How to suspect Keratoconus?
- Nearsightedness- Also known as myopia, this is the inability to see distant objects clearly i.e. Road signs or billboards, whereas your ability to read a paper or computer screen clearly is preserved. Due to the inability to focus light myopia is a hallmark feature in keratoconus.
- Astigmatism –This is the blurring of vision at all distances. The light focused through the eye fail to come to a single focus on the retina which can be compared to the antenna of a television. If the antenna does not receive a clear focus signal the television becomes blurred as is the case in astigmatism.
- Glare & Flare- due to the disturbances in the amount of light entering the cornea, individuals with keratoconus tend to experience high sensitivity to bright lights, especially at night time. This becomes a significant problem for those who drive at night, as due to the excessive glare of street lights and the lights of incoming vehicles the eyes tend to get tired easily leading to the risk of driving without accurate sight.
- Frequent changes in lens prescriptions – this is the commonest reason why Keratoconus is detected. Patients tend to notice that they have to change prescriptions for normal spectacles more frequently as they experience blurred and distorted vision even with new spectacles after a short period of time or having to convert to contact lenses as spectacles cannot correct the vision. Upon examination by an Ophthalmologist or skilled Optometrist Keratoconus is detected.
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