We are committed to having patients with keratoconus see 20/20 vision.


Seeking exceptional care for keratoconus in Melbourne? Look no further than Vision Camberwell for comprehensive treatment and support.

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that primarily affects the central zone of the cornea, the front surface of the eye. 

It is characterised by a cone-like bulge and thinning of the cornea, leading to visual distortions and reduced vision quality. 

Vision Camberwell are industry leaders in providing care to patients with this condition.

What causes keratoconus

The exact cause of keratoconus remains under investigation. However, certain factors are believed to contribute to its development.

These factors include:

  • genetic predisposition
  • allergies
  • chronic eye rubbing
  • hormonal imbalances
  • connective tissue disorders

Our optometrists are renowned for providing thorough evaluations and personalised treatment plans.

Find out how we can help you today!


Keratoconus Signs & Symptoms

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that primarily affects the central zone of the cornea, the front surface of the eye.

It is characterised by a cone-like bulge and thinning of the cornea, leading to visual distortions and reduced vision quality.

Vision Camberwell are industry leaders in providing care to patients with this condition.

Recognising the signs and symptoms of keratoconus is crucial for early detection and intervention.

Some common indicators include:

    • Blurred or Distorted Vision:As the cornea’s shape becomes irregular, vision may appear blurry or distorted. Objects may appear distorted, stretched, or tilted.
    • Increased Astigmatism: keratoconus often leads to astigmatism, causing blurred or distorted vision at various distances.
    • Frequent Prescription Changes:If you find that your spectacles or contact lens prescription changes frequently, it could be an indication of keratoconus.
    • Sensitivity to Light: Individuals with keratoconus may experience increased sensitivity to light, known as photophobia.

Keratoconus treatment options

At Vision Camberwell, we offer a range of advanced treatment options for keratoconus.

Keratoconus contact lenses treatment options include:

  • Customised, High Powered Spectacles Or Soft Contact Lenses: In the early stages of keratoconus, spectacles or soft contact lenses may provide adequate vision correction.
  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) And Scleral Contact Lenses: RGP and scleral contact lenses are the most common form of contact lenses used to improve vision for keratoconus. Scleral lenses, that vault of the entire cornea, provide a superior level of vision, stability and comfort.
  • Hybrid Contact Lenses: Hybrid lenses combine the benefits of RGP and soft lenses, providing excellent vision and comfort.

Our optometrists will guide you through the available options and recommend the most suitable treatment plan for your unique case.

Collagen Crosslinking 

Collagen Crosslinking (CXL) is a groundbreaking treatment for keratoconus, a progressive eye condition characterised by thinning and bulging of the cornea. While the Collagen Crosslinking (CXL) procedure itself is performed by eye specialists, we are actively involved in supporting and guiding individuals both before and after their CXL treatment. Our goal is to offer comprehensive support and provide valuable information throughout the entire process.

During the Collagen Crosslinking procedure, a special solution of riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is applied to the cornea, which is then activated with ultraviolet (UV) light. This combination creates chemical bonds within the cornea, increasing its strength and stability.

By undergoing Collagen Crosslinking, patients with keratoconus can potentially slow or halt the progression of the disease, preserving their vision and reducing the need for more invasive interventions such as corneal transplantation.

At Vision Camberwell, we are committed to providing personalised care and staying up to date with the latest advancements in keratoconus treatment.

Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your options and take a proactive step toward maintaining your visual health.

Why Vision Camberwell for Keratoconus

Led by optometrist Shonit Jagmohan, who is internationally recognised for his expertise in keratoconus, our team at Vision Camberwell has extensive experience in managing this condition and providing exceptional treatment and care to our patients.

Shonit’s involvement in groundbreaking research and lens development ensures that we stay at the forefront of advancements in keratoconus treatment.

With our deep understanding of the condition and advanced treatment options, we are dedicated to improving vision and enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with keratoconus.

Here are five reasons to choose Vision Camberwell for your keratoconus care:

  • Expertise and Experience: Our optometrists have decades of combined experience  and expertise in diagnosing and treating keratoconus. We stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field to provide you with the highest level of care.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: At Vision Camberwell, we utilise state-of-the-art technology and equipment to accurately diagnose and monitor keratoconus. Our advanced diagnostic tools ensure precise measurements and enable us to tailor treatment plans for optimal outcomes.
  • Customised Treatment Plans: We understand that each patient’s case of keratoconus is unique. That’s why we take a personalised approach to develop treatment plans based on your specific needs and visual requirements. Our goal is to improve your vision and enhance your quality of life.
  • Wide Range of Treatment Options: Vision Camberwell offers a wide range of treatment options for keratoconus, including complex contact lenses such as RGP lenses, scleral lenses, and hybrid lenses. We work closely with you to determine the best option that provides optimal vision correction and comfort.
  • Expertise: Shonit is highly regarded in the keratoconus industry, and is known for his expertise in fitting a wide range of contact lenses for keratoconus, corneal grafts, post-trauma, and complicated eyes. He has been involved in groundbreaking research and development, contributing to the advancement of contact lens designs. Optometrist, Jue Wang, also has extensive experience in managing keratoconus and conducts consultations in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Keratoconus Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about keratoconus and its treatment:

Is there a keratoconus eye clinic near me?

