Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters in the NBA. Apart from setting new three-point shooting records, he is also known for his great ball-handling skills. Many fans were thus shocked with his All Star shooting slump.
In an interview, Curry explained that he wasn’t able to see well and had been squinting a lot because of a degenerative eye disease called keratoconus. Here’s what your eye care specialist has to say about this condition.
The front part of your eyes is covered by the cornea, a transparent, dome-shaped structure. Its purpose is to focus light rays that enter your eyes. Tiny protein fibers called collagen help keep the cornea in shape. However, as you age, the collagen may weaken, causing your cornea to gradually lose its form and bulge out. It may then assume a cone shape instead of a dome, resulting in an eye condition known as keratoconus.
With your cornea structurally impaired, you’ll have blurry vision that eyeglasses may not be able to correct. This is why Stephen Curry mentioned squinting to compensate for his vision problems. You may also see be sensitive to glare, especially at night. Streaks of light may be common as well. If unmanaged, corneal scars may develop too. These symptoms may affect one or both eyes at a time. Keratoconus usually runs in families, so have your eyes checked regularly if this condition affects any of your relatives.
Stephen Curry has mentioned that using contacts helped improve his vision. Your eye doctor may prescribe toric contact lenses that have a different shape than your usual lenses to compensate for your impaired corneal surface. Customized soft contact lenses can help manage mild to moderate keratoconus.
We may prescribe scleral contact lenses that have a larger diameter than regular ones. They are designed to sit on the white part of your eyes, acting as a substitute to your altered corneal shape. This way, light rays are effectively bent and focused into your eyes. Gas-permeable contacts can improve both your visual acuity and comfort all at the same time.
To learn more about keratoconus, call us at (281) 205-0002 or fill out our form. We serve League City and nearby TX areas.