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Keratoconus is one of the most common eye diseases that can cause corneal problems. We explain the condition, symptoms and treatments.
Keratoconus gets worse over time. It doesn't usually appear until the early teens but can sometimes occur at an earlier age. It may also slow down or stop in your 30s. Keratoconus usually affects both eyes but may appear in just one. The cause of this eye disease is currently unknown. For a few people, it can run in the family. Keratoconus may also be more common in certain ethnic groups, such as South Asian people.
In early stages of keratoconus, the symptoms can include:
In later stages of keratoconus, the symptoms can include:
However, some people with keratoconus may reach the point where contact lenses or other therapies no longer provide suitable vision, and they may need surgery such as a cornea transplant. Even after a transplant, a person will probably need glasses or contact lenses for clear vision.
We can arrange a private appointment for you to see a leading eye consultant who specialises in diagnosing treating keratoconus. He or she will thoroughly test and assess your individual condition, and advise you about the most appropriate treatment options for you.