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What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a degenerative disorder of the eye which can cause substantial distorted sight including double vision as well as streaking and sensitivity to light.

Keratoconus is typically diagnosed in the patient's adolescent years and attains its most severe state in the twenties and thirties when cornea becomes thin and changes shape. The cornea is typically a round or spherical shape, however, during keratoconus the cornea swells, distorts and assumes more of a cone shape. This changes the way light enters the eye and hits the light-sensitive retina and results in distorted vision. Keratoconus may occur in one or both eyes. If afflicting both eyes, the deterioration in vision can affect the patient's ability to drive a car or read normal print.

Treating Keratoconus

In most cases, corrective lenses are effective enough to allow the patient to continue to drive legally and likewise function normally. Further progression of the disease can require surgery.

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