September 5th, 2017
There are many reasons we have to exercise including weight loss, physical therapy, and just staying healthy. But according to the American Optometric Association, another reason to exercise is Keratoconus. Many doctors believe that exercising and training the eyes can slow the process of Keratoconus and strengthen the eyes.
Below are a few exercises you can do to help your eyes:
Focusing your eyes:
Swaying is an exercise that helps you regain control over the muscles of your eyes. In Keratoconus we struggle with symptoms like double vision and loss of eye control. Swaying teaches you how to control where your eyes go, and strengthens your muscles around your eyes.
-Keep your feet shoulder-width apart
-choose an object in the distance
-Sway from side to side focusing on the object as you pass by
Strengthening Your Eyes:
Recently the American Optometric Association said that Racket and Team sports help your strengthen your eyes by improving your overall visual acuity. Team sports and Racket sports work on
* Eye Tracking
* Visual Memory
* Reaction Time
* Depth Perception
* Peripheral Vision Skills
Overall exercise has many uses. Improving some of your vision and delaying the process of Keratoconus can be done with a few simple exercises over the course of time. Improving your vision and strengthening your eyes can also improve your vision for your ladder years by improving visual memory, depth perception, and peripheral vision skills.
So the next time you are in the eye doctors office be sure to ask them what you can do to improve your quality of vision at home or in the field. And the next time you think about your exercise routine find a way to add your eye exercises in and improve your vision quality for now and in your near future.
August 1st, 2017
The management of Keratoconus can be a struggle. But facing Keratoconus with other conditions like: Diabetes, Cataracts, Hypertension, or even arthritis can be even more of a challenge. Having a treatment plan can help assist you in the day to day management of multiple conditions. While managing your Keratoconus you should already know about developing an effective treatment plan and how having a support team can help you face daily challenges.
Even the support of your family or your team of doctors can allow you to problem solve when it comes to management. Below are some things you can do to help manage your conditions.
Diabetes & Keratoconus:
Diabetes effects the blood sugar levels, and as we all know the blood runs through the entire body including the eyes. While we don’t often think of the eyes becoming damaged from out of control blood sugar levels, it can happen quickly and even cause blindness within 6 months to a year. So how do you manage these medical conditions?
- Log your blood sugar readings regularly. This will help you keep an eye on your levels, give you better control,and reduce the amount of complications caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
- Exercising daily can help keep your blood sugar levels down. Also joining in racket and team sports can help with tracking, eye response, eye muscle control, and other things to improve your Keratoconus.
- Getting regular exams. Get regular eye exams, as well as diabetic tests like, A1C, and Kidney function tests. This can prevent unexpected complications for both your Diabetes and Keratoconus.
Hypertension & Keratoconus Management:
Hypertension or high blood pressure is caused by an increase in the amount of pressure your blood puts on your vessels and arteries as it flows throughout your body. Since your blood flows through all areas of the body hypertension can effect your eyes as well. In routine examinations the eye care professionals can see if any damage is caused to the vessels within your eyes and often diagnose hypertension in its early stages.
If hypertension continues to go untreated it can cause additional problems with your eyes and quality of vision. Below are some tips to help you control your hypertension:
- Decreasing the amount of salt your body intakes.
- Drinking more water daily
- Implementing a small exercise regimen into your daily routine
- Reducing your diet from a 2500 -2000 calorie diet to 1500
- Getting Regular exams from your primary physician
July 1st, 2017
The Intacs procedure is a non-laser procedure that corrects mild to moderate nearsightedness. The clear inserts made to reshape the cornea and improve vision are made from the same material used in contact lenses and cataract surgery. The FDA- approved procedure cannot be seen when placed below the surface of the cornea. The Intacs procedure does not involve any shots or needles just numbing drops.
Benefits of Using INTACS:
- Outpatient: INTACS does not require a lot of down time. Many patients go home afterwards and often return to work within a couple of days.
- Little Pain/ Recovery Times: small amount of pain to no pain with the procedure. Although there may be some sensitivity and itching for a day or two.
- Removable- INTACS can be removed easily if your prescription changes for any reason. The procedure is safe and easy.
The 10 minute Intacs procedure was originated in 1999. The surgical technique has various sizes and if not positioned correctly it is possible to experience worse vision. Before you have the Intacs procedure performed it is important to know the level of expertise of your surgeon. Setting up questions to ask your surgeon will be helpful, below are some questions to ask.
- Will 1 or 2 segments be used?
- What thickness will be used?
- What location will Intacs be placed?
June 20th, 2017
There are several questions surrounding the patient with a family history when it comes to Keratoconus. In the past there was little in the way of treatment of Keratoconus. In the end many patients would need to receive corneal transplants, which were invasive, painful and required a long recover time. However over the past decade there have been many changes to the treatment for Keratoconus. Many doctors are finding that earlier detection of the condition will prevent more invasive or longer treatments from being a necessity.
