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Symptoms and complaints keratoconus

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an eye condition that usually develops in the teenage years. But the disease can also start in early childhood or up to about age 30. Changes in the shape of the cornea normally occur gradually. In keratoconus, the cornea has a different shape and does not have a beautiful spherical shape, but the bulb is slumped and sometimes even cone-shaped. The cause is an abnormal structure of the corneal tissue, causing it to lose its firmness. This condition usually occurs in both eyes, but is most pronounced in one high. Because the cornea is the main refractive medium of the eye, this deviation from keratoconus has major consequences for vision.

Symptoms of Keratoconus

Below is an overview of symptoms that can occur to a greater or lesser extent with keratoconus:

  • Headaches and general eye pain
  • Eye irritation: Excessive rubbing of the eyes, leading to eye irritation, is a common symptom in patients with keratoconus
  • Abrupt change of vision in one eye
  • Double vision with one eye: experience double vision when you only have one eye open
  • Greater sensitivity to light and light sources. So a greater sensitivity than usual
  • Objects that look indistinct both near and far: blurred vision is one of the earliest signs of Keratoconus
  • Light sources, such as car lamps, show a halo (circle of light): especially when driving in traffic at night, you see a halo-like ring shining around the light
  • Tired eyes: You find yourself having to strain your eyes to see things at a distance. That’s something you didn’t have to worry about before. Difficulty seeing also explains the headache again.

In case of keratoconus symptoms go to the ophthalmologist

Do you notice that you have one or more symptoms of keratoconus? Then it is advisable to go to the ophthalmologist for a check-up. Even if you are in doubt, it is wise to do so. Keratoconus is usually discovered too late. And the earlier you notice it, the better the symptoms can be managed with visual aids, such as special scleral lenses or special keratoconus lenses.

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