Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the cornea. It is most prevalent in teenagers and adults in their 20s.
Keratoconus causes the middle of the cornea to thin, bulge outward, and form a rounded cone shape that can cause double or blurred vision, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and increased sensitivity to light.
The causes of keratoconus aren’t known, but research indicates it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic susceptibility along with environmental and hormonal influences.
At first, the condition is corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses. As the disease progresses, you may need specially fitted contact lenses to correct the distortion of the cornea and provide better vision.
In most cases, the cornea stabilizes after a few years without causing severe vision problems. A small number of people with keratoconus may develop severe corneal scarring or become unable to tolerate a contact lens. For these people, a corneal transplant may become necessary.
North Carolina EENT has offices in Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Roxboro for treatment of Keratoconus
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