Can I Manage My Keratoconus and Go Horseback Riding?

If you are newly diagnosed with Keratoconus and love horseback riding this maybe a discouraging discovery for you. However being diagnosed with Keratoconus is not the end of the world. You may think because it is a progressive condition you will have to give up the things you love like Horseback riding. This is not true. Keratoconus can cause a lot of complications in your daily life but it doesn’t mean its the end of it.

There are several treatment options that are available for you especially if you have been diagnosed early. There are several stages of Keratoconus and treatments to help you at each stage. In fact there are contact lenses that can be prescribed that can help you through many stages of your Keratoconus comfortably. SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lenses are a cross between the soft lenses you love and the RGP lenses you don’t. They can improve your vision on the track without causing added discomfort, dry eyes, or irritability you may other wise have with RGP lenses.

Their thin sleek fit provides a tighter fit on the track letting in less wind, and dust as the RGP’s may do when you are riding. The wind can cause dry eye and more dirt and dust to irritate you will your horseback riding. SynergEyes Hybrid Lenses also provide you with more treatment coverage. These lenses can be adjusted to fit you throughout the different stages of your condition. Read some of the benefits of SynergEyes Hybrid Lenses:

Improved Visual clarity

Improved Comfort

Reduces the need for many treatments

Lasts longer than most contact lenses

Can be used in most all stages of Keratoconus (except for complex cases)

Important Facts About SynergEyes Hybrid Lenses:

Soft skirt keeps the rigid part centered

Allows layer of tears to form to correct some blurred vision

Improved visual clarity

Comfort for all day use

Useable at most stages of Keratoconus

Less irritability

Several custom designs to choose from

For more information on Keratoconus visit www.NKCF.org

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Understanding How to Manage Keratoconus & Altitude

What is Keratoconus?

For those of you who don’t know Keratoconus is a progressive condition created by the change in the shape of the cornea over time. As the cornea continues to change to a cone shape, the images your eyes see become more distorted. Over time it can cause a severe loss of vision. Keratoconus can be passed through families, physical, and/or environmental factors as well.

Treatment Options for Keratoconus:

There are several treatment options for Keratoconus. Finding the right treatment option depends on the stage of your condition, the progression of your condition (sometimes it progresses faster in one eye than it does in other).

Keratoconus treatment options include:

Glasses or contacts in early stages to improve vision and correct the prescription

Non-invasive Holcomb C3-R (cornea crosslinking) treatment to stabilize eyes

INTACS to help reshape the cornea and improve cornea transplant

Cornea transplant when too advanced for other treatments

Keratoconus & Altitude:

For those who enjoy the outdoors we often get worried when we hear that our eyes are damaged. This brings up many questions like “How will this affect me when I am climbing?” or “Will I still be able to climb?”

Is Altitude Safe With Keratoconus?

Yes, as long as you take precautions. If you are at a severe stage of Keratoconus it is not wise to travel in high altitudes. At times vision can blur in high altitudes and when you already have reduced vision due to advanced Keratoconus, this is not an additional risk you want to take. But if your Keratoconus has been treated and is stable, you can travel in high altitudes with less risk and concern. Making sure you have the proper guide and they are aware of your condition or you have other with you that can assist should you need it. Additionally making sure that you pay attention to what your eyes are doing as it can tell you best how far to go.

Will it Affect Me While I Climb?

Often times those who have Keratoconus can experience dry eyes, and Altitude sickness in elevations above 16,000 ft. Dry eyes can be treated easy enough but while climbing it can affect your vision. Take along artificial tears. If you experience decline in vision or drying, try instilling a drop of artificial tears, this often will improve the situation. Making sure that you have treatments to stabilize your Keratoconus before going out may help you get back safely too by have security in stable vision.

Getting a diagnosis of Keratoconus can be scary, especially if you have had a family member with the condition. However there are many new treatment options that can improve your quality of vision, slow, or even in some cases stop the progression of the condition. Understand you can have a full and exciting life with Keratoconus.

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Do You Have Family Members With Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive condition and can be a debilitating if left untreated. Watching your family members go through it can make you feel helpless and useless in some experiences. You probably have many questions on the condition after watching your family members go through their treatments. In past years their were limited treatments for Keratoconus and eventual cornea transplants were needed for the patient to keep their quality of vision. This type of treatment had a long recovery period and often caused the patient pain.

Today’s treatments have improved a lot since then and quite honestly there is little to no pain with many of them. Patients have much shorter recovery times, and have a much better quality of vision without replacing their corneas. Still many people have questions when they find out a family member is going through a condition like Keratoconus. The condition can often cause a reduced activity level and sometimes have complications in their normal lives. A few questions maybe “Will I get Keratoconus?” or “Will they go blind?”.

While these are all reasonable questions, and having a family member with Keratoconus is one of the highest risk factors of Keratoconus it doesn’t guarantee that you will get it. It only tells you to watch yourself and your eye health a little more. Getting annual eye exams can help with early detection. Taking care of your eyes can help lessen your chances of developing these conditions later on down the road.

