At what age is keratoconus seen?

Keratoconus is one of the eye diseases that adversely affects people’s lives and is increasing in severity. This disease, in which the shape of the cornea deteriorates and the cornea becomes thinner, can manifest itself with symptoms ranging from blurred vision to various light sensitivities. In our previous content, we have provided information about the symptoms and causes of the disease. Our topic today is a little different. This time, we will provide information about the ages at which this disease occurs. At what ages does keratoconus occur and what are the risk factors? Let’s move on to the details.

The disease can start at a young age

Keratoconus is an eye condition that usually occurs during adolescence or early adulthood (between the ages of 10 and 25). During this age range, the cornea is still in the process of developing and therefore the symptoms of keratoconus may become more pronounced. But of course, we can also see this disease in different age ranges. It can also occur in childhood or old age. When we think about it like this, we cannot say that it is a distinct period disease like cataracts.

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What are the Risk Factors?

Apart from the age at which it occurs, it is important to consider the symptoms and especially the risk factors. The main risk factors that contribute to the development of keratoconus are listed below.

  • Family History: Individuals with a family history of keratoconus have a higher risk of developing the disease. Genetic factors are thought to play a role in the development of this disease.
  • Eye Friction: Constant rubbing or friction of the eyes can lead to corneal thinning and deformity. This may be more common in people who play certain sports intensively or in those who need to rub their eyes frequently due to certain eye problems.
  • Eye Diseases: Some eye diseases or eye injuries can also increase the risk of keratoconus.


Keratoconus is an eye disease that usually occurs at a young age and causes the cornea to become misshapen. This disease can be managed with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. However, regular eye examinations and awareness of risk factors are important. If signs of keratoconus are noticed, it is important to seek professional help from an ophthalmologist.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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