Help us work out how to cure keratoconus this ChristmasNovember 13, 2014
“In the back of my mind, there is always this fear that the keratoconus in my right eye may get worse and I could go blind. That’s bloody scary,” says 26-year-old Rob Kfoury.
Keratoconus breaks down and thins the normally dome-shaped cornea – the clear front surface of the eye, causing it to bulge and become cone-shaped, and can lead to significant vision loss.
Unlike many better known eye diseases, like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, keratoconus tends to strike during adolescence. And, as you can imagine, this can have a colossal impact on someone’s life.
Researchers at the Centre for Eye Research Australia have proved that a collagen treatment administered to the cornea is effective for stabilising keratoconous to make sure the patient’s vision does not keep getting worse.
That’s a start.
It offers relief from constant worry for the patient. But it doesn’t restore vision that has been lost, and it can’t prevent the disease being passed on to the next generation. We need to do a lot more research.
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Your donation will help unravel the causes of keratoconus, discover better treatments and eventually, find a cure – giving more people like Robert real hope for the future.