Please note that the information on this website will not replace an individual medical checkup. Nevertheless, we would like to inform you about the disorder and your therapeutic options.
Dr. Laszlo Kiraly (MD) has conducted UVA crosslinking (corneal crosslinking) since 2007 and successfully treated hundreds of patients since then.
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a corneal disorder which is usually inherent. The inheritance is known (autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive).
What changes in the eye and in particular at the cornea?
A cellular corneal defect causes the thinning in this area which in turn leads to the cornea's change of shape: the usually rather round cornea assumes a conical shape.
When does the disorder first start?
The disorder usually starts during adolescence. The first symptoms often occur in the early adult years. The patients then notice a change of their glasses, but especially the increase of their astigmatism. It is of highest importance to detect the disorder as soon as possible to prevent a further loss of visual acuity.
Are both eyes affected by the disorder?
Yes, this disorder usually affects both eyes, so it is crucial to have both eyes examined even if only one eye is affected hitherto.
How prevalent is keratoconus?
About 1 in 2,000 people is affected by keratoconus even though regional variations were discovered with the disorder occurring in larger numbers in the mediterrean region.
How can the eye doctor detect the disorder?
When your eyes are examined with a slit lamp – a microscope – iron accumulations in the cornea (Fleischer ring) – Vogt's striae – and in progressed cases even corneal cloudings are visible.
Can it be diagnosed early?
Yes! Very precise images of the cornea's front and backside can be made with modern instruments such as the Pentacam HR with appropriate special modules. Different indices and formulas enable the subsequent risk estimation or classification of keratoconus. A progression can also be identified during follow-up examinations.