What is Keratoconus?

What is it?

Keratoconus is an eye condition where the front layer of the eye (the cornea) thins, which causes it to become shaped like a cone rather than round. It usually starts in adolescence and gets worse until the early 20s. Maori and Pacific Island populations are at a higher risk, as are those with allergy or a family history of the condition.

What does it do?

The changing shape of the cornea causes vision to become blurry. In early keratoconus a ...

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What is Macular Degeneration?

What is it?

Macular degeneration is a condition that affects central vision as the delicate tissues in the eye age. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in the developed world. One in seven people over 50 years of age will develop macular degeneration, and while there is a genetic component, age is the biggest risk factor.

What does it do?

In the early or “dry” stage, deposits under the retina distort the central vision which can make things blurry or ...

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that causes progressive vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve (the cable that carries information from the eye to the brain). In an eye with glaucoma, the optic nerve is sensitive to the pressure in the eye, which leads to the fibres in the nerve being damaged.

What does it do?

This nerve damage causes peripheral vision to be lost, eventually leading to tunnel vision then complete blindness ...

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What is High Myopia?

What is it?

Myopia, or short sightedness, is when the eye grows to be too long, causing blurry distance vision. High myopia is the term used for severe short-sightedness. Myopia tends to get worse year after year while we are growing, so children and young adults are the most likely to develop high myopia. In high myopia, the eyeball grows so large that it can be damaged and can lead to vision loss.

What does it do?

High myopia causes the eye and ...

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Why should I get regular eye tests in Hamilton?

Regular eye examinations are essential to make sure you receive any treatment you might need in a timely manner. Sometimes people aren’t even aware they have an eye condition that requires treatment.

Keratoconus and regular eye tests

This patient has the eye condition keratoconus which can cause severely reduced vision if not treated appropriately, due to thinning and steepening of the front of the eye.

 

Because they came in for regular appointments and monitoring, we were able to refer them for a fully ...

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