Patients and physicians agree that keratoconus, particularly in the initial stages, can be difficult to diagnose. The early signs of keratoconus are usually blurred vision and frequent changes in eye-glass prescription, or vision that cannot be corrected with glasses.[1] However, just because you may recognize some of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you have keratoconus. Many of these symptoms could be attributed to other eye conditions and if you are concerned, should go see your eye care professional for a checkup.

We recently sat down with Dr. Peter Hersh of the Cornea & Laser Eye Institute and he shared his thoughts on detecting early signs of keratoconus and supporting people who have been recently diagnosed.

What is the best method for detecting keratoconus?

Dr. Hersh: Computerized corneal topography analysis at the doctor’s office.

How can we support our family and friends with keratoconus?

Dr. Hersh: Assure that the proper diagnosis and treatment techniques are available. There are many treatments for KC today and we can stabilize most patients.

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[1] http://www.nkcf.org/about-keratoconus/

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