Keratoconus

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the shape of the cornea becomes distorted. The cornea is a clear structure that covers the front of the eye and allows light to enter the eye. In a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome. In an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea slowly thins and bulges so that it sags and has a cone shape.

What causes keratoconus?

The cause of keratoconus is unknown.

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

Keratoconus tends to affect younger people and the symptoms sometimes start in the early teen years and progresses most rapidly for the next 10 to 20 years. Often, eyeglass prescriptions must be changed frequently as the disease progresses.

Symptoms include:

• Difficulty driving at night
• Halo's and ghosting, especially at night
• Eye strain
• Headaches and general eye pain
• Eye irritation and excessive rubbing of the eye


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