Finding Relief with LipiFlow®

Dealing with Keratoconus is difficult enough, but dry eyes and Keratoconus is a double trouble. For those who have been struggling with chronic dry eyes, LipiFlow® maybe the answer. Most patients have tried the over the counter “Get the Red Out” drops or artificial tears, and while they do relieve the irritation and symptoms of Dry Eye it is usually just a temporary fix. LipiFlow® allows you to have more permanent relief from your Dry Eye condition. Most patients experience relief after the treatment within a week.

The Procedure

The LipiFlow® treatment takes less than 15 minutes and can be performed in the doctor’s office. Disposable activators are placed on the eye lids to warm and gently massage the Meibomian glands on the eyelids. This loosens and releases oils that were clogging the glands, allowing fresh, clean oils to be excreted in the tear layers and protect the eyes.

There are between 30-40 meibum glands located within the eyelids that release certain amounts of oil into the tear fluid to help lubricate the eyes and stop the tears from evaporating. Sometimes these glands get clogged causing Dry Eye. The purpose of the LipiFlow® treatment is to loosen the blockage in the glands and allow them to release the natural flow of oil again.

Determining if you are a Good Candidate for LipiFlow®

The doctor will look for a few things before determining if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. They will look at your medical history, how long you have experienced chronic Dry Eye, how severe your dry eyes have been, and how the dry eye affected your daily activities. They will also have to determine what type you have before suggesting this treatment.They will also check the number of meibum glands are affected or clogged in the eyelids. Before determining if you are a good candidate all these factors must be taken into account. Over 65% of patients with dry eyes simply lack the proper level of oils within their tear fluid.

Benefits of LipiFlow®

Those with chronic Dry Eye understand the benefits of even the slightest relief from chronic dry eyes. Those who have explored most treatments for Dry Eye who still have little relief would most likely benefit from the LipiFlow® treatment. Below are a few additional benefits to consider.

Benefits:

• Little to no pain or discomfort
• Noninvasive procedure
• Quick procedure with quick results
• Unclogs the glands for more natural flow of lipid
• Can drive self to and from appointment – no need for a driver!

Dorys didn’t know what the cause of her excessive tearing was, and it ended up being Dry Eye!
Watch Dorys explain about her story, and how she finally got relief :

How A Bobsledder With Severe Keratoconus Obtained a Gold Medal

For those who are suffering from Keratoconus you can break records, and make new strides in your life regardless of your diagnosis. Take a look at Steven Holcomb. He is a professional bobsledder that suffered from an extreme case of Keratoconus. So much so that he almost gave up the one thing he loved in fear that he would hurt his teammates.

His story is one that will be remembered always. His Keratoconus had gotten so severe that he couldn’t see more than a foot in front of him. His sport is bobsledding which requires him to be in the front of the sled guiding it down an extremely dangerous track at horrendous speeds.

But his condition was getting worse and worse. They were preparing for the the biggest world event in bobsledding and wanted to win gold that year. The team found out about his condition and found the Boxer Wachler Institute. After the team gathered the money they paid for his treatments ( C3-R ® to stabilize his vision and Visian ICL to improve his vision without contacts- )both were very successful. Later that year the 4-man US Men’s bobsled team with Steven as the driver won a Gold Medal in 2010.

This is an extremely memorable story about a man who didn’t give up. There are several new treatments that can give you the quality of vision you deserve regardless of your diagnosis. Take the time to review the symptoms and get an annual eye exam it could change your life so you can change the lives of others!

Symptoms:

Blurred vision
Double vision
Frequent changes in prescription
Frequent Rubbing of the eye
Itching
Redness
Halos/glares
Seeing Shadows
Change in vision at night

Early detection is the best way to get ahead of Keratoconus. If you have changes in vision, or you have a history of Keratoconus in the family contact your eye care professional for frequent and annual eye exams.

Watch Steven’s story about overcoming Keratoconus to win a Gold Medal:  Steven Holcomb Overcoming Keratoconus

Managing Your Keratoconus With Hybrid or RGP Contact Lenses

If you are suffering from Keratoconus than you know all too well how RGP contact lenses can be uncomfortable for everyday use. However there are some new improved contact lenses that have the strength and quality of RGP lenses and the softness of the normal contact lens. Since many are being diagnosed with Keratoconus earlier in their life contact lenses are a stable treatment option to keep through many stages of your Keratoconus.

Since Keratoconus is a progressive condition it is smart to choose a treatment option that can stretch over several stages of the condition. Additional treatment options include surgery for those who have a more advanced case of Keratoconus.

Below are some of the Benefits of Using Contact Lenses for the Treatment of Keratoconus:

Upgrade: High Definition- Think of the RGP lenses as an upgrade to your vision. The RGP lenses will allow you to view your surroundings in high definition and are easily maintained. If you are looking for a reliable and stable way to manage your visual experience the use of RGP lenses for your Keratoconus treatment is a great one.

Multiple stage use: The SynergEye ® Hybrid and Rose K Contact Lenses can be used to treat Keratoconus in many stages of the condition. This can provide some stability in the life of the patient, and offer great treatment with little changes to the eye. For those who want less doctor visits and less treatments for their Keratoconus this maybe a great choice for you.

Remember these are only a few of your options. There are many ways you can get educated about your treatments, and condition. Asking your eye care professional will help you get off to a great start. It is important that you not only know what to expect with Keratoconus, but also how it’s treated and how the treatments will effect you.

To Learn more about Keratoconus treatment options visit: www.contactlenes.org/

Duel Disease Management: Dealing With Diabetes & Keratoconus

Almost 1 in 3 Americans are believed to have Diabetes or are related to someone with Diabetes. These numbers intend to increase over the next decade. But when you add a condition like Keratoconus to Diabetes the risk of severe loss of sight is much greater. Having one condition can cause damage but having both needs to be monitored frequently.

In addition to being monitored, which doctor you choose to take care of your eyes is another important part of your treatment. Making sure the doctor specializes in Keratoconus and knows all the available treatment options out to make your treatment most effective.

When having more than one chronic condition it is important to have proper treatment management. Checking with your doctor regularly about what treatment options are best, and what tests need to be done is important. Visiting your eye doctor every 6 months can help prevent further damage and catch things early.

Below are some signs & Symptoms of Diabetes & Keratoconus:

Symptoms of Diabetes

Increased Thirst

Frequent Urination

Increased irritability

Frequent Infections

Blurred Vision

Tingling & Numbness in Feet & hands

Unusual Weight Loss

Symptoms of Keratoconus:

Blurred Vision

Frequent Prescription Changes

Frequent Headaches

Seeing Halos & Glares

Increase problems with Night Vision

 For more information about diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association.

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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