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What happens if keratoconus is not treated?

What happens if keratoconus is not treated?

Untreated keratoconus can lead to permanent vision loss. The changes to the cornea make it difficult for the eye to focus with or without eyeglasses or standard soft contact lenses.

What can keratoconus lead to?

Advanced keratoconus also may cause your cornea to become scarred, particularly where the cone is most prominent. A scarred cornea causes worsening vision problems and may require cornea transplant surgery.

What is the last stage of keratoconus?

Severe Keratoconus In this final stage, corneal distortion is dramatic, and corneal thinning and scarring are substantial. Patients in this last stage will have a reduction in contact lens tolerance and will find it very hard to find a comfortable pair of rigid gas-permeable lenses.

Is keratoconus a serious disease?

Keratoconus itself is not considered a disability, but the visual loss caused by the disease may be severe enough to qualify as a disability. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Do not hesitate to book an appointment with Dr Pillai if you’re worried about your eyesight.

Can you go blind from keratoconus?

Can You Go Blind from Keratoconus? Although keratoconus can progress rapidly in the beginning, it rarely causes blindness. Most people develop this condition during puberty. First, there may only be myopia and astigmatism, but this can rapidly evolve into severely reduced and distorted vision.

Can I live a normal life with keratoconus?

The good news is that it does not have to be this way and that patients with keratoconus can go on to live normal lives just like any other person with good sight. You just need the proper treatment in order to get good vision back.

Does keratoconus get worse with age?

Symptoms often start during puberty and get worse until about age 40. You may not know you have this disorder unless your eye care provider does special tests. Later, your vision may get much worse. Your provider may evaluate you for keratoconus if your vision is worsening more than expected.

What does advanced keratoconus look like?

Symptoms of Advanced Keratoconus Keratoconus is characterized by a cone-shaped bulge in the cornea that can cause blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and mild eye irritation in the early stages of the disease. As the condition progresses, patients often report more severe symptoms.

Is keratoconus considered a disability?

Is Keratoconus a Disability? Keratoconus eye disease could cause loss of visual acuity that is severe enough to be considered a disability. Keratoconus is not a disability, but vision loss caused by keratoconus may be severe enough to qualify as a disability.

Is keratoconus a disability?

Are keratoconus patients legally blind?

Keratoconus does not typically lead to complete blindness but patients can lose vision to a point where they are legally blind or have low vision. This happens in a small percentage of cases.

Are you legally blind if you have keratoconus?

Does keratoconus qualify as a disability?