Family History of Keratoconus will merely make you more at risk for development of the condition; it is not a guarantee that if you have a family member with the condition you will get it. You may require more evaluations, and a closer watch. Most eye care professionals recommend that children with family history of Keratoconus undergo their first screening at age 6. It is suggested that parents then continue annual exams to watch for any early signs of Keratoconus. However if your eye care professional knows you are a higher risk precautions can be incorporated to ensure a quicker diagnosis, and treatment plan should you need it.
In traditional treatments glasses, contact lenses like RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable lenses) were used before the eventual corneal transplant. With today’s technology we are now rarely using the corneal transplants and treatments are more effective than ever before.
Today’s Keratoconus treatments have been effective in slowing the progression, in addition to stopping and/or reversing the progression of Keratoconus. The overall outlook of Keratoconus treatment is a great one and with continued research and improvements to Keratoconus treatments we have less pain and more improvement in your quality of vision.
Holcomb C3-R® is one such treatment that is has changed the outlook for those with a family history of Keratoconus. Holcomb C3-R® has been performed on patients as young as 9 years old to strengthen the cornea and preserve vision.
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
If you notice any of these signs, please discuss with your eye care professional and consider an evaluation for Holcomb C3-R® to preserve vision and stop progression of Keratoconus.
Watch how Jake’s parents found a solution to save their 13 year old son’s vision
May 31st, 2017
For those who have mastered the World Wide Web getting new information on Keratoconus treatment is relatively easy. Knowledge is one of the best ways to help save your eyes for the often devastating news of a Keratoconus diagnosis. As we are sure you’ve heard many say that early detection is key in Keratoconus treatment, understanding that Keratoconus is a progressive condition which gets worse over time is the number one reason to seek early treatment. The longer you go without treatment the more detrimental the condition can become.
When you get regular screenings you are ensuring that you find conditions such as Keratoconus at an early enough stage to greatly improve your quality of vision and protect your eyes. In essence you are saying that your eyes matter to you. The progression of Keratoconus can be slowed greatly, even reversed in some cases. The benefits of the new advancements in treatments for Keratoconus are growing, and though they have been out for at least 10 years many are still showing more benefits today. Below are some of the new advanced treatments of Keratoconus. Take a look for yourself.
Blurred vision not improved by glasses or contacts
Frequent eye rubbing
Frequent changing of prescriptions
Glare or halos around lights making it difficult to drive at night
Increased sensitivity to light
Glasses or contact lenses – Changing prescriptions frequently may be needed
Holcomb C3-R ® – strengthens the cornea and slows/stops progression of Keratoconus
INTACS for Keratoconus – helps decrease the bulging cornea and improve vision
CK (Conductive Keratoplasty for astigmatism correction)
Intra Ocular Lenses – Visian ICL (insertable contact lens – permanent – no maintenance)
It is up to you to educate yourself. Ensuring that you find the questions you need to take care of yourself can improve not only the quality of your vision but also the quality of your life!
April 13th, 2017
A Diagnosis of Keratoconus is often a fearful experience. There are several reactions to this type of diagnosis but there are many ways to gather the information you need to handle and treat a diagnosis of Keratoconus. By first remembering that there are many advancements in treatments for Keratoconus and increased vision is an option for sufferers of Keratoconus.
Below are 3 more tips to remember after diagnosis of Keratoconus:
Discuss your diagnosis with your eye care professional: Your biggest hope for treatment of Keratoconus is to keep open communication with your eye care professional. Many patients get fearful and stop going, or don’t speak up about their feelings toward the diagnosis. This can jeopardize your chances of recovery considerably.
Find a doctor you are comfortable with: When you have a diagnosis like Keratoconus and your health is on the line it is important that you trust your doctor. You should not only feel comfortable with the doctor treating you but you should be able to ask questions and trust their decisions.
Do your own research: Don’t wait on someone else to do research. Educate yourself on the condition and options. If you have questions ask them. This is important to ensure you get the proper treatment. The doctor is their to assist & take care of you. They expect you will have questions and shouldn’t be surprised when you ask them. This will help you get a better overview of what you can expect in treating the condition, and in daily life.
March 22nd, 2017
A diagnoses of Keratoconus can be devastating to anyone however many advancements in the treatment of Keratoconus have brought new hope to Keratoconus patients including CK. CK or Conductive Keratoplasty is relatively new but was FDA approved in 2004. The treatment is used to help with irregular astigmatism and uses heat from radio waves instead of a laser to reshape the cornea.
