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What is Keratoconus?

Normally the corneas are gradually curved. Keratoconus occurs when the cornea thins and becomes more cone-shaped. It can lead to a range of vision problems.

Keratoconus Symptoms
Keratoconus is not generally painful. It can develop suddenly, or progress over several years. The cornea is a link to components of the eye so as well as a noticeable physical change in the shape of the cornea, signs of the condition include:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation of the eyes 
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Progressive short sightedness
  • Glare and halos around lights 

Managing Keratoconus
Mild symptoms can be managed with glasses or contact lenses – rigid contact lenses are the most effective type for correcting the effects of keratoconus. Regular trips to your optician will aid early diagnosis. In more severe cases, a medical procedure may be required, which your doctor will be able to discuss with you in more detail.