Blog posts tagged with Keratoconus
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.
One of the most exciting things to come out of keratoconus research in the past ten years was the discovery that corneal cross linking stopped the disease in its tracks. This treatment has progressed to become the gold standard.
Keratoconus cannot be cured, but it can often be slowed or halted in its tracks. Management of this eye disease centres on providing clear, comfortable vision to keep you out of a corneal transplant for as long as possible.
Here at The Eye Practice, we asked our keratoconus Facebook community what bothered them most about their eye disease and the pain was evident. This post looks at some of these pain points.
Keratoconus is an eye condition that is non-inflammatory. A progressive thinning of the normally dome-shaped cornea characterises the condition and a cone-shaped bulge develops as a result.
What is corneal dehiscence and why do some keratoconus sufferers get it? Keratoconus patients who have previously had a corneal graft have an weaker corneal structure compared to an intact cornea.
What's the best cure for keratoconus? This is a question thousands of people in Australia ask every month. Keratoconus is a disease of the front surface of the eye that causes progressive deterioration in vision.