Vision Camberwell is conveniently located in Melbourne’s Inner East. We are 10km from the CBD ( 350m from the train station and 100m from the closest tram stop) making us easily accessible to individuals seeking keratoconus expertise in Melbourne.

What makes Vision Camberwell the top choice for keratoconus treatment in Melbourne?

At Vision Camberwell, we have been looking after the majority of patients with keratoconus in Victoria for over 40 years.

Our principal optometrist, Shonit, is highly regarded for his expertise in fitting a wide range of lenses for keratoconus. As part of the groundbreaking Research and Development team within Innovative Contacts, Shonit helped develop EyeSpace Sclerals and the revolutionary EyeSpace software. His role in troubleshooting scleral and RGP lens designs for optometrists across Australia and New Zealand offered him the unique opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in custom contact lens design.

Can keratoconus be managed with contact lenses?

Yes, depending on the severity of keratoconus, customised contact lenses like RGP lenses, scleral lenses, or hybrid lenses can effectively improve vision by providing a smooth surface for light to focus through.

Is keratoconus a common condition in Australia?

Keratoconus is prevalent in Australia and at Vision Camberwell, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and managing this condition. A study from the 1980s estimated that 1 in 2000 people in Australia had keratoconus1. However, a more recent study conducted in 2021 found a higher prevalence. According to this new study, approximately 1 in 84 individuals aged 20 years old have keratoconus in Australia2. This suggests that the condition is far more common than previously thought.

Does Vision Camberwell consider and correct Higher Order Aberrations (HOAs) in contact lenses for keratoconus patients?

Yes, Vision Camberwell is one of the few places in Australia that takes into account and corrects Higher Order Aberrations (HOAs) in contact lenses for keratoconus patients. By addressing these aberrations, our specialised contact lenses provide unparalleled vision quality, reducing flaring and shadowing of letters and lights, and significantly increasing sharpness in vision. Our commitment to correcting HOAs ensures that our keratoconus patients experience enhanced visual clarity and a more comfortable wearing experience with their contact lenses.

What are the next steps after being diagnosed with keratoconus?

The next steps involve scheduling an appointment at Vision Camberwell. Our optometrists will evaluate your specific case, discuss treatment options, and guide you through the recommended course of action.

What are the next steps?

It’s time to take the next steps towards improving your vision.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Schedule a Consultation: Our optometrists will thoroughly evaluate your condition, discuss your concerns, and recommend appropriate treatment options.
  2. Ask Questions: During your consultation, feel free to ask any questions you may have. Our optometrists are here to address your concerns and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your eye health.
  3. Follow the Treatment Plan: After your consultation, you will receive a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. It is essential to follow the recommended treatment plan diligently. This may include wearing custom contact lenses, attending regular follow-up appointments, and adopting certain lifestyle adjustments.
  4. Attend Follow-up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments are crucial for monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. These appointments allow our optometrists to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and address any concerns or questions you may have.
  5. Maintain Good Eye Health Practices: Alongside the prescribed treatment, it is important to maintain good overall eye health. Follow proper eye hygiene practices, such as avoiding rubbing your eyes and keeping them clean. Additionally, maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated.
  6. Contact Vision Camberwell for Support: If you have any questions, concerns, or experience changes in your symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to Vision Camberwell. Our team of experienced optometrists is dedicated to providing ongoing support and guidance throughout your Keratoconus treatment journey.


1. Kennedy RH, Bourne WM, Dyer JA (1986) A 48-year clinical and epidemiologic study of keratoconus. Am J Ophthalmol 101:267–273. https://doi.org/10.1016/0002-9394(86)90817-2.

2. Chan E, Chong EW, Lingham G, Stevenson LJ, Sanfilippo PG, Hewitt AW, Mackey DA, Yazar S. Prevalence of Keratoconus Based on Scheimpflug Imaging: The Raine Study. Ophthalmology. 2021 Apr;128(4):515-521. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.08.020. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PMID: 32860813.