In a shocking reveal, Steph Curry announced that he has been plagued by blurry vision for some time now. Steph Curry has keratoconus, an eye condition that that has affected his vision and shooting.
You might be asking, what is keratoconus? Here are 10 important facts about keratoconus.
#1: Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disease
Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disease which affects the front of the eye, specifically the cornea. The front of the eye begins to thin out, causing a cone-like shape to form. This is the reason for Steph Curry’s blurry vision.
#2: Keratoconus tends to run in the family
This eye condition has been shown to run in the family and has some hereditary component. It is recommended to have your family members checked for the eye condition if it has been diagnosed to a family member.
#3: The eye condition can get worse over time
Keratoconus is progressive in nature, and can get worse as a person ages. It can stop at any stage, or keep progressing.
#4: There is no cure for keratoconus
As of now, there is no cure for this condition. Keratoconus can be treated and managed, but treatment is usually aimed at improving a person’s vision or slowing the progression of the disease.
#5: Eye rubbing is connected to this condition
Eye rubbing has been found to be closely associated with Keratoconus. It is unknown whether eye rubbing causes this condition, or if increased eye rubbing is a result of having this condition.
#6: Treatment usually involves hard contact lenses
Specialty hard contact lenses or RGP contacts is a common way to improve a person’s vision who has Keratoconus. This is most likely the type of contacts that Steph Curry is wearing to improve his vision.
#7: There are ways to slow down the progression
There are procedures that have been shown to slow the progression of this degenerative eye condition. A common procedure to slow the progression is called corneal crosslinking. This procedure uses riboflavin and UV light to strengthen the cornea.
#8: A corneal transplant may be needed in later stages
In later stages, a corneal transplant may recommended, due to the deterioration of vision. This condition is progressive, and can cause the front of the eye to deteriorate to the point that a corneal transplant is needed.
#9: Early detection is the key
With any eye condition, early detection is beneficial. Once the condition is diagnosed, treatment and management can begin. A person can live a very normal life with this condition when treated properly.
#10: Your Optometrist can check for keratoconus
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