Are People with Colored Eyes More Prone to Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive and often bilateral eye disease characterized by thinning and distortion of the cornea. The progressive nature of the disease can lead to severe vision loss in later stages. Aside from the consequences of the disease, research into its causes has been ongoing for years. Despite all the research, the causes of keratoconus are not fully understood, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental and biochemical factors. Could eye color be one of these risk factors? In particular, are individuals with colored eyes more prone to develop keratoconus?

Keratoconus and Risk Factors

Several risk factors play a role in the development of keratoconus. These factors include genetic predisposition, eye rubbing habits, allergic conditions and some systemic diseases.

However, there is not enough scientific data on the effect of eye color on keratoconus. Although some studies suggest that eye color may predispose to different eye diseases, it is difficult to reach a clear conclusion specific to keratoconus.

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Existing Research and Findings

Studies examining the relationship between keratoconus and eye color are limited, and existing research has yielded conflicting results. Some studies suggest that individuals with light-colored eyes are more vulnerable to UV radiation and therefore may be at increased risk of keratoconus, while other studies have not found such a link.

This suggests that eye color is not an important factor in the development of keratoconus. It should be noted that definitive findings have not been reached.

Conclusion and Recommendations

Genetic predisposition, environmental factors and individual habits play a more decisive role in the development of keratoconus than eye color.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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