Keratoconus: Can it be treated?

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Keratoconus: Can it be treated?

Question

What is the most effective treatment for keratoconus?

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Answer

Keratoconus occurs when the center of the cornea thins and gradually bulges outward, developing a rounded cone shape. This abnormal shape of the cornea causes moderate to severe blurring and distortion of vision. Mild vision problems can be corrected with eyeglasses. Moderate to severe cases of keratoconus may require specially fitted contact lenses to improve vision. In some cases, severe keratoconus may require a corneal transplant.

Keratoconus

Illustration of keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye disorder in which structural changes in the normally rounded cornea cause it to bulge outward into a cone shape — blurring and distorting vision.

Last Updated: 10/06/2006
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