What is Keratoconus? (ker-uh-toh-koh-nuhs)

Keratoconus is a medical term used to describe a disorder in which the cornea of the eye is thin and cone-shaped instead of round. The cone-shape of the cornea prevents light from focusing properly on the retina leading to distorted vision.

 What are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

  • Slight blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light/Glare
  • As the disease progresses through life, the cornea can swell and eventually crack. This cracking may heal and form scar tissue on the cornea making normal vision impossible.

How Common is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is fairly uncommon

When does Keratoconus Occur?
Keratoconus usually begins the late teens or late 20s. The disease usually progresses for the next 10-20 years and then slows down.

How is Keratoconus Diagnosed?
Diagnosing keratoconus begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care. During this exam, your doctor uses tests to evaluate your vision and the front surface of your cornea. Your eye doctor may frequently use a corneal topographer to map the changing topography of your cornea. Keratoconus requires frequent exams by your eye doctor to monitor progression.

How is Keratoconus Treated?

  • Glasses
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
  • Corneal Transplant