The cornea plays a crucial role in focusing light onto the retina. In individuals with keratoconus, the cornea progressively thins and bulges, taking on a cone-like shape. As a result, vision becomes distorted and blurry, often accompanied by nearsightedness and astigmatism.
Keratoconus doesn’t appear overnight; rather, it develops gradually, usually during adolescence or early adulthood. As the condition progresses, several symptoms become noticeable:
- Blurry and Distorted Vision
- Light Sensitivity
- Prescription Changes
- Halos and Glare
- Eye Strain and Headaches
Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition, but may include
- Eye glasses
- Soft contact lenses
- Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses
- Surgical interventions like collagen cross-linking or corneal transplant
If you suspect you have keratoconus or experience any unusual changes in your vision, it’s crucial to consult an eye doctor. Early diagnosis and appropriate management can make a significant difference in preserving your vision and overall well-being.