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What is Keratoconus? What is the treatment for keratoconus?


Keratoconus is a degenerative corneal condition that causes the cornea to thin. The thinning of the cornea causes irregular astigmatism and a decrease in visual acuity. This condition is progressive and will often continue to worsen over time. It is often diagnosed between 15-25 years of age. The exact cause of keratoconus is unknown. It is thought to be related to allergies and/or eye rubbing. Keratoconus typically occurs in both eyes however it is common for one eye to advance more quickly.

The initial treatment for keratoconus is glasses and contact lenses. Often a hard contact lense or specialty contact lenses are used to help improve one’s vision. Once keratoconus has advance to its severe state a corneal transplant is often recommended. A corneal transplant is an invasive surgical procedure where one gets a donor cornea.


Keratoconus will disqualify one from refractive surgery, PRK or LASIK. Refractive surgery will worsen this condition significantly.




Contact lenses, soft

Contact lenses, hard

Corneal Transplant


Last Updated on Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:50

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