The Management of Keratoconus With Other Medical Conditions

The management of Keratoconus can be a struggle. But facing Keratoconus with other conditions like: Diabetes, Cataracts, Hypertension, or even arthritis can be even more of a challenge. Having a treatment plan can help assist you in the day to day management of multiple conditions. While managing your Keratoconus you should already know about developing an effective treatment plan and how having a support team can help you face daily challenges.

Even the support of your family or your team of doctors can allow you to problem solve when it comes to management. Below are some things you can do to help manage your conditions.

Diabetes & Keratoconus:

Diabetes effects the blood sugar levels, and as we all know the blood runs through the entire body including the eyes. While we don’t often think of the eyes becoming damaged from out of control blood sugar levels, it can happen quickly and even cause blindness within 6 months to a year. So how do you manage these medical conditions?

  1. Log your blood sugar readings regularly. This will help you keep an eye on your levels, give you better control,and reduce the amount of complications caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
  2. Exercising daily can help keep your blood sugar levels down. Also joining in racket and team sports can help with tracking, eye response, eye muscle control, and other things to improve your Keratoconus.
  3. Getting regular exams. Get regular eye exams, as well as diabetic tests like, A1C, and Kidney function tests. This can prevent unexpected complications for both your Diabetes and Keratoconus.

Hypertension & Keratoconus Management:

Hypertension or high blood pressure is caused by an increase in the amount of pressure your blood puts on your vessels and arteries as it flows throughout your body. Since your blood flows through all areas of the body hypertension can effect your eyes as well. In routine examinations the eye care professionals can see if any damage is caused to the vessels within your eyes and often diagnose hypertension in its early stages. If hypertension continues to go untreated it can cause additional problems with your eyes and quality of vision.

Below are some tips to help you control your hypertension:

Decreasing the amount of salt your body intakes.

Drinking more water daily

Implementing a small exercise regimen into your daily routine

Reducing your diet from a 2500 -2000 calorie diet to 1500

Getting Regular exams from your primary physician

For more information on how you can manage Keratoconus visit www.AMKC.org

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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3 Major Tips You Should Know When Diagnosed With Keratoconus & Diabetes

Protecting Your Vision One Step at a Time

Diabetes alone is a hard condition to live with but when you have a diagnosis of Keratoconus as well we often struggle even harder to avoid blindness, or additional loss of vision. Fortunately there have been several advancements in the treatment of Keratoconus to help you deal with the condition, and relieve the strain to facing two progressive diseases.

Taking care of your vision is an important step to prevent complications for diabetics. Ensuring that you are seeing your eye care doctor is an important part of eye care health but there are many other things you can do to take care of your eyes when you are dealing with diabetes. Below are few add tips to help you along the way to help with vision care and treatment of both Diabetes & Keratoconus.

Below are 3 Tips for Dealing with Keratoconus & Diabetes:

Finding the Right Doctor: Its not just about finding a doctor, it’s all about finding the right doctor. The truth is Keratoconus is a treatable condition. There have been major advancements in the treatment of Keratoconus over the past 5 years. Some treatments offer not only slowing the progression, but they have even been known to stop the progression in patients. Seeing the right doctor can mean the difference between continued progression of the condition itself or slowing/or stopping it all together. Finding an experienced doctor should be your first step.

Research: Even though we are not doctors we should still take a vested interest in our own health. Learning as much as we can about our conditions and how to manage them will give us a positive attitude when it comes to our treatment. Understanding all we can about our conditions can help us understand the treatment part of our recovery. Just as learning more about the insulin you take and why you take it can help you understand the things you maybe doing that need to be changed to improve your treatment of type 2 Diabetes. This way you can assist in your own treatments & help improve your health.

In addition being prepared to aid in your own treatment should be your first step. Understanding that medicine is something that we all have come to rely on full force, participating in your own path to good health will help you become more aware of your condition, symptoms, and treatment management. Researching your Keratoconus & Diabetes can help you improve your quality of vision as well.

Ensuring You are Tested: Another important part of your treatment are the examinations & testing. While most doctors are on top of things you must remember they are human too so it is also up to you to know when and what tests you need performed to ensure that things are being done properly. Most doctors encourage questions and reminders from their patients. If you are not comfortable asking you should find a doctor you are comfortable with. This is extremely important to your treatment plan. If you haven’t done a treatment plan with your doctor it is important that you start one. After all it is your health, and staying on top of things will improve your quality of life as well as your quality of vision.

The doctors are a very important part of your treatment but so are you! Ensuring that you assist in your own treatment plan will improve your chances of a successful recovery. If you want more information on treatment options for Keratoconus visit: WebMD.com

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Living with Keratoconus: Facing Diabetes & Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a difficult condition to live with. Losing your eye sight can be disruptive and scarey to say the least. But when you already have diabetes it can give you more difficulty, and add great emotional stress to your already complicated health issues. So how do you live with both Keratoconus & Diabetes? Quite simply put, one day at a time!

Diabetes is caused by an over abundance of sugar left in the blood stream after we eat. And while generally our bodies are supposed to naturally clear out the amounts of sugar in the bloodstream on their own there are several things that can keep this from happening properly causing diabetes. The increase amount of sugar in the blood can slowly eat away at the tissue or organs throughout the body, and since our blood travels through all of these organs and areas of the body everything can be effected.

When the sugar levels are elevated in the bloodstream the blood vessels in the eyes, and various parts of the eye can be damaged. This can cause vision problems, glaucoma, and cataracts. If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes and Keratoconus not only can you have diabetic induced vision problems from damage to the blood vessels of the eyes, but the Keratoconus can cause the irregular shape of the cornea. While it is important to get your sugar levels under tight control to prevent further damage to your vision, it is equally important to visit your eye doctor at least 2 times a year for evaluation.

Reporting all vision changes to your eye care professional immediately is also important when dealing with diabetes. If you are diagnosed with Keratoconus remember that there are several options for treatment. Remember that each patient is unique in their situation and what will work best for them. Talking to your eye care professional about what will work best for you will give you an idea of your best options for treatment of Keratoconus. Know that you are not alone and there is hope for treatment of Keratoconus.

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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