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How Is Keratoconus Treated?
Only a doctor experienced in treating eye problems can
recommend the right treatment for someone with keratoconus.
Treatment usually starts with new eyeglasses, and then contact
lenses are recommended. These will correct the vision problems
caused by keratoconus.
Keratoconus changes vision in two ways:
As the cornea changes from a ball shape to a cone shape,
the smooth surface also becomes slightly wavy. This is
called irregular astigmatism .
As the front of the cornea expands, the eye becomes more
nearsighted . That is, only nearby objects can be seen
clearly. Anything too far away will look like a blur.
New eyeglasses can usually make vision clear again in mild cases
of keratoconus. Eventually, though, it will probably be
necessary to use contact lenses. Rigid lenses are used most
frequently in keratoconus patients.