Understanding Keratoconus: Causes and Symptoms

Keratoconus is a rare condition affecting your cornea which is normally round and dome-like. However, individuals with keratoconus tend to have “cone-shaped” cornea resulting to distorted vision. Here at the Roholt Vision Institute, patients who suffer from keratoconus may make daily activities of living somewhat difficult such as reading, driving, typing on a computer, cooking, and watching television.

Although the main cause of keratoconus is unknown, it has been shown that the following factors may play a role:

  • genetics
  • history of eye injury or prolonged used of hard contact lenses
  • certain eye conditions such as retinopathy of prematurity, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, and retinitis pigmentosa
  • systemic diseases like Down syndrome

Symptoms of Keratoconus
The symptoms of keratoconus could be divided into two — early and late. Early symptoms include

  • blurring of vision
  • distortion of vision
  • mild irritation of the eye
  • increased sensitivity to light

On the other hand, progression of the condition could lead to the following:

  • increased blurring and distortion of vision
  • increased nearsightedness
  • frequent changes with eyeglass prescription
  • inability to wear contact lenses

Call us at 1-800-481-9545 to learn more about the treatment options available for keratoconus including corneal cross-linking which stops the progression of keratoconus.  We look forward to your visit!

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