cannot conform to the irregular corneal shape. This is where scleral lenses step in as an innovative solution.

Here are four compelling reasons to consider scleral lenses for keratoconus:

  • Enhanced Comfort

    Scleral lenses are larger in diameter compared to traditional rigid gas permeable contact lenses, spreading their weight across a broader, less sensitive area, ensuring comfort during extended wear.

  • Improved Vision

    Unlike glasses, which often offer limited visual improvement for keratoconus patients, scleral lenses can significantly enhance vision clarity and stability.

  • Constant Moisture

    Scleral lenses provide a continuous reservoir of moisture between the lens and the eye's surface, ensuring a soothing and moisture-rich environment for the eyes.

  • No More Eye Rubbing

    The design of scleral lenses minimizes the need for eye rubbing by reducing inciting factors of ocular surface and lid inflammation due to allergy response, reducing the risk of further corneal damage and discomfort.


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Experience Clarity with Scleral Lenses from Mountain View Eye Specialists

Scleral lenses have the potential to provide life-changing improvement in vision clarity and comfort for those battling keratoconus.If you or a loved one has keratoconus and would like to explore the benefits of scleral lenses, schedule a consultation with Mountain View Eye Specialists today. Your journey to clear vision begins here.[b]

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