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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. Your vision is typically not correctable with glasses, requiring specialty contact lenses, or in severe cases if left untreated, a corneal transplant.
Common Questions About Keratoconus
When does keratoconus first appear?
The first signs of keratoconus usually appear in your teenage years. In most people, the condition stabilizes in their 40s or 50s, although some experience progression of the disease, especially if they continue to rub their eyes.
What are the symptoms of keratoconus?
In addition to blurred or distorted vision, symptoms of keratoconus can include a progressive increase in nearsightedness and astigmatism, sensitivity to light, and frequent prescription changes. The condition can make everyday activities like riding a bike or reading a magazine very difficult.
What causes keratoconus?
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.
How do you treat Keratoconus?
Collagen Cross Linking is the procedure of choice to stop the progression of the disease and should be performed when keratoconus is first diagnosed. If you have keratoconus, you should have collagen cross linking (CXL). CXL can also be combined with other procedures such as INTACS and EVO ICL. Ask your NVISION eye surgeon about what procedures are best for you.
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