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What will stop my cornea from getting thinner and longer? i have a condition that my cornea is getting thin and long so i would like to know what will stop it from getting worse.

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Dr. Ron Pelton
Facial Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Keratoconus : Keratoconus is degeneration of the structure of the cornea with the shape of the cornea slowly changing from the normal round shape to a cone shape. The cause is unknown, but the tendency to develop keratoconus is probably present from birth. Keratoconus is thought to involve a defect in collagen, the tissue that makes up most of the cornea. As previously stated, there is some data suggesting that allergy and eye rubbing may play a role. Also, there is an association between keratoconus and down syndrome. The earliest symptom is subtle blurring of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses although vision may be corrected to 20/20 with rigid, gas-permeable contact lenses. Most people who develop keratoconus start out nearsighted and the nearsightedness tends to become worse over time. Keratoconus is often discovered during adolescence. It can usually be diagnosed with slit-lamp examination of the cornea. The most accurate test is called corneal topography, which creates a MAP of the curve of the cornea. The cornea is often thinner at the point of the cone and can be measured with a painless test called pachymetry.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
First : First you need to find out for sure if you actually have that progressive disease, or if you just are at risk. If in fact you do, there is a procedure called corneal cross-linking that is in investigative process now. This will be a possible solution for you, but you need to find a cornea specialist in az to perform it for you.
Dr. John Kim
Dr. John Kimanswered
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
It : It appears that you were given this information by an eye doctor. It will be helpful to state exactly what diagnosis were given to you. The most common condition that you describe is keratoconus. This is a condition that tend to progress during your 20's and stabilize in your 30's. Sometimes it can continue to progress into you 40's and 50's. One thing that is common to most patients with this condition is vigorous rubbing of the eye. There is a new experimental treatment that is now available called collegen cross linking. This treatment is only one that is available to stop or slow the progression of keratoconus.

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