What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a progressive condition affecting the cornea of the eye. The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye. It is a curved structure. The precise shape of the curve allows it to act as a lens, projecting an image into the eye.
The cornea is made up of bundles of protein called 'collagen'. These bundles are normally held tightly together by chemical links between the collagen strands. This ensures that the shape of the cornea is constant. In the keratoconic cornea the normal chemical links between collagen strands are deficient, causing the cornea to be unusually elastic.
The pressure inside the eye then pushes the cornea into a distorted, conical shape. Excessive rubbing of the eyes can also worsen the condition This spoils the quality of the image projected into the eye, and the vision becomes progressively blurred.
Before and After Laser Surgery
Before your appointment we need you to please:
- - Not wear your contact lenses at least 3 days before the appointment
- - We will arrange a Pentacam and Oculyzer scan at the Cape Eye Hospital
- - If you know your contact lens script, please bring it with you