What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a progressive corneal disease that occurs in patients with atypically thin corneas. Keratoconus is characterized by a cone-shaped bulge in the cornea that can cause blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and mild eye irritation in the early stages of the disease. As the condition progresses, patients often report more severe symptoms.
Symptoms of Advanced Keratoconus
After about 10 to 20 years of progression, the symptoms of keratoconus may include worsening of blurry vision and visual distortions. Nearsightedness typically becomes more severe. Additionally, patients may need to visit an ophthalmologist for frequent prescription changes. Some individuals may no longer be able to wear contact lenses. In a few cases, ophthalmologists may note a rapid progression of keratoconus, which can result in scarring of the cornea. This leads to a loss of clarity and smoothness, which further worsens vision problems. But there a number of treatments available as options depending on the severity such as gas-permeable contact lenses or through a corneal transplant. Call Mack Eye Center at (847) 755-9393 to schedule an appointment with one our multi-specialty eye doctors.