Keratoconus is a thinning disorder of the cornea that causes distortion and reduced vision. The normal curvature in the eye becomes cone-like and thins. The cone shape of the cornea deflects the light entering the eye causing the distorted vision.
Keratoconus develops slowly, although in some cases it may occur rapidly. As the cornea becomes irregular it causes nearsightedness and astigmatism creating further visual problems. It may also cause glare and light sensitivity.
Keratoconus is treated by specialty contact lenses, and glasses for mild cases. For more advanced keratoconus, corneal transplant surgery may be necessary.
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