Keratoconus refers to the alterations in the shape of the corneal layer. Normally, the cornea is a thin, dome-shaped layer covering the eyes' front surface, which gradually thins and bulges outwards into a cone shape. It usually involves both the eyes but often affects one eye more than the other. These changes in the corneal layer affect the vision and cause several problems such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and other eye problems. The vision problems are corrected using glasses or contact lenses in the early stages.

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What can cause blurry image, itchy eyes, and headache?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having lots of trouble with my eyes lately. Reading glasses are not helping me. Everything has begun to get blurred. I have noticed that I have been rubbing my eyes a lot and I have been getting headaches. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Actually, there are many causes of decreased vision and itching for which you need to rub your eyes.Please answer a few questions. Since how long you are using glasses? When you had your last refraction?Do you have any eye allergy, itching, watering or redness that get wo...  Read Full »

I have increased cylindrical power in both eyes with ghosting and double vision. Is this a symptom of keratoconus?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 29-year-old male. Recently I had a change in my cylindrical power from -0.75 D (right) and -1 D (left) to -1.25 D in both eyes. I am myopic, and my spherical power has remained the same for a long. However, I noticed ghosting, and double vision, especially during low light and co...  Read Full »

Dr. Sheikh Zubair Abdul Razzak

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have seen your reports (attachments removed to protect the patients identity) on the axial length and the corneal topography pachymetry. If increasing the cylindrical power helps reduce the ghost images, then you can d...  Read Full »

My friend has been diagnosed with keratoconus and was recommended a surgical procedure. Is surgery necessary?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend visited an ophthalmologist for itchy eyes and slightly blurry vision. She has been diagnosed with keratoconus and acute allergic conjunctivitis in both eyes. I have attached the reports and the scans. The doctor has recommended a surgical procedure for the keratoconus. I wish...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I looked at her corneal topography report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Certain factors need to be considered in her case. But please note that as I have not examined her on the slit lamp...  Read Full »

I took a corneal topography for an issue in my right eye. Please help me interpret it.

Query: Hi doctor.I need help in reading my corneal topography result. Do I have keratoconus, and if yes, how bad is it? What does the 80 % normal mean? Can you please explain each number in the chart? Lastly, what are my treatment options?My right eye hurts every morning I wake up. I started seeing the dou...  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to numbers on your keratotopography signify the thickness and the geometry of the cornea, meaning if the corneal surface is usually quite spherical in all its aspects, any areas with increased thickness in comparison to the other areas of that cornea are considered an ...  Read Full »

I have keratoconus in both eyes. Kindly advise on my planning for pregnancy.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 years old. I got my eyes checked recently and came to know that I am suffering from keratoconus. Both my eyes are damaged. I got my right eye treated and left yet to be done. I have done research on keratoconus and came to know that the cause of this disorder is unknown, but ...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Keratoconus is a genetic disease, and it depends on both the parents. As you did not show any inheritance, there may be chances that your kids will not show it. Moreover, your husband does not have it, so you are on a safer side. But there is...  Read Full »

Is continuous pressured feeling in the head with headache indicative of brain tumor?

Query: Hi doctor, For three years, I have been having vertigo and unsteadiness symptoms. I went to see different doctors and ENT specialists who ran many tests and did not find anything, they put this on account of stress and anxiety. I kept having periodical moments where my vertigo and unsteadiness is h...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some further details about headache and other symptoms: 1) Since when you started to have these headaches? How many years? Did it start only six years ago or used to occur before also? 2) In which part of the head you feel headaches? (You can a...  Read Full »

Will CXL raise intraocular pressure?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my CXL procedure done for my right eye one month ago, and my vision is even worst than before. I was prescribed Tobradex (Tobramycin) eye drops a day thrice. My IOP, when recently checked, was raised to 30.5, and I am labeled as a steroid responder. Therefore, my medication is chan...  Read Full »

Dr. Hussein Mohamed Sherif Ahmed Ayoub

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are you a keratoconus patient? For what reason did you get CXL (corneal cross-linking) done? Tobradex (Tobramycin) is a very weak steroid antibiotic combination. You have not taken much of it, even if you are a responder to steroids. That would be odd to have this I...  Read Full »

I have glaucoma during pregnancy. Will labor pressure cause damage to my eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, I had keratoconus and started developing glaucoma. My eyes are really weak, and my right eye is at its thinnest point. I will upload reports from my doctor. I am pregnant and scared labor pressure. Will it cause any harm to my eyes? What is your opinion? I am on Euthyrox 25 for underactiv...  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The condition is really bad in your right eye (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Use scleral lenses till hydrops is resolved and pregnancy ends. For further information consult an eye care ophthalmologist online -->  Read Full »

How long to continue the eye drops after CXL eye surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 12 years old. She has undergone CXL surgery before a month. Due to pandemics, it is impossible to consult a doctor. After undergoing surgery, she uses Vigamox ophthalmic solution IP 0.5% three times a day and Carboxymethylcellulose eye drops IP five times a day. Is this ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to CXL (corneal cross-linking) surgery is done for keratoconus. Usually, antibiotic drops are given for four to six weeks and so you can continue using Vigomax (Moxifloxacin) two to three times a day for six weeks. Lubricant or artificial tears can be used for the long...  Read Full »

Does wearing glasses help to provide better vision for high myopic astigmatism?

Query: Hello, I visited my ophthalmologist and he didnt see anything wrong with my vision, but I, 16 years old who only suffers of myopia and astigmatism, have a very bad vision and difficulties to read just from 50 cm. This is what he wrote: Right eye 8/10 S +0,25 C -4.50 Ax 175 Left eye 8/10 S +0,25 C...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi Welcome to icliniq. Your prescription shows you have High Myopic Astigmatism. Your ophthalmologist must have examined your eyes properly..Usually glasses prescriptions can changr upto age of 20-21 yrs so before that age no Laser procedure is done to get rid from glasses. So you need to wear gla...  Read Full »

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