Eye Conditions and Treatment

Keratoconus is treated in the Contact Lens Service and the Cornea Service


Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the shape of the cornea becomes distorted. The cornea is a clear structure that covers the front of the eye and allows light to enter the eye. In a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome. In an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea slowly thins and bulges, so that it sags and has a cone shape.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Decreased vision
  • Worsening nearsightedness
  • Sudden swelling (hydrops)
 

Treatment and Prevention

  • Glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Corneal transplant
  • PROSE: Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem Treatment Guide

Eye Facts logo linkFor a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan for keratoconus, see Keratoconus Eye Facts.