Could you be suffering with eye disease keratoconus?

Could you be suffering with eye disease keratoconus?

Published at 11:10am 4th July 2019. (Updated at 9:26am 5th July 2019)

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One local optometrists have been helping sufferers of progressive eye disease keratoconus with specialist contact lenses.

  • Christopher Nixon Optometrists in Starbeck can restore the vision of patients with keratoconus, among other eye conditions, through specialist lenses.
  • Keratoconus affects 1 in 450 people and causes distorted vision as a result of the cornea growing thinner.
  • Harrogate DJ Germayne Woodley told Stray FM how the optometrists created a contact lens to help correct distortion in his vision caused by the progressive eye disease.

Harrogate DJ Germayne Woodley visited Christopher Nixon Optometrist after his vision became distorted over time as a result of progressive eye disease keratoconus.

Following an operation directly on his eye to prevent the condition from getting worse, Germayne sought the help of the Starbeck specialists for a suitable contact lens:

"I didn't even know they'd be able to do anything because as time goes on you think there's nothing that can be done for your eyes anymore.

"They did a few quality tests on my eyes, measuring the thickness of my cornea, seeing if I could progress from an operation to freeze the cornea to prevent it from getting any worse."

Germayne wears contact lenses in both eyes but the vision is weaker in his left, meaning a specialist lens was needed to significantly improve his vision:

"Once the contact is in it's the most comfortable thing ever. At first Chris put it in for me and straight away my vision was 20/20, I was reading the letters and he made my left eye just as good as my right."

Germayne Woodley
Harrogate DJ Germayne Woodley suffers with progressive eye disease Keratoconus


Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the eye's cornea progressively thins until it is cone-shaped, eventually impairing vision and causing distortion.

The eye disease affects 1 in 450 people and is often diagnosed during puberty, late teens or early twenties.

Although the exact cause is unknown, genetics and environmental factors (such as hayfever) could play a role.

To find out more about how keratoconus or any other eye diseases and how Christopher Nixon can help you with your vision, head to the website or give them a call on 01423 885764.

Ben Groom from Stray Lifestyle spoke to Harrogate DJ Germayne Woodley about the disease:

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