Encouraging Early Detection of Keratoconus

Knowing your family history is an important step in early detection, and early treatment of Keratoconus. Understanding and knowing how progressed your condition is will help determine how aggressive your treatment needs to be. Finding the symptoms, signs, and your family history can help keep a better quality of vision throughout your life.

Taking care of your vision is not just important to you but it is important to your family as well. Making sure that you are comfortable and can talk with your eye care professional should be at the top of your list when locating the right doctor. Below are a few tips that can help you with developing a sound treatment plan for your Keratoconus and your life.

It is also important that you report all your symptoms and family history to your eye care professionals. They can help you with the diagnosis of several conditions before they compromise the quality of your vision.

Below are a few reasons to get early treatment for Keratoconus:

 Early Detection can improve your chances of treatment
 Early Detection can slow the progression of Keratoconus by getting treatment early
 Early Detection can save/preserve your vision
 Early Detection can give you more treatment options for Keratoconus

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.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler is an expert in Keratoconus Treatments.  He developed alternatives to cornea transplant.  Since 1999 he has helped most patients avoid the painful cornea transplant with treatment options such as INTACS and Holcomb C3-R® (cornea collagen crosslinking).

Patients fly in from around the world every week to have these Keratoconus treatments with Dr. Brian.

Watch a free Webinar and learn more about treatment options for Keratoconus: www.KeratoconusInserts.com/fix

Family History of 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.

Dr. Brian S. Boxer Wachler is world-renowed Keratoconus Specialist. He developed alternatives to Keratoconus cornea transplant in 1999. Patients travel the world to undergo his advanced Keratoconus Treatments. Learn more about Dr. Brian and his Keratoconus Treatments: www.KeratoconusInserts.com

For more information on Keratoconus visit: http://www.amkca.org/what-is-keratoconus#main

I have Keratocous. Can I go Horseback Riding?

If you are newly diagnosed with Keratoconus and love horseback riding this diagnosis may be 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 that you will have to give up the things you love, like Horseback riding. This is not true. Keratoconus can cause a lot of adjustments in your daily life but it doesn’t mean it’s 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 for the comfort and the RGP lenses you don’t. The advantage is that they provide better vision than soft contacts through the hard center that is like an RGP, but with their soft skirt they feel like soft lenes. They can improve your vision while horseback riding without causing added discomfort, dry eyes, or irritability you may otherwise have with RGP lenses.

SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lenses have a thin sleek fit provides a better fit and decreases irritation from 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.

Some of the benefits of SynergEyes Hybrid Lenses:

 Improved Visual clarity
 Improved Comfort
 Reduces the need for many treatments
 Lasts longer than most soft 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

Dr. Donna Weiss fits these advanced Keratconus constacts, along with other designs. To schedule an initial examination and evaluation call the office: 310-860-1900

For more information on Keratoconus and SynergEyes lenses visit: www.SynergEyes.com