• by Dr. Z Aleksic

Catching On To Keratoconus

The name ‘Keratoconus,’ probably because of its Greek derivatives, can be quite intimidating for patients, causing them to expect some rare and painful disease. The condition, however, is neither of these. Put simply, Keratoconus is an irregular shaped cornea, where ‘Kerato’ means cornea and ‘Conus’ means cone. If monitored and managed correctly, Keratoconus is a treatable condition.

The emphasis here is on monitoring. Because Keratoconus is a progressive disease of the cornea, it happens slowly, often from a young age and it therefore will have the best prognosis if the progression is monitored and stopped. It is also a hereditary disease, so it is crucial to take the whole family for a test if someone in it is diagnosed with Keratoconus, so that everyone’s progression can be dealt with immediately.

What happens to the eye with Keratoconus?

With Keratoconus, the cornea becomes thin and bulges outward, causing it to be irregular. This irregularity causes an inability to see clearly out of glasses and contact lenses. This mostly happens when you have a high amount of astigmatism (when the eyeball is not completely spherical) in the eye. The best a