Keratoconus

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Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, becomes thin and develops a cone-shaped bulge. The cornea plays a huge role in our vision. As light enters the eye, it is the cornea that directs the light rays to land precisely on the retina. When the cornea is not shaped correctly, light rays will not hit the retina correctly which results in poor vision.

Keratoconus can drastically change the shape of the cornea because it causes the cornea to thin, which in turn causes it to bulge outward in a steep, cone-like shape.

Keratoconus will most often affect both eyes, but the symptoms can vary from person to person, and even from eye to eye. Blurred or distorted vision and frequent changes in eyeglass prescription are generally the first signs.

Common Symptoms include:
• Blurred or distorted vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Glare, halos, or starbursts when looking at lights
• Multiple images

Keratoconus can affect people of all ages, but it will usually begin to develop in the teens to early twenties, and often progresses for 10 to 20 years before stabilizing. While for many, having keratoconus means nothing more than having to use glasses or contacts, for some this condition can progress to severe levels, greatly affecting vision and quality of life.

Here at Heart of Texas Eye Institute we provide a range of treatment options for keratoconus from corrective lenses to surgery. Let our experienced doctors help you decide on the treatment that is best for you.