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Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that results in visual impairment

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Keratoconus

Discover everything you need to know about keratoconus

Keratoconus is a congenital eye disease in which the cornea becomes increasingly thinned and deformed into a cone. This is a type of astigmatism that increases steadily. As it progresses, you will notice a determination in your vision. In this progressive disease, corneal transplantation is the last resort. In most cases, we can avoid corneal transplant surgery with crosslinking treatment.

No one knows what causes keratoconus. Medical professionals believe that genetic and environmental factors are likely involved. Around 1 in 10 people with keratoconus also have a parent with the condition.

To diagnose keratoconus, we will review your medical and family history and conduct an eye exam. We may conduct other tests to determine more details about the shape of your cornea.

Tests to diagnose keratoconus include:

  • Eye refraction
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Keratometry
  • Computerized corneal mapping
Crosslinking

The so-called crosslinking of the cornea refers to a crosslinking of the fibers for the mechanical stabilization of the corneal tissue. Although this cannot reverse the disease, it can at least stop it in its existing state. In many cases, a slow reduction of the irregular corneal shape is also observed.

Crosslinking involves applying riboflavin drops (vitamin B2) and UV radiation to the eye. This is now a widely used, safe and effective treatment to stop the progression of keratoconus.

UV-riboflavin crosslinking is now a commonly used, safe and effective treatment to stop the progression of keratoconus. Besides the general surgical risks, there are no known side effects or complications with this method so far.

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