The following article addresses the questions of whether “eye-rubbing” behavior can lead to the ocular condition known as keratoconus. Our optometrist has extensive experience in treating this condition. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and to find out what options are available.
Keratoconus is an ocular disease affecting the clear outer covering of the eye responsible for focusing light on the retina. With this condition, the cornea gradually thins and bulges outward, leading to a conical shape and impaired vision. In addition to genetic factors, trauma can also play a role.
Studies show that trauma may cause or aggravate this disorder. One common behavior associated with this condition is vigorous eye-rubbing, particularly with the hard, bony, section of the knuckles. Eye-rubbing may also be indicative of an infection or some other condition. In such instances, in addition to the underlying medical issue, eye-rubbing may contribute to the onset of keratoconus.
If you are excessively rubbing your eyes, make an effort to cease the behavior, which by itself is a sign of possible trauma to the eye. Contact an optometrist to schedule an appointment. Other symptoms of keratoconus include: distorted vision, blurred vision, seeing streaks or trails when looking at lights, and problems with glare
Keratoconus treatment varies depending on severity, ranging from corrective contact lenses and glasses to cross-linking surgery, and in severe cases with corneal transplants. Contact lenses are sometimes necessary post surgery.
Stop rubbing your eyes. In addition to causing trauma and being linked to keratoconus, it can also spread infections and cause other types of trauma such as ruptured eye vessels. If there is a foreign body irritating the eye, rubbing may cause corneal abrasion or laceration.
Eye rubbing has been linked with this eye disease which affects the cornea’s shape causing distorted and impaired vision. Although it looks harmless, the damage caused by eye-rubbing is real. It can be an indication of a more serious complication, and may ultimately lead to this condition. If you are excessively rubbing your eye, please try to stop doing it, and contact an optometrist to schedule an appointment. To schedule an eye exam, please reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.