What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a condition in which the normally round cornea becomes thin and develops a cone-like bulge.
What are the symptoms of Keratoconus?
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Light Sensitivity
- Multiple images
- Eye strain
- ‘Ghost images’-Appearance like several images when looking at one object
What is the usual age of onset of Keratoconus?
Keratoconus can occur in the early teens to 45 years of age.
What if Keratoconus not treated in time?
Keratoconus if not treated in time can lead to blindness. In few cases if the keratoconus is not treated; the cornea can swell and cause reduced vision and scarring. In severe or advanced Keratoconus corneal scarring will worsen the vision necessitating corneal transplant operation.
Can Keratoconus make you Blind?
No, Keratoconus will not cause complete blindness. It can lead to partial blindness or significant visual impairment. It may lead to reduced vision, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, etc. Keratoconus is a condition which if detected early can be treated well and patients will get back to their normal vision.
How does keratoconus make one blind?
Keratoconus occurs due to the weakening of the corneal tissue, which is due to the imbalance of enzymes within the cornea. These imbalances are prone to cause oxidative damage to compounds called free radicals which weaken the cornea making it bulged forward.