Facing Dry Eyes as a Symptom of Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive condition that causes loss of vision, vision disturbances, and changes in the quality of life of those who suffer from the condition. There are several symptoms of Keratoconus that cause daily issues for its patients. Learning what symptoms may flare and how to deal with them will allow you to gain some of your life back.

One symptom that flares frequently is Dry eyes. This symptom causes irritation, redness, and sometimes excessive rubbing of the eyes. In more serious cases it can cause pain for the patient and making wearing contact lenses very difficult. Dry eyes is a reduction of the production of tears by your eyes naturally.

There are several reasons one can develop dry eyes such as:

Medication changes

Conditions – Like Keratoconus, diabetes, Cataracts, etc..

Reduction in the blinking of the eyes (for instance in writers)

Certain procedures

Treatments:

1 Eye Drops

Typically treatments for dry eyes consist of over the counter eye drops, such as Artificial Tears. Yes, get the red out products can help reduce the amount of irritation in your eye, but there is medication in this eye drop that is not good for prolonged use. Artificial tears work the best as they rehydrate the eye provide the moisture in places that your eye has lost them. These are not permanent fixes for treatments, finding the initial cause of your dry eye and fixing that problem will help your symptoms out the most.

2 Supplements

Flaxseed Oil or Fish Oil supplements taken daily can help decrease dry eyes. Consult your doctor about taking these supplements before you try them.

Tips To Help Relieve Your Dry Eye:

Increase the amount of breaks you take when starring at the computer screen.

Avoid excessive eye rubbing

Get regular eye examinations

Wear protective lenses when going out

Use Artificial Tears

Consider taking Flaxseed Oil or Fish Oil supplements

Remember dry eye is generally a symptom, and symptoms are best relieved by finding the underline cause. Let your eye care professional know all your symptoms each time you visit. If dry eye is a big disturbance ask them what you can do to reduce the symptom. Improving the overall quality of life for the patient is the doctors main objective for treatment, so communication is key to a great treatment plan.

For more information regarding dry eyes visit: www.dryeyepain.com

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Can Focus Exercises as Treatment Options Improve Your Keratoconus?

When you have Keratoconus strengthening the eyes is an important step in maximizing visual function. Focus exercising can aid in improving the quality of vision. Many doctors agree that training your eyes is an important step in treating the condition, and according to the American Optometric Association you can benefit greatly from exercising your eyes when diagnosed with Keratoconus.

So can focus exercises improve your vision when you have Keratoconus? Yes. Many have found it can strengthen your eyes improving your quality of vision.

Focus Exercising:

For aid in strengthening the eyes and improving eye control the use of swaying can help. This is a simple exercise that can be done in minutes daily and added to your regular routine. It will help you not only gain current control of the muscles of the eyes but help with future control.

Swaying

Keep your feet shoulder width apart

Choose an object in the distance

Sway from side to side focusing on the object as you pass by

Focus Activities to Help Gain Eye Control:

Recently the American Optometric Association said that Racket and Team sports is a form of focus exercise and participating in these types of sports help strengthen your eyes and improve overall visual acuity.

Most people feel that sports are the last thing they should do if they are having vision problems. However for those with Keratoconus the use of Racket & Team sports can help you with eye tracking, reaction time, depth perception, visual memory, and even peripheral vision skills. These sports can not only work on control of your eye muscles, but they can help strengthen them as well.

For more information on how focus exercise can help your Keratoconus visit: www.aoa.org

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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How a Family History Affects Your KC

If you have had Keratoconus in your family your probably wondering if it will affect you. As with any condition the family history will increase your risk of getting the
condition, however it is not a guarantee. Nor is it a guarantee that you will have the same progression or experience as those in your family as it affects each patient differently.

In the past treatments have not been as effective and sometimes caused the patient to have long recovery periods and experience pain. However with the new treatments that have been developed over the last decade have made treatments for Keratoconus less painful and provides a quicker recovery time.

In traditional treatments glasses and contact lenses like RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable lenses) were used before the eventual corneal transplant. With today’s technology we are now rarely using the corneal transplants and treatments are more effective than ever before. In some cases the treatments have been effective in slowing the progression, in addition to stopping and/or reversing the progression of Keratoconus. The overall outlook of the Keratoconus treatment is a great one and with continued research and improvements to Keratoconus treatments we have less pain, and more improvement in your quality of vision.

Having a family history of Keratoconus doesn’t guarantee you will get it but should warn you to be more careful when it comes to your vision care. Getting regular visits to your eye care professional and being aware of the signs of Keratoconus will help you catch it early if you do develop the condition. Also avoiding the urge to rub your eyes, and getting annual exams are important tips to healthy eye care.

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

For more information on risk factors of Keratoconus visit www.AMKCA.org

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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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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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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What Are Some Key Signs and Symptoms to Help Detect Keratoconus?

The world is fighting a hard battle but the war is far from over, Keratoconus (KC) is at the front line battling back. Keratoconus (KC) is one of several different disorders that attack the eyes of many worldwide everyday. Signs of Keratoconus (KC) usually present themselves in the early to late teenage years however there have been recent reports of patients developing as late as in their 60’s. One key sign that a person has or is developing Keratoconus (KC) is increasing astigmatism and extreme sensitivity to light.

The deteriorating vision caused by Keratoconus makes everyday activities extremely hard. Many ask what causes Keratoconus (KC)? One cause may be excessive eye rubbing which occurs at an alarming rate, daily.

