You have been suffering from keratoconus for a long time. You struggle every day with your vision, you find yourself handicapped in your daily life, with a legitimate feeling of injustice. The assertion that keratoconus could have been self-inflicted by eye rubbing may be provocative and shocking to you.
It is natural to greet this revelation with anger, hurt, disappointment or even disbelief.
It is important for you to understand and accept that you are not to blame for your condition. Do not see this as a shift in the responsibility of keratoconus causation into your hands. On the contrary, as part of the Medical and Eye Care community, we as Ophthalmologists feel responsible for not highlighting the negative effects of eye rubbing sufficiently in the past by making the necessary information freely available to the public.
We believe that without specific and salient information about the dangers of eye rubbing, no patient should be blamed for having rubbed his or her eyes. This natural habit can provide relief and a sense of well-being which even doctors and some of the authors of this website have enjoyed.
If you have keratoconus and have been rubbing your eyes, do not despair. It is never too late to stop.