This condition involves the cornea, or the clear window at the front of the eye. It is a non inflammatory condition leading to thinning of the cornea. This process of thinning over time leads to the development of a buldge, or protrusion of the cornea. As a result the eye ends up having difficulty focusing on objects both at distance and near. It is most commonly diagnosed in teenagers and has a propensity to progress in early 20s.The degrees of presentations vary as do the levels of visual handicap.
Keratoconus in early stages is best addressed by prescribing spectacles. Later in its progression rigid contact lenses are fitted of various complexity in an attempt to round off the surface of the eye and enable it to see.
Other approaches aimed at stabilizing the cornea are Lamellar Cross linking procedures. This process is meant to make the cornea more rigid or less elastic, thus more stable and less likely to protrude forwards and bulge.We will offer some guidance in this respect should you have more questions.
Finally grafting the cornea is the last option. Adelaide (South Australia) has a world class corneal registry, pioneering the techniques in handling corneal grafts. We can guide you through the process and advise on suitability.
We can provide you with advice regarding all these techniques.