Keratoconus

What is it?

A disease in which the cornea becomes progressively thinner and more protuberant and cone-shaped in its centre. Causes a reduction of visual definition secondary to irregular astigmatism. Begins in puberty and progresses slowly. Generally bilateral.

Causes

  • Unknown, probably multi-factor.
  • Prior family history in less than 10% of cases.

Treatment

Always depending on the state it has reached:
  • Correction of error with spectacles or contact lenses.
  • Placing of intrastromal rings. (INTACS)
  • Corneal cross-linking (to halt development).
  • Cornea transplant.

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