What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an uncommon eye disorder characterized by an irregular corneal surface, which results in blurred, distorted images. Keratoconus literally means “cone-shaped cornea”.

The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye. Light must pass through the cornea to enter the eye. The normal cornea is clear and dome shaped. Compromises in corneal clarity or shape can result in reduced vision and problems with glare.

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Keratoconus is an eye disorder characterized by thinning and weakening of the cornea. This causes the cornea to bulge into an irregular cone shape that results in blurred or distorted vision. These changes can make tasks such as driving and reading very difficult.

Chart Illustrating a Normal Eye Compared to One With Keratoconus

Symptoms of keratoconus include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact one of our great doctors here at Associated Eye Care.

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Keratoconus severity ranges from mild to severe. In mild to moderate cases, vision can often be improved with glasses and specialized contact lenses. Severe cases may require a corneal transplant to restore vision. Keratoconus is a progressive disease that often worsens over time. Fortunately, we now have the ability to strengthen the cornea and prevent future progression using a revolutionary procedure called corneal collagen cross-linking.

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