“Keratoconus” is a progressive eye disease that causes the normally round cornea to weaken and begin to bulge into a cone-like shape. As a result, keratoconus sufferers experience visual distortions such as ghosting, multiple images, glare, halos, starbursts around lights, and blurred vision. While new treatment options for keratoconus have emerged over the past decade, many people are not diagnosed early enough to take full advantage of them. This led researchers to look at data from health insurance claims, half of which involved patients with keratoconus and half with similar symptoms. They found that men, African-Americans, and Latinos, as well as people with asthma, sleep apnea, or Down syndrome have much higher odds of developing keratoconus and should be screened. The study mentioned above also showed that females, Asian-Americans, and people with diabetes have a lower risk of developing keratoconus.
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