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How Can I Prevent My Keratoconus From Getting Worse?

If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, the most important thing you can do to keep your condition from worsening is to follow the advice your eye doctor gives you regarding best treatment options and follow-up care.


Depending on the specific characteristics of your keratoconus, these treatment options may include being fitted with scleral contact lenses, undergoing a corneal cross-linking procedure, or both.

It's also very important that you refrain from rubbing your eyes. Eye rubbing has been associated with keratoconus getting worse.

And successful management of keratoconus requires frequent and lifelong eye exams to make sure your cornea remains stable and your visual acuity is maintained.

If you are confused or uncertain about the advice you receive from your eye doctor about managing your keratoconus, consider seeking a second opinion from an optometrist or ophthalmologist who is a keratoconus specialist.

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Dr. Gary HeitingAbout the Author: Gary Heiting, OD, is senior editor of AllAboutVision.com. Dr. Heiting has more than 25 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator and consultant to the eyewear industry. His special interests include contact lenses, nutrition and preventive vision care.

Page updated February 2018