Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea (the front part of the eye) becomes irregular and thin. The abnormal shape of the eye causes distortion of vision because light cannot enter the eye correctly.
Can keratoconus be cured?
In contrast to conventional eye diseases, keratoconus is a chronic, lifelong condition that will not go away on its own. There may be a need for a corneal graft in severe cases, but that does not eliminate Keratoconus. If you have Keratoconus that is not too severe, you can reduce its effects by wearing specialized contact lenses (hard, piggyback, hybrid, or scleral).
What can make keratoconus worse?
A poorly fitted contact lens can also worsen Keratoconus. Lenses fitted incorrectly can rub against the diseased part of the cornea. Due to excessive rubbing, the thin cornea becomes even thinner, causing symptoms to worsen. With many years of experience, we can assist you with keratoconus.
At what age does keratoconus stops?
The disease usually stops progressing before age 40, approximately 20 years after it began. Astigmatic correction or corneal collagen cross-linking should be considered for older subjects with keratoconus.