Keratoconus Myths & Misconceptions
Keratoconus is a serious eye condition that progressively changes the shape of the cornea and causes it to thin and bulge. This eye condition can alter your vision to the point that it interferes with your day-to-day life.
There are many myths and misconceptions around keratoconus and its treatment. Find out the truth about keratoconus before starting any treatment for the condition.
Myth: Keratoconus results in blindness
Truth: While keratoconus changes the shape of the cornea to the extent that vision may deteriorate, it does not cause total blindness. However, keratoconus can cause significant vision loss that could make it difficult to perform regular activities.
Myth: Contact lenses can prevent the progression of keratoconus
Truth: There is a misconception that once a patient starts wearing contact lenses, the progression of keratoconus will stop. This is not true. While contact lenses improve visual clarity, they do not offer a permanent solution for keratoconus. Also, contact lenses that are poorly fitted may worsen the condition.
Myth: Only young people are diagnosed with keratoconus
Truth: While keratoconus usually develops in people under the age of 30, some people are diagnosed in their 40s and 50s.
Now that you know the truth about keratoconus, contact The Scleral Lens and Keratoconus Center at Pacific Rims Optometry to discuss the best way to manage the condition.Our practice serves patients from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Mateo, California and surrounding communities.