Do Contact Lenses Stop the Progression of Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a disease that can be approached in stages. Depending on the condition of the person’s eye and the progression of the disease, we can talk about initial or advanced stages. Different treatment solutions are preferred for patients in the initial stages compared to those in advanced stages. With different stages and different treatment methods, understandably patients can get confused. One of the methods causing confusion is the use of contact lenses. Especially the question “Do contact lenses stop the progression of keratoconus?” can confuse people. Let’s give the answer to this question in simple terms.

Do Contact Lenses Stop the Progression of Keratoconus?

Let’s start by answering the question upfront. Contrary to popular belief, contact lenses do not stop or prevent the progression of the disease. It’s important to note that the purpose of using contact lenses for keratoconus is not to stop its progression.

In the early stage or initial phase, contact lenses may be preferred to improve the person’s visual acuity. Furthermore, for patients in the intermediate and advanced stages, rigid gas permeable contact lenses can be chosen to achieve satisfactory visual acuity.


For patients who are unable to wear contact lenses, whose condition has stabilized, and who are suitable candidates, intraocular lens implantation procedures focused on correcting vision can also be performed. If the patient’s eye is suitable, this solution, when chosen, can also be considered as a step towards improving vision.

In Conclusion: Unfortunately, using contact lenses does not stop or prevent the progression of keratoconus. They are more preferred and used to improve vision. Of course, factors such as whether the disease is still progressing are also crucial. The decision will be made by the patient along with the specialist doctor. After a specialist doctor’s examination, a decision will be made regarding the use of contact lenses for your eyes.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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