Keratoconus is an eye condition that occurs when the cornea - the clear, dome-shaped surface at the front of the eyeball - begins to thin and lose its shape. As the dome weakens, it bulges outward and becomes more of a cone shape.
- Blurred vision
- Double vision when looking through a single eye
- Sensitivity to light and glare
Keratoconus usually begins to affect people between the ages of 10 and 25. The development of keratoconus progresses slowly, although it affects the eyes more rapidly in younger children. There is no common cause of keratoconus, although genetics are thought to play a role in the development of the condition. Nearly 1 in 10 individuals with keratoconus also have a parent who has managed the condition.
If left untreated, keratoconus can lead to scarring of the cornea, which may cloud and worsen vision even more. Because of this, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is recommended that you talk to an eye doctor to begin treatment.
Below is a list of common treatment options for keratoconus. During your appointment, discuss these with your doctor to determine the right treatment plan for you.