Keratoconus is an eye disease related to the disfiguring of the cornea. People who suffer from it experience distorted vision, redness, and swelling in the eye and glare, among other things. While these symptoms aren’t only related to Keratoconus, if you are experiencing all or any of them, it is advised that you consult an ophthalmologist.
Unfortunately, Keratoconus is a progressive disease which only worsens with time if not properly taken care of or treated in time. Here are a few things which you should avoid if you do not wish to contribute towards the worsening of your Keratoconus.
Another known cause of progression of Keratoconus is overexposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun. People suffering from Keratoconus develop sensitivity towards direct sunlight as well as glare. While long-term exposure to sunlight is also dangerous for healthy people, for someone with Keratoconus, it can be fatal for their corneas. If you spend long hours under direct sunlight, always keep your eyes protected. Consult your doctor about the right type of lens to suit your condition and purchase a pair of sunglasses from a quality vendor.
Contact lenses are also a significant factor that contributes towards worsening the condition of your already damaged cornea. People suffering from Keratoconus require contact lenses that fit perfectly on their cornea. Otherwise, the ill-fitting lens can hurt the already scratched part of the cornea by rubbing against it. Since the cornea is very thin, it doesn’t take much to damage it severely. However, regardless of the severity of the damage, an ill-fitting lens can add to the already damaged cornea of a person with Keratoconus. Make sure you always use lenses that fits you correctly and do not cause any irritation.
Eye irritation makes Keratoconus worse due to multiple reasons like allergies, dust particles, chronic skin condition and medicinal side effects. All of these conditions can lead to your eyes feeling dry, itchy and turning red. If you face such a situation and feel compelled to rub your eyes to seek relief, avoid doing that at all costs. We will discuss the consequences of rubbing your eyes below. However, you do not have to suffer the irritation in your eyes. For quick and harmless relief place a cold washcloth or an ice pack over your eyes until the irritation subsides. If you suffer from any or all of these conditions regularly and also have Keratoconus, consult your doctor immediately.
Another major factor behind the worsening of Keratoconus, if not the biggest, is weakening of collagen. Collagen is a protein fibre that helps the cornea keep its dome-like shape and holds it from bulging. But as the collagen becomes weak, the fibres containing the cornea break, letting it disfigure and bulge into a cone shape. While it is a cause of Keratoconus, the weakening collagen also allows the disease to progress and keep worsening. Weak collagen does affect not only your eyes but also other parts of the body. There is no quick-fix for this, and you need to visit a doctor for the treatment of this condition.
It is essential for you as a patient of Keratoconus to manage it properly if you wish to keep it from worsening day after day. The best course of action for that includes regular visits to your preferred keratoconus specialist. It will help in monitoring its progression and finding the right solution that helps in keeping the progress to a minimum. The solutions vary depending on how bad is the condition of your eye. Bear in mind, that a Keratoconus patient faces difficulty in focusing his sight because of the structural changes to his cornea. Also, a keratoconus patient requires regular eye examination most of their life. You mustn’t let those visits become a bother if you want to keep your condition from getting worse.
Rubbing Your Eyes
Rubbing eyes is an activity that most of us are guilty of doing albeit subconsciously. While the action of rubbing eyes in itself is quite harmless, if done with even the slightest of force, it can damage or scratch your cornea. To avoid this from happening, you need to train your subconscious self to refrain from rubbing your eyes at all costs. Other things, like itchy eyes, can also compel you to rub your eyes. Best way to avoid that from happening is to control your allergies, especially the ones that give you red eyes. You should also keep your eyes covered at all times to prevent dust particles from entering them.