Keratoconus

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to become cone-shaped. In a healthy eye, the dome-shaped cornea focuses light rays and bends (refracts) them onto the retina to produce clear images. Keratoconus causes the cornea to progressively become weaker and thinner, eventually bulging into a conical shape and impairing its ability to properly focus light. This causes blurry and distorted vision.1

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The specialized team of ophthalmologists at CVP Physicians Dayton offer the latest diagnostic testing and treatment options for keratoconus.

Keratoconus Symptoms

Symptoms of keratoconus often begin to appear between the teenage years and age 30. Keratoconus often affects both eyes, but the rate at which the corneas become cone-shaped can differ. This means that keratoconus symptoms can differ from eye to eye.

Early stages of keratoconus may cause symptoms such as:

As keratoconus progresses, symptoms may include:

In individuals with advanced keratoconus, the cornea may become scarred and diminish in clarity, causing vision to be even more blurred and distorted.

Keratoconus Cause

The cause of keratoconus is unknown. However, it is believed to be an inherited condition and can be accelerated by chronic eye inflammation or eye rubbing due to allergies or irritants. Currently, there is no known way to prevent it.

Keratoconus Diagnosis and Treatment

Keratoconus can go undetected in its early stages because the changes to the cornea are not visibly apparent to the untrained observer. Many times, it is not investigated further until there is a pattern of continually changing vision that eventually cannot be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. At that point, the more detailed testing is performed to determine if symptoms are due to keratoconus or another condition/issue.

Keratoconus can range from mild to severe. There are a variety of treatment options, depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases can be successfully treated with glasses or specially designed contact lenses.

There are treatment options for advanced cases including minimally-invasive procedures (intracorneal rings, collagen cross-linking, corneal implants) and corneal transplant surgeries.

Contact CVP Physicians Dayton

The eye care doctors at CVP Physicians Dayton have expert training and are skilled at treating people with all kinds of eye conditions, including keratoconus. Our patients can trust that their examination will fully assess their problem and make the very best treatment recommendations. If you have noticed changes in your vision, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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1 American Academy of Ophthalmologists. What is Keratoconus? Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-keratoconus. Accessed June 10, 2020.

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