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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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