July 23rd, 2011
Blurred vision is a common symptom of several conditions. Finding out which condition is causing yours can be equally difficult. The first step is eliminating other simpler conditions before moving to the bigger tests. Your doctor may first check your prescription to see if your prescription has changed then other options can be evaluated.
Keratoconus can cause worsened vision over time and if you prescription continues to change they may look more into this condition. Also if you have a family history of Keratoconus it maybe an earlier option to investigate. At first the eye care professional may simply watch your condition to see how fast, or how much it changes. Developing Keratoconus is easier to treat when it is caught early.
Below you will see some symptoms of Keratoconus:
Frequent Prescription changes
Sensitivity to light
Poor night vision
Straining of the eyes
Sudden Cloudiness in your vision
If you have symptoms like those listed above speak to your eye care professional right away. Find a someone who specializes in Keratoconus treatment to help you with your options, because there are several new treatments that can preserve your vision. Though there are many good eye doctors not all are using all the available options. Additionally make sure you are comfortable with your eye care professionals and be sure to let them know of any visual changes. It just might preserve your vision!
More helpful information is available at WebMD.com
July 16th, 2011
Keratoconus can be a serious condition, if left untreated it can cause extreme decline and loss of vision. However with early detection patients with Keratoconus can have a full life with a great quality of vision. There are several warning signs that you can look for that will help you with early detection. Below are some you should contact your eye care professional about:
Discomfort of the eyes
Frequent changes in Prescriptions
Sensitivity to glare & halos
Frequent eye rubbing
Getting early treatments can slow the progress of Keratoconus, and they are finding that some treatments are improving the quality of vision in those with severe vision loss. If you are sure that you have a family history of Keratoconus, getting regular screenings on your eyes can help keep your current quality of vision.
There are several other conditions that can be found during routine screenings including diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as cataracts. Knowing the warning signs will help you detect these problems sooner. Making sure you have a regular eye care professional will ensure your early detection of Keratoconus and other eye conditions.
For more information visit MayoClinic.com.
July 1st, 2011
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.