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Keratoconus


Synonyms of Keratoconus
  • Conical Cornea
  • KC

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye (ocular) condition characterized by progressive changes of the shape of the cornea. The cornea is the thin-walled, dome-shaped transparent region forming the front of the eyeball; it serves as a protective covering and helps to focus or bend (refract) light waves onto the retina at the back of the eye. In those with Keratoconus, slowly progressive thinning of the cornea causes it to protrude forward in a conical shape, leading to blurry vision and other vision problems. Keratoconus often begins at puberty. Although the specific underlying cause of the condition is unknown, investigators indicate that genetic factors may play some role. In addition, in some cases, Keratoconus may occur in association with a variety of other disorders.
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    Organizations related to Keratoconus
    • Cornea Research Foundation of America
      9002 North Meridian Street
      Indianapolis IN 46260
      Phone #: 317-844-5610
      800 #: 800-317-3937
      e-mail: elainevoci@cornea.org
      Home page: http://www.cornea.org
    • Corneal Dystrophy Foundation
      6066 McAbee Rd.
      San Jose CA 95120
      Phone #: 866-807-8965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: exedir@cornealdystrophyfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.cornealdystrophyfoundation.org
    • Eye Bank Association of America
      1015 18th Street, NW
      Washington DC 20036
      Phone #: 202-775-4999
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@restoresite.org
      Home page: http://www.restoresight.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Eye Institute
      Building 31 Rm 6A32
      Bethesda MD 20892-2510
      Phone #: 301-496-5248
      800 #: --
      e-mail: 2020@nei.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.nei.nih.gov/
    • National Association for Visually Handicapped
      22 West 21st Street
      New York NY 10010
      Phone #: 212-889-3141
      800 #: --
      e-mail: staff@navh.org
      Home page: http://www.navh.org
    • National Keratoconus Foundation
      6222 Wilshire Blvd.
      Los Angeles CA 90048
      Phone #: 310-623-4466
      800 #: 800-521-2524
      e-mail: info@nkcf.org
      Home page: http://www.nkcf.org



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html

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