Coping with Keratoconus: Night Vision

There are several reasons that our night vision maybe impaired, however Keratoconus is one of the most common causes of problems with night vision. We often find that it progresses over the years and just chalk it up as “old age”. This is one of the worst things to do, impaired night vision is a symptom of Keratoconus, one that many patients experience every night, and can jeopardize safety while driving.
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However there are a few things you can do to help gain back some control.
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Time Management: While this seems like a common sense tip, it is one that is often overlooked. This means to not only plan out your day but plan out your night as well. Even for those experiencing only minor night vision difficulties managing your night better will help you stay more aware of its progression and allow you to make harder transitions, smoother, and faster. If you are used to going out at night planning a few more daytime events or errands can improve your quality of life and lessen your stress.
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The buddy system: remember when you were younger and you had to use the buddy system? This technique can help you with night vision progression by ensuring someone you trust is with you at all times, and catch the things you may miss.
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Carpooling: Do you work at night? Maybe carpooling with come colleagues, or friends will help you drive less, and give you an opportunity to help the environment. This also ensures you are not alone at night without feeling like the odd one out.
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There are several symptoms that patients with Keratoconus struggle with daily. Making sure that you are getting the best possible eye care and being proactive in your treatment can help you get through it. There are several improvements in the treatment of Keratoconus over the last decade, researching what is available and asking your eye care professional what your options are will help you stay ahead in your treatment plan.
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3 Tips for Finding a Keratoconus Specialist

Keratoconus Patient

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 it to you in terms you can understand.

Tip 1: Be sure that your physician is a doctor for the patient 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 your health on the line. Be sure you have explored every option and are comfortable before perusing 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 others 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 you 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 the clinic for you. Take an active part in your vision care.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in eye care treatments, and other procedures. For more information regarding Keratoconus visit www.KeratoconusInserts.com

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

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