What would it be like to have a degenerative disease of the cornea? Ultimately resulting in the need for a corneal transplant, keratoconus (KC) breaks down and thins the corneal tissue until vision is impacted in major ways.
by Gary G. Abud, Jr.<br />Pictures courtesy of www.kcvision.org<br />Keratoconus<br />
Keratoconus<br />KC is a progressive and degenerative disease of the cornea<br />Vision is affected in several ways simultaneously, including ghosting, blurring, double vision, and a haloing effect<br />Both genetic factors and mechanical strain have been hypothesized to lead to the disease<br />Course of treatment varies from mild KC (glasses) to moderate KC (special contact lenses) to severe KC (transplantation of cornea, in part or whole)<br />
Treatment Success<br />The success of any form of treatment depends on the progression of the disease<br />Corneal transplantation, although highly successful, is reserved for the more severe cases<br />The transplanted cornea, once fully healed, can give rise to vastly improved vision compared to pre-transplantation keratoconus vision<br />Many new techniques in transplantation and contact lens fitting make treating keratoconus much more manageable <br />