Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a bulging of the cornea and occurs in approximately 100,000-150,000 people in the United States.

Symptoms

  • Visual distortion with or without eyeglasses
  • Standard contact lenses do not fit well
  • Approximately 40-50% of Keratoconus patients have allergies. Although allergies may be a contributing factor to having Keratoconus, no studies have confirmed this theory.
  • Magnesium deficiencies are linked to Keratoconus. Alcoholism, pregnancy, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, diuretics and stress can lead to magnesium deficiency. Low magnesium can cause a thinning of elastic membranes, including the cornea.\
  • Genetic disposition

Conventional treatment

Gas permeable contact lenses, fitted by a contact lens specialist, may be used in treatment. If the case of Keratoconus is severe, corneal transplant may be recommended.

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