What are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a serious eye condition that occurs when the shape of the cornea is distorted and tapers forward in the healthy eye. The deformity of the cornea causes the light coming into the eye not to be focused in the field of vision as desired, resulting in impaired vision. We have often talked about the treatment and effects of the disease before, but in this article we will talk about a slightly different subject. What are the symptoms of keratoconus? In which cases should patients be suspicious of keratoconus?

The Most Common Keratoconus Symptoms

When we talk about symptoms, we need to consider them in two different ways. The first one is the early stage symptoms. The second one will be the advanced stage symptoms. Early stage symptoms are the symptoms that occur in the early stages when the disease begins to emerge and the shape of the cornea begins to change. In the advanced stage, the deformity has become apparent and the symptoms have also changed.

What are the Symptoms of Keratoconus

Early Stage Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Slightly blurred vision
  • Eye swelling and redness
  • Defective vision in straight lines and images

Symptoms in the Advanced Stage

  • Significant increase in deterioration of vision
  • Increased signs of astigmatism and change in number
  • Increased myopia symptoms and change in number
  • With the growth of the corneal protrusion, contact lenses do not fit properly in the eye
  • Significant change in the shape of the cornea

We can show these types of symptoms among the symptoms of keratoconus. Sometimes these symptoms may be more severe in one eye. If the symptoms appear more frequently in one eye, the patients usually do not think of keratoconus or the patient does not think that the eye condition is keratoconus because he/she is not informed about it.

In order to intervene early, it is important to consult a specialist doctor and undergo a detailed eye examination in such symptoms. The doctor will determine whether the symptoms really reflect keratoconus disease.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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