What is Keratoconus?

Today we're delving into a topic that Dr. Babakhan recently discussed with a patient: keratoconus. This condition primarily affects the cornea—the clear, dome-shaped surface at the front of your eye.

In keratoconus, a specific area of your cornea starts to thin. As a result of the internal eye pressure, this thinned-out portion begins to bulge forward. The outcome? Blurred vision and glare. If you've noticed increased light sensitivity, keratoconus might be the culprit.

When Does It Usually Occur?

From my experience, keratoconus generally starts affecting individuals during their puberty years. Unfortunately, it tends to worsen progressively over time. Though it usually affects both eyes, it often impacts one eye more than the other.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

  • Blurred Vision: The most common symptom you'll notice.
  • Glare: Bright lights may appear to halo.
  • Light Sensitivity: Increased discomfort in bright lighting conditions.
  • Distorted Vision: Straight lines may appear wavy or bent.
  • Frequent Prescription Changes: Needing to change your eyeglass or contact prescription often.
  • Difficulty Driving at Night: Reduced vision can make nighttime driving especially challenging.
  • Eye Strain or Irritation: Your eyes may feel strained or irritated, often described as a "gritty" feeling.
  • Double Vision: Seeing multiple images instead of a single, clear one, particularly in one eye.

Is It Common?

Given the recent findings from the Gutenberg Health Study, with a prevalence of keratoconus now estimated to be 1 in 200 among Caucasians, it's now likely that over 650,000 Americans, within just the Caucasian population in the United States, could be affected by keratoconus.

Take Action: What To Do If You Suspect Keratoconus

If you've been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, particularly if they're worsening, don't hesitate to schedule an eye exam. Early diagnosis can help slow the progression of the disease through various treatment options, such as specialty contact lenses or corneal cross-linking.

Remember, we'll be sharing more videos and information about keratoconus, so keep an eye out for those.

Feel free to schedule an eye exam if you're experiencing any visual symptoms or have concerns about keratoconus. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference in managing this condition.

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