If you have keratoconus, you are not alone. Hearing other people's experiences can be very helpful when you are determining the nest step in your journey.
The following article features the personal reactions of people who have been diagnosed with keratoconus, and their experiences in finding the proper treatment. We hope that readers will benefit from the positive reactions of those who have seen drastic improvements in their vision and emotional well-being following treatment.
From reading people's testimonials, the immediate reaction to being diagnosed with keratoconus is (understandably) fear of going blind. Fortunately, blindness from keratoconus is rare. And although there is no cure to date, there are many excellent medical interventions to stop the progression and improve vision, including specialty contact lenses, corneal cross-linking surgery, and in rare instances corneal transplants.
In this degenerative eye disease, the clear external cornea becomes brittle and thin and starts bulging into a cone-like shape, hence the "CONUS" in the name. As a result of this alteration, light rays are not properly sent to the retina, and vision becomes blurred or distorted. This condition usually occurs in both eyes, although there are occasions when only one eye is affected. The challenges are that sometimes the condition remains the same for years, while other times progression is quicker. Not every treatment option works as well on certain people
Some common signs of keratoconus people report experiencing include:
The challenge is that these symptoms often mimic those of other eye complications, and sometimes manifests slowly. Professional testing is critical for an early diagnosis and implementation of a treatment plan.
Technological advances provide people with more treatment options for all stages of keratoconus. Although individual challenges can be frustrating and different among the population, the overall sense is that people are excited with the available options today, and the ability to attain better vision following implementation of the available corrective measures. These include people utilizing the following interventions:
The benefit of people who have experience dealing with this condition is that they can share the knowledge they've acquired. The following recommendations may prove useful:
The overall experiences of people being treated today for keratoconus are positive. Understandably, it can be frustrating at first when trying to determine the best type of treatment (or combination). Fortunately, there are several excellent options today, and many people are very impressed with their improved vision. You can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit to schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.