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Keratoconus

Progressive Corneal Thinning

Keratoconus is a fairly uncommon eye condition, affecting roughly 1 in 2,000 people. The disease causes progressive weakening and thinning of the cornea, which causes it to bulge into a cone shape. It is typically not correctable with glasses, requiring specialty contact lenses, or in severe cases if left untreated, a corneal transplant.

Common Questions About Keratoconus

  • The first signs of keratoconus usually appear in your teenage years. In most people, the condition stabilizes in their 40s or 50s.

  • In addition to blurred or distorted vision, symptoms of keratoconus can include astigmatism, sensitivity to light, and frequent prescription changes. The condition can make everyday activities like riding a bike or reading a magazine very difficult.

  • Keratoconus affects individuals throughout the world, and doesn’t have a significant geographic or cultural footprint. Keratoconus has a hereditary component, and is also strongly linked to vigorous eye rubbing and Down’s Syndrome.

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Treatment For Keratoconus

Treatments

The progression of keratoconus can be halted with treatment. If the condition is severe and progresses to an advanced stage, a cornea transplant may be necessary. Your NVISION® surgeon is best suited to recommend the treatment for your individual needs.

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