WHAT IS KERATOCONUS?

KERATOCONUS IS ALSO KNOWN AS KC OR CONICAL CORNEA

It is a non-inflammatory eye condition. The cornea is the thin-walled, "dome-shaped," normally rounded transparent region forming the front of the eyeball and serving as a protective covering and helps to focus or refract light waves onto the retina at the back of the eye. In those with Keratoconus, slowly progressive thinning of the cornea causes it to protrude forward in a conical shape, leading to blurry vision and other vision problems. The exact cause of Keratoconus is unclear, but there are certain facts that are known.

Ghosting as experienced by a keratoconic patient.

THE SYMPTOMS

  • Double vision
  • Ghosting
  • Blurred images
  • Poor night vision
  • Can no longer drive a car
  • Difficulty reading
  • Uncomfortable with glasses
  • Intolerant of your contact lenses

THE SYMPTOMS

  • Double vision
  • Ghosting
  • Blurred images
  • Poor night vision
  • Can no longer drive a car
  • Difficulty reading
  • Uncomfortable with glasses
  • Intolerant of your contact lenses

FAST FACTS

  • Approximately 1 in 1000 people are affected
  • Typically a binocular condition, with one eye more affected than the other
  • Begins during adolescence or early 20's
  • Progresses at varying rates
  • Appears to have an inconsistent hereditary component
  • May be linked to severe eye rubbing

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