Meet Our Keratoconus Specialist in El Paso, Texas
Dr. Kathy Phan is a native of Chicago, IL. She holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Prior to her education there, she attended Temple University where she received her BS in Biochemistry.
Dr. Phan has been an independent optometrist at 20/20 Vision Care, LLC affiliated with Target Optical in Schaumburg, IL for over 11 years. Her mantra has always been to treat each patient as if they were family. She believes that it is important to take the time to build a relationship with her patients as well as provide excellent eye care. It was a bittersweet goodbye when she had to leave Illinois to relocate to Ft. Rucker, Alabama for her husband's Army aviation career in 2019.
With her husband now stationed at Ft. Bliss, Dr. Phan recently joined Eyeland Vision in November 2020. She looks forward to serving and caring for the residents of El Paso and New Mexico area.
Dr. Phan resides in El Paso, TX with her husband and dog. When not seeing patients, she enjoys working out, cooking, and hiking in the Franklin Mountains.
Dr. Holt completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Toxicology at Murray State University in Murray, KY. Dr. Holt then attended Southern College Of Optometry in Memphis, TN, where he obtained his Doctorate of Optometry.
While in optometry school, Dr. Holt was a member of SVOSH (Student Volunteers for the Optometric Service to Humanity) where he went to Costa Rica to provide eyecare to the residents. Dr. Holt went on to work for an ophthalmology group in Kentucky where he was Chief of the Contact Lens Department. Dr. Holt was the first to bring CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) to El Paso, and he also has a strong emphasis in sports vision.
Dr. Holt has been in El Paso since 2000 and is involved in many local community groups.
Dr. Holt is the current President of the El Paso Optometric Society representing the entire primary eye care of El Paso. He is also a member of the Texas Optometric Association.
Dr. Nguyen completed her undergraduate studies at the University Of Miami in Miami, FL. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate of Optometry at Southern College Of Optometry in Memphis, TN.
In optometry school, she was a member of SVOSH, (Student Volunteers for the Optometric Service to Humantity), where she went to Costa Rica to aid in the eyecare of the local people.
She is now involved in many local community groups in Northeast El Paso where Eyeland Vision is located.
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Ofrecemos servicios de emergencia que requieren atención inmediata y urgente. Por favor llámenos si tienes una emergencia ocular de cualquier tipo.
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Examens de los ojos para niños es una manera de diagnosticar a tiempo enfermedades realmente importantes. Para Una Cita Visite Nuestra Clinica llámenos y le atenderemos en Español.
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Our Doctor Can Diagnosis and Treat Keratoconus
Your cornea is the transparent, outer lens of your eye, and it typically has a smooth dome shape. Keratoconus describes a condition in which the corneal structure isn’t strong enough to maintain a healthy ball shape.
Meet with our Keratoconus Specialist in El Paso, Texas to define your eye's condition and ways for treatment.
As a result, the cornea bulges outward into more of a cone. Our professional optometric team at our eye care clinic is knowledgeable about how to diagnose and treat keratoconus.
Keratoconus is rare, with an estimated one person out of every 2,000 having the condition. It generally appears in the teenage years and can progress slowly or rapidly.
Keratoconus also runs in families, so if you or your children are at risk, it’s advised to contact us for a thorough eye exam.
Causes of Keratoconus
Your cornea is held in place by very small collagen fibers. When they are weakened and too fragile, they aren’t able to preserve the round shape of your cornea.
A reduction in the protective antioxidants of your cornea, which act to destroy damaging by-products made naturally by corneal cells, is what causes keratoconus.
In addition to genetics, some types of eye injuries may increase your chance of being diagnosed with keratoconus.
Specific ocular diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, vernal keratoconjunctivitis and retinopathy of prematurity, as well as some systemic conditions (Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Leber's congenital amaurosis and osteogenesis imperfecta) are also associated with this corneal abnormality.
Our Keratoconus Specialist in El Paso, Texas has years of experience identifying the various levels of keratoconus and other corneal conditions.
Symptoms of Keratoconus
When the shape of your cornea begins to bulge, it alters your eyesight in two different ways. As the cone shape forms, your normally smooth corneal surface becomes wavy, called irregular astigmatism. Additionally, as your cornea expands, vision becomes increasingly nearsighted. Focusing becomes impossible without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Usually, the problems begin in one eye and develop later in the other eye too.
Typically, patient’s eyeglass prescription will change often as the vision becomes worse and contact lenses will be difficult to wear due to discomfort and improper fit.
When keratoconus become more severe (which usually takes a long time however on occasion can happen rather quickly), the cornea can begin to swell and form scar tissue. This scar tissue can result in even further visual distortion and blurred vision.
Altogether, these changes can create the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Streaking of lights
- Halos around bright lights at night; glare
- Sudden change of vision in only one eye
- Objects appear distorted, both near and distant
- Double vision from just one eye
- Triple ghost images
How We Diagnose Keratoconus
Our eye doctors will inspect carefully for the signs of keratoconus during your comprehensive eye exam. It’s critical to inform us of any symptoms that you’ve been experiencing. To diagnose the condition, we’ll measure the shape of your cornea. Computerized Corneal Topography is used for this procedure, which takes a picture of your cornea and analyzes it instantly.