Below are some tips to reduce your chances of developing Keratoconus:

Avoid rubbing your eyes

Get annual eye exams

See an eye care professional that specializes in Keratoconus

Protect your eyes regularly

Reduce stress in your life

Below are Signs of Keratoconus:

Frequent Eye Rubbing

Frequent Changes in prescriptions

Blurred or double vision

Halos or glares around lights

Sensitivity to light

Poor night vision

Dry eyes

Squinting or Straining Your Eyes

There are probably many more questions you want to ask. Finding an eye care professional that specializes in Keratoconus is always best. Looking for one that deals with Keratoconus patients daily would be best.

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Understanding Eye Diseases & Treatments

For many of us the eye is a faint thought in our heads, few are curious about how the eye works. However those who take the time to learn find that the eye is a complicated machine that when functioning properly work well. However if there are any added complications the eye can loose function quickly.

The most common eye diseases & conditions come from hiccups in the function of the cornea or lens. First to understand the conditions you must understand the cornea how it works and what it’s purpose is. The Cornea helps protect the eye from dust, debris, and other irritants from entering the eye. The cornea is very important to help bend the light entering your eye to help with focusing images. The cornea is like a camera lens, clear, durable, and strong. The internal lens of the eye also helps to focus images onto the retina so we see clearly.

There are many conditions that occur because the cornea or lens is either not functioning right, damaged, or merely building up too much debris on the lens.

Keratoconus: Keratoconus is caused because the cornea itself is changing shape causing a distortion within your vision.

Cataracts: Cataracts is caused because the natural lens of the eye of becomes cloudy. Over time it can severely distort your vision.

There are several treatment options for Keratoconus, Cataracts, and other eye conditions. For more information on your treatment and treatment options visit: www.AllAboutVision.com

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Benefits of SynegEyes Contact Lenses for Keratoconus

For many the progression of Keratoconus is enough to manage day to day. However some treatments like RGP’s or Rigid Gas Permeable Contact lenses can be difficult on a daily basis. So what should you do? There are new technologies that are improving the way our contact lenses feel on a daily basis making it easier to wear our RGP’s daily. SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lenses give you the added benefit of not only comfort but both types of contact lenses. For those who wear RGP’s and Soft lenses, or merely those who need RGP and do not want the discomfort these lenses maybe for you.

Below are some benefits of the SynergEyes Contact Lenses:

Hybrid Contact Lenses:

  • Comfort of Soft Lenses

  • Reduced Light Sensitivity

  • Improved Vision

  • Added daily comfort

  • Design Options

  • Helps at all Stages

For those who need relief from the Rigid Gas Permeable Contact lens, but need the clarity it provides these new hybrid treatments are a great option. They provide all day softness and clarity beyond measure. For those who wear both, they will give you the combined benefit in one contact lens. SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lens provides a design for any stage of Keratoconus.

Keratoconus can complicate your life in many ways don’t let the treatment get you down. Experience a new improved treatment through the SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lens. Whether you are in the beginning stages, or the advanced stage the hybrid lens can help you. The SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lenses are FDA approved, comfortable, and convenient for those who are in need of improved vision correction.

Learn More About Keratoconus and Contact Lenses: http://www.synergeyes.com/yourvision/keratoconus.html

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Advancing Technology With SynergEyes Contact Lenses

Understanding the ClearKone ®

For many with vision problems finding the right contact lens with less irritation and a clearer view can be challenging. For those who have been using Contact lenses for years understand this dilemma. However there is a vision correction treatment that works, and can assist you with a clearer more precise view as well as increased comfort. Too good to be true?

Many others thought so as well but SynergEyes understands your concerns and after trying the new FDA approved vision correction contact lenses you will not only see the difference your eyes will feel the difference too.

In 2001 SynergEyes developed several hybrid lenses to assist with vision correction including contact lenses that assist with the treatment of Keratoconus. In 2006 SynergEyes ® KC was FDA Approved as a treatment for Keratoconus.

SynergEyes ® KC fit those with:

  • Oval Cones

  • Highly Advanced Central Cones

  • De-centered Cones

  • Globus Keratoconus & Pellucid Marginal Degeneration

For those of us who are looking for an improvement in clarity, or a crisper picture SynergEye Hybrid Contact Lenses can reach to the occasion. If you are simply looking for a more comfortable way to treat your vision correction SynergEye Hybrid Contact Lenses are for you. And if you just want less fuss in your morning, avoiding the maintenance of two separate kinds of contact lenses (Soft lens and RGP’s) then SynergEye Hybrid Contact Lenses can do just that. SynergEye Contact Lenses are available in USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and United Kingdom spanning over 5,000 + retailers. Find one in your location today.

Learn more about Keratoconus & Contact Lenses visit: http://www.synergeyes.com/?s=keratoconus

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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