Keratoconus is a condition in which the shape of the cornea becomes cone-shaped. This generally happens when the cornea becomes thinner due to genetic or environmental reasons, and it causes blurred vision and light sensitivity.
Symptoms of Keratoconus
The following are some of the symptoms of keratoconus:
1. Blurred or distorted vision
2. Light sensitivity
3. Frequent changes in vision
4. Worsening of vision
How is keratoconus treated?
Keratoconus treatment can vary with the progression of the condition. However, in general, here are some of the keratoconus treatment options available:
- Lenses: Certain lenses can be used to change the cornea's shape back to normal. Depending on how thin the cornea is, different types of lenses may be recommended, such as soft contact lenses, hard contact lenses, hybrid lenses, piggyback lenses, or scleral lenses.
- Corneal collagen cross-linking: This is a type of therapy in which the doctor prescribes riboflavin eye drops and ultraviolet light. This strengthens the cornea and prevents the loss of vision.
- Surgery: Surgical intervention in the form of penetrating keratoplasty and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) are also used for keratoconus treatment. The former is a cornea transplant, while the latter is a surgery used to preserve the tissue around the cornea.
Can keratoconus cause blindness?
It is rare for keratoconus to cause blindness as, when the condition does progress to that level, it is treated with the help of a cornea transplant. In some cases, the cornea begins to swell
rapidly due to this condition, leading to a lot of scarring on it (and even around it). This scarring causes significant damage to the functioning of the cornea and can even deteriorate vision. It is at this stage that a transplant is recommended.
In cases where patients cannot get a cornea transplant (due to health conditions making them ineligible for surgeries or financial conditions), blindness can occur. Additionally, if a cornea transplant develops complications (such as the body rejecting the transplant), the chances of becoming blind increase.
Why CFS for keratoconus treatment?
Keratoconus is a serious condition that, when left unchecked, can lead to the progressive loss of vision. This is why you need to head to the leading clinics for keratoconus treatment as soon as you notice symptoms. CFS is one of the top clinics to come to for treatment, as we work with the top experts in the field. Our high-end technology and innovative solutions can ensure that your needs are met efficiently.
Article: Different Keratoconus Treatment Options that are Available in India!
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Dec 08 2021 | UPDATED 11:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his privatecapacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.