What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a degenerative disorder that is sometimes hereditary. The cornea, normally shaped like a soccer ball, becomes weakened, and bulges out to become shaped like a cone or rugby ball. Sadly, this leads to blurred vision with an increase in light-sensitivity that is hard to improve with glasses or routine soft contact lenses.
Keratoconus often starts in puberty and worsens over time. If left undiagnosed and untreated, the advanced disease may eventually require a corneal transplant. As this is something best avoided, it’s important to diagnose and treat keratoconus early.