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Dear Patients,

We are pleased to inform you that our office is now resuming our regular business hours for appointments. Of utmost importance to us is to continue to provide exceptional eye care in an environment that is safe for our patients and entire Monji Optometry team. We have taken great measures to prepare and implement COVID-19 safety protocols guided by resources from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the California Optometric Association (COA).

We want to share our new safety practices and let you know what you will expect when you come to our office.

  • Our front door will remain locked and only opened to those with appointments. To limit the number of people, all patient encounters will be by appointment, including glasses pickups, adjustments and repairs. Our schedule has been adjusted to allow spacing of people in any given area in our office.
  • We ask that adult patients arrive alone for an appointment. Minor patients may be accompanied by one adult.
  • If you are new to our office, to help us be prepared for your arrival we ask you to submit the “Patient History Form” found on our website under “Patient Forms” before your appointment. Please don’t forget to bring your latest eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
  • Our staff and patients are required to wear masks. When you arrive, you will be asked COVID-19 screening questions and your temperature will be taken by a non-contact thermometer at the door. If your temperature is over 100 degrees, we will reschedule your appointment.
  • Upon entering, you will be immediately directed to wash your hands. We are practicing safe distancing and ask that you mindfully keep a 6 foot distance between other patients.
  • Plexiglass barrier shields have been placed at our reception desk and tables for eyeglass frame selection to allow safe interaction between you and staff. Protection shields have also been outfitted on examination instruments.
  • Our staff has been trained on CDC procedures to diligently keep touched surfaces, instrumentation and overall office clean and disinfected following each patient and regularly throughout each day. This includes disinfecting eyeglass frames.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Best regards for your continued health and safety!

Monji Optometry

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All About Keratoconus

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Eye Exams and Eye Care Treatment for Keratoconus, in Burbank, CA

diagnosing-keratoconus-burbank-caThe clear, outer lens of your eye is called the cornea, and it’s usually a smooth surface with a dome shape. With keratoconus, the corneal structure isn’t strong enough to create a healthy spherical shape. Instead, the cornea pushes and bulges outward, resulting in a cone-shape. At Monji Optometry, our highly qualified optometrists will perform a thorough eye exam in our clinic to detect this condition. Treatment for keratoconus is provided as part of our expert eye care services in Burbank, CA.

Keratoconus is relatively rare, diagnosed in approximately one person out of every 2,000. It generally makes an appearance in the teen years and can progress quickly or slowly. In general, keratoconus runs in families, so if you’re aware of this condition in your family eye history – it’s critical to schedule regular eye exams with our experienced Burbank eye doctors.

What causes Keratoconus?

Tiny collagen fibers secure your cornea into place. Protective antioxidants are present in your cornea, and they destroy the damaging by-products made naturally by corneal cells. If these by-products are not destroyed, the collagen fibers may be weakened to the point where they are unable to maintain the round form of a healthy cornea. A reduction in the amount of antioxidants can therefore lead to keratoconus.

The usual culprit for this corneal disorder is genetics, however some types of eye injuries may also raise your risk of keratoconus. A number of ocular and systemic diseases are also associated with the condition; contact us in Burbank for more information.

What are typical symptoms of Keratoconus?

Vision is affected by a bulging cornea in two different ways.

  1. The formation of a cone shape causes the normally smooth cornea to become wavy, leading to irregular astigmatism.
  2. As the cornea expands, eyesight becomes more and more nearsighted. Vision correction is needed in order to focus.

It is most common for problems to begin in one eye and later develop in the second eye too.
Common symptoms of these changes include:

  • Streaking of lights
  • Sudden change of vision in only one eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Objects appear distorted, both near and distant
  • Triple ghost images
  • Double vision from just one eye
  • Halos around bright lights at night; glare

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s advised to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam in Burbank.

How do we diagnose Keratoconus?

We use top-tier, advanced diagnostics to provide you with quality eye care services in our Burbank practice. Using the latest optometric equipment, our optometrists will inspect your eyes closely for any signs of keratoconus. We’ll measure the shape of your cornea with the help of computerized corneal topography, which provides immediate results.

How do we treat Keratoconus at the Burbank Eye Doctor?

contact-lense-to-treat-keratoconus-burbank-caPrescription eyeglasses will often be the first approach we recommend as a part of our Burbank eye care. If this solution isn’t effective and doesn’t clarify your vision, rigid, gas permeable contact lenses will usually be tried.

With severe keratoconus, tears, swelling and scars may occur due to overstretched collagen fibers. PTK is a specialized procedure that can be done to smooth out scars and enable comfortable contact lens wearing.

If you have a family eye history of keratoconus, or you experience any of the symptoms, please contact us to schedule an eye exam in Burbank. Our eye doctors are experienced at providing treatment for this condition as a part of our eye care services.

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