Signs of Keratoconus (KC) can include eye irritation. Most people think they have allergies or hay fever symptoms flaring up. Other signs include extreme eye strain and difficulty to read and see objects both near and far. Many people say “Squinting” helps the eyes focus images for a short time and distance. The vision problems are signs listed are a few early waring signs your vision is deteriorating.

The finding that follows Keratoconus (KC) slowly will develop and worsen if not diagnosed and treated by a competent trained physician. It is also found that patients have moderate to severe nearsightedness with moderate to severe astigmatism in one or both eyes. This finding makes driving difficult because it involves measuring distance between cars and stoplights almost impossible without high powered glasses or contacts.

A common symptoms in individuals with Keratoconus (KC) is the eyes give a “Ghosting” or “Halo” effect in vision. Both cast a faint double image from majority of things viewed. This symptoms can also give the patient chronic headaches that require constant medical attention due to remorseful pain index. Some describe migraine like pain from small amounts of reading and sunlight.

Headlights also produce an unholy amount of pain hindering one from night driving without eye protection which provides a hindering feel. Costly eye exams and prescription eyeglasses or contact lens changes arise at an alarming rate which may be anywhere from every two to six months.

Patients have reported changes in lens strength ranging from light to dramatic alterations in as little as six months. Early detection and treatment will give present and future people the ability to maintain and work past Keratoconus (KC) so one day this disease won’t be a constant burden on mankind.

Dr. Phil’s Show, The Doctor’s, educated about Keratoconnus: http://wwww.youtube.com/watch?v=1UJPr0694gA

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Encouraging Better Eye Care

Taking care of your eyes is more than just an annual exam. Making sure that you take care of your vision between exams is just as important if not more than the exam itself. Many of us feel that if we go to our annual eye exam everything is alright. But the truth of the matter is quite often we can spot problems with our vision much faster than in our trip to the eye doctor.

Each and everyone of us knows how our body works. We can pick up on the slightest variances before anyone else. Making sure that we know the common signs of eye complications is important. Below you will see some of the signs to look for and when to get them checked out.

Common Signs:

  • Blurred Vision

  • Eye Pain

  • Decreased night vision

  • Increased Squinting

  • Spots (Black squiggly dots often referred to as floaters)

  • Halos

  • Frequent Headaches

  • Frequent need to rub your eyes

  • Frequent changes in prescriptions

Annual eye exams are important and eye care professionals can pick up on other conditions besides those of the eyes like: Hypertension, and even diabetes. That is why it is so important to visit your eye care professional regularly. Asking questions during your visits and finding out what to look for can also help you with early detection of conditions like Keratoconus, cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, and yes even Diabetes.

If you don’t feel comfortable with your current eye care professional, or they are not answering your questions in a way you can understand them it is ok to find a new one. Making sure you can communicate is one of the most important things you can do for your eye health.

To learn more about eye care issues visit AllAboutVision.com.

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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3 Tips to Remember in Finding Your Next Doctor: Keratoconus Patients

Researching treatments of Keratoconus is no different than researching any other condition. First you must fully understand the condition before you can go any further. There are several places that will give you the perfect technical terminology for Keratoconus. But the truth is you probably don’t want to hear all that. Looking for an explanation you can understand is very important. Just as important as finding a doctor who will explain to you in terms you can understand.

Tip 1: Be sure that your physician is a doctor for the patients first: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If they give you an answer you cannot understand – Ask Again! It is your health on the line. It is important that you know what to expect and what is going on with your body, not whether you upset your doctor.

Finding reliable information is a big step to researching your condition. You must feel comfortable with the level of experience & education your source has. Don’t be afraid to ask, or research them. This will ensure you are getting the best quality and the newest information available.

Tip 2: Be sure to ask for all your treatment options: No matter how old or new they maybe it is [once again] your health on the line. Be sure you have explored every option and are comfortable before pursuing any treatment option.

Visit more than one office. If you are trying to determine where to go for treatment, don’t just accept what you read or what other say. Explore a few offices. Walk in, how do you feel there? Is the staff pleasant? How do they feel about you being there, are they open? Do they answer your questions without hesitation? Researching your treatment center should not be just about what you read, it should be about how your feel- and your comfort where you are being treated.

Tip 3: Be sure to ask about the staff’s Experience: Asking how long they have been there is a good conversation starter. Don’t just pick your treatment center based on your friends referral. Take your time and be sure its a clinic for you. Take an active part in your vision care.

Dr.Phil’s Show. The Doctor’s educates about Keratoconus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UJPr0694gA

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Understanding Your Diagnosis of Keratoconus

New Technologies in the treatments of Keratoconus are changing what it means to get the diagnosis. As with all conditions you can get nervous when you hear it, but long gone are the older harsher treatments of Keratoconus and loss of vision is typically now a thing of the past. With the new treatments of Keratoconus they have been able to slow and even stop some progressions of the condition without getting a corneal transplant.

Now this doesn’t mean to stop visiting the doctor, or not to set up any treatment plans. It simply means that the treatment options that are available to you now are more effective and less invasive than before. This means treatment options reduces the risk of needing a corneal transplant in the end. If the condition goes without treatment it can cause significant loss of vision, so finding a doctor that is experienced in Keratoconus is important. This will help preserve your quality of vision and your life.

Does this mean you can get the cure? No this simply means there is hope that you can have a better quality of vision despite what those websites, articles, doctors, or anyone else say. The truth is the key to a better quality of vision is early detection, monitoring, and treatment assessment. Know what it is you are truly up against before you go head on into the pack. After all it is your vision and your responsibility to ensure it lasts.

For more information visit AllAboutVision.com.

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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