Blog posts tagged with Keratoconus
This is not science fiction. In breaking news, scientists working in Newcastle University have discovered a way to build a cornea using 3D bioprinting.
Keratoconus is a disorder of the cornea, the clear front window of the eye. Instead of being nice and smooth, the cornea becomes irregular. This leads to blurry vision.
A diagnosis of keratoconus can be devastating, especially for a teenager or young adult with their whole life ahead of them.
Studies have shown that pregnancy hormones can trigger progression of your keratoconus eye disease. But what does this really mean and what can you do to protect your eyesight?
There is still no ‘cure’ for keratoconus in the strict sense of the word. But latest high tech treatments for this disease are becoming more successful every year.
Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition, typically diagnosed during puberty. It causes a normally dome-shaped cornea (the front of your eye) to become cone-shaped and bulge.
When I first developed an interest in keratoconus treatment, I had no idea the journey I was starting out on.
Astigmatism is a very common condition, with around half of the population being afflicted with it to some degree. When you have astigmatism, you will have blurry eyesight. Fine details in an object may not be viewed very clearly. Lines running from top to bottom may also appear slanted.
If you think a diagnosis of keratoconus is a life-sentence of no more sport, think again. With the right strategies, this eye disease can be successful managed to allow you to live a full life. Here’s how.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could walk into the doctor’s surgery with keratoconus and walk out cured?
Keratoconus in the last 40 years has been principally managed with rigid gas permeable contact lenses, also called RGPs. The category of rigid contact lenses is vague, as within this, there are half a dozen possibilities that can work very well.
A diagnosis of keratoconus can be a major shock to the system, but so can the discussion around the cost of treatment.
Planning an overseas trip? One of the biggest problems with keratoconus on a long flight is the dehydration and irritation caused by the forced air, heat and digital screen use.
The keratoconus journey, from first diagnosis to stable management, can take several years – sometimes decades.
Could keratoconus be successfully treated with a simple eye drop? This is the question a team of New Zealand researchers is now investigating, with a little help from their woolly friends.
Panic is not an unusual reaction to a new diagnosis of keratoconus. Fear of corneal transplant or even blindness is on everyone's mind. But the good news is that this disease can be very successfully managed.
Results of the largest study to date on keratoconus were published in Cornea medical journal this month. Information was collected for over 20,000 patients with keratoconus in the USA and the results were very revealing.
When a patient is diagnosed with keratoconus, their immediate reaction is fear, thinking that they will go blind. This vision impairment may be very intimidating, especially when the doctor explains that it is progressive.
Australia is the lucky country for many reasons. When it comes to keratoconus, however, misinformation abounds. Many of the patients we see for the first time are wearing incorrect glasses, or have poorly-fitted contact lenses.