Keratoconus Symptoms: Signs that you may be suffering with Keratoconus
Keratoconus symptoms begin with the part of your eye called the cornea. This is the front of our eye which enables us to focus on objects. This is normally held in position by protein fibres called collagen. If the fibres become weak, the cornea can start to thin and change shape. Eventually, the cornea will bulge outwards.
Keratoconus affects 1 in 2000 people.
The Early Signs of Keratoconus
Should you have Keratoconus, you will probably start to experience some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Distorted vision – as the shape of your cornea changes, vision becomes blurred. This is due to the light rays not hitting the retina as they used to. Both near and distance vision is affected.
- You may start to see “ghost” images, or see several images when you are looking at one image.
- Your ability to see in reduced light will not be as good as it was. Subsequently, you will struggle to see low light conditions.
- You may also find your sensitivity to light increases. So bright sources of light may cause discomfort. Sunlight, fluorescent light and incandescent light will be hard to tolerate. You may experience headaches unless you can control the light source, and you will probably need to squint.
- You will notice a general loss of vision in one eye and you might start to “see double”.
Keratoconus usually starts in one eye but normally affects both eyes. Although the shape of your eye is changing, it is not noticeable to the naked eye. Instead, it can only be diagnosed by professionals using specialist equipment.
Keratoconus may run in the family
There is evidence to show that keratoconus runs in families, so if you or another member has it, then your children may develop it too. Typically, it affects 10-25 year olds, so regular eye tests are advisable especially for this age group. It can develop later in life as well.
Keratoconus is not the end
If you are unlucky enough to have Keratoconus it is not the end of your eyesight as there are several treatments available. These range from contact lenses to using Cross-linking and INTACS to treat Keratoconus. In the very early stages, a good pair of glasses and contact lenses can restore your vision to what it was.
If you feel you may have Keratoconus, schedule a consultation with AVC. We can check your eyesight and if you do have it, we can go through the treatment options available to you. Our surgeons are specialised in all types of eye surgery and are considered to be among the finest in the world.