Keratoglobus

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Keratoglobus is also known as megalocornea.

Keratoglobus is a rare congenital disorder of the eye / visual system in which the whole of the corneas thin and bulge forward.
(That this term concerns the cornea of the eye is indicated by the prefix "kerato-" which refers to the cornea of the eye, also applied to other terms in this section - as listed on the left. That this term concerns "bulging" or "protruding" may be infered from the suffix "-globus", which means "round".)


Keratoglobus is also described as corneal fragility, and as resulting in the affected eyes appearing as 'spherical and slightly enlarged'.

In common with another corneal condition called keratoconus, keratoglobus is usually diagnosed during the patient's teens to 20s and may progress to its most severe condition during the patient's twenties and thirties.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

Other related pages include

For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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