In patients with Keratoconus the cornea starts to become irregular shaped which distorts the vision of the patient progressively over the course of years until the patient’s vision becomes so distorted it is difficult to see even with contacts or glasses. With this treatment the cornea is reshaped giving clearer vision to the patient and reducing the distorted vision.
CK often takes no longer than 5 minutes per eye and has a short recovery time for the patient with minimal discomfort. Most patients describe no more than a slight sandy feeling for a few hours after the procedure. Patient are advised to take a 4-5 hour nap after the procedure and upon wakening many patients have noticeably improved vision.
Below are a few Symptoms of Keratoconus:
- Excessive Rubbing of the eyes with our without itchy eyes
- Visual disturbances or distortion
- Glares or halos
- Squinting to see
- Seeing Double
Keratoconus affects thousands of people everyday. Understanding your treatment options for the treatment of Keratoconus and knowing that there is hope for you is the most important part of living with this progressive disease. Getting help early can reduce the damage of Keratoconus to your vision.
February 4th, 2017
Keratoconus is a progressive condition and sometimes runs in families. While just because you have it in your family doesn’t mean you will develop it, this can increase your risk of getting it. For those of you who have to have constant changes to your prescription may do well to visit a specialist in Keratoconus as this can be a sign of more serious conditions. There are several other symptoms but catching the condition early can help to improve your quality of vision and protect your vision in the future.
Delayed diagnosis of Keratoconus can cause the need for a corneal transplant which would require you to have a long and more painful recovery. New advancements in treatment of Keratoconus are improving the quality of vision for the patient as well as causing a large percentage to not require a corneal transplant in the future. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of Keratoconus:
- Blurred vision
- Frequent Prescription changes
- Sensitivity to light
- Poor night vision
- Straining of the eyes
- Sudden Cloudiness in your vision
Though there are many good eye doctors not all are using all the available options. Additionally make sure you are comfortable with your eye care professionals and be sure to let them know of any visual changes. It just might preserve your vision!
January 25th, 2017
With the New Year just beginning, we often feel the need to change and do something different. Resolutions are the focal point of our thoughts but we seldom add our vision care as something we focus on.
Most people think of losing weight, quitting smoking, and other health-related changes for their resolutions but thinking of your eyes early can prevent many conditions from arising in your future and improve the quality of your life now.
Below are 3 reasons to include your eyes in your New Year’s resolution:
1) Discover the Benefits of an Annual Checkup:
When considering a New Year’s resolution maybe it should be something as simple as getting your annual eye exam. This resolution is a simple appointment that is often overlooked or pushed back. This one day commitment can help you prevent future problems and identify additional health issues you may have that have not been discovered yet such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and even some types of cancer.
2) Avoiding Rapid Vision Loss:
If you have other underlying health conditions they can affect your vision quickly. You may not even realize it until it is too late. Getting an annual or bi-annual eye exam can lead to early detection of these problems and prevent them from getting worse.
3) Improving Your Quality of Vision:
There are several new treatments for various eye conditions that can improve your overall quality of vision. Treatments like Fortified LASIK, PRK, Visian ICL, CK and RejuvaVision can improve your quality of vision, and reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses.
Common Symptoms of Eye Conditions:
- Frequent Changes in Prescriptions
- Blurred Vision
- Frequent rubbing of the eye
- Halos/Glares around lights
- Poor or decreasing night vision
- Eye Pain
- Dry Eyes
November 8th, 2016
Over the past few years early detection has been stressed on several conditions including Diabetes, Heart Disease, and many other chronic conditions. But early detection with Keratoconus can improve the treatments and increase the patients’ rate of success on controlling this progressive eye disease.
Regular eye exams can improve your chances of higher quality of vision, and less chance of vision loss.
The benefits of the new advancements in treatments for Keratoconus are growing, and though they have been out for over 10 years many patients are still not aware of all the options.
Many patients have had improved quality of vision after being treated with these modern Keratoconus treatments. Ensuring your Keratoconus is caught early can help your eye care professional plan a more effective treatment strategy to help save your vision. Below are some of the modern advanced treatments for Keratoconus. Take a look for yourself.
Treatments for Keratoconus:
- Holcomb C3-R®/Cornea Collagen Crosslinking/CXL
- INTACS for Keratoconus
- IOL’s or Phakic Intra Ocular Lenses (Visian ICL)
Will early detection lead to a cure?
No, it simply means that you will stabilize your vision and in some cases improve the quality of your vision.
The importance of monitoring and discuss treatment early when it comes to Keratoconus is of the utmost importance.
For those of you with family histories of Keratoconus early detections can help you regain your life and peace of mind.
Understand what Keratoconus is and what you are truly up against, before you find out your condition has progressed to far. After all it is your vision and your responsibility to ensure it lasts.
Watch 13 year old Brianna discuss her experience with Keratoconus Treatments