Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped clear window of the eye (cornea) progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop.
This eventually impairs the ability of the eye to focus properly, potentially causing poor vision.
Can keratoconus be corrected?
Treatment for keratoconus depends on the severity of your condition and how quickly the condition is progressing. Mild to moderate keratoconus can be treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. For many people, the cornea will become stable after a few years.
What is keratoconus of the eye?
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision.
What are the common diseases of the eyes?
The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Other common eye disorders include amblyopia and strabismus.
Is Keratoconus serious?
Keratoconus is an eye disease that may or may not cause loss of visual acuity that is severe enough to be considered a disability. Thankfully, in most cases, treatments such as scleral contact lenses and/or corneal cross-linking can prevent even advanced keratoconus from causing this level of severe vision loss.
What does a person with keratoconus see?
Keratoconus gradually causes the cornea to thin, bulge/protrude outward, and become cone-shaped. This creates an abnormal curvature of the eye called astigmatism that can cause blurry vision, glare, or light sensitivity (photophobia). This can cause pain and a sudden decrease in vision.
At what age keratoconus stops?
Keratoconus typically commences at puberty and progresses to the mid thirties at which time progression slows and often stops. Between age 12 and 35 it can arrest or progress at any time and there is now way to predict how fast it will progress or if it will progress at all.
How did I get keratoconus?
Causes of keratoconus include: Genetics (you can inherit a tendency for the condition from a parent) Eye trauma (from rubbing your eyes a lot) Eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity, and vernal keratoconjunctivitis.
What is the best treatment for keratoconus?
Treatments for progressive keratoconus include:
- Gas permeable contact lenses.
- “Piggybacking” contact lenses.
- Hybrid contact lenses.
- Scleral and semi-scleral lenses.
- Prosthetic lenses.
- Topography-guided conductive keratoplasty.
- Corneal transplant.
Can keratoconus lead to blindness?
A: Keratoconus does not typically lead to complete blindness. But the disease can degrade vision to a level where one will experience difficulty leading a normal life. A: If someone has very mild keratoconus, then it is possible that they may not require glasses or contact lenses after receiving keratoconus treatment.