Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Keratoconus
Keratoconus is an eye disease that causes progressive thinning of
the central cornea (the clear "window" of the eye). This gives the cornea a
cone-shaped appearance and leads to blurred vision.
Keratoconus is a hereditary condition that first appears in the
late teen years.
If you have keratoconus, contact lenses can provide good vision and
allow you to avoid corrective surgery for many years.
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.