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Keratoconus

Keratoconus: Introduction

Keratoconus: This disorder--a progressive thinning of the cornea--is the most common corneal dystrophy in the U.S., affecting one in every ... more about Keratoconus.

Keratoconus: A rare degenerative eye disorder where the corneas of the eye become progressively thinner and cone-shaped which affects vision. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Keratoconus is available below.

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This disorder--a progressive thinning of the cornea--is the most common corneal dystrophy in the U.S., affecting one in every 2000 Americans. It is more prevalent in teenagers and adults in their 20s. Keratoconus arises when the middle of the cornea thins and gradually bulges outward, forming a rounded cone shape. This abnormal curvature changes the cornea's refractive power, producing moderate to severe distortion (astigmatism) and blurriness (nearsightedness) of vision. Keratoconus may also cause swelling and a sight-impairing scarring of the tissue. (Source: excerpt from Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI)

Definitions of Keratoconus:

A noninflammatory, usually bilateral protrusion of the cornea, the apex being displaced downward and nasally. It occurs most commonly in females at about puberty. The cause is unknown but hereditary factors may play a role. The -conus refers to the cone shape of the corneal protrusion. (From Dorland, 27th ed) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Abnormal cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea of the eye; can be treated by epikeratophakia - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Keratoconus is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Keratoconus, or a subtype of Keratoconus, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

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