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A 43-year-old male asked:
i am 43 yrs old and was told i might have keratoconus when i was 30. my vision is showing the normal signs of age. should i be doing anything special?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Recheck: Keratoconus is progressive. You should get repeated examinations by an ophthalmologist (preferably, the same one over time).
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Keratoconus is a progressive weakening of the cornea. Although not "curable", it may be slowed by gas permeable contact lenses ("hard" lenses), riboflavin, and certainly avoid rubbing the eyes. Itchy or dry eyes should be treated with drops, never rubbing.Laser vision correction is contraindicated.There are new surgical techniques awaiting fda approval to help stabilize and maybe even improve it.
LASIK Surgery 29 years experience
See your doctor: There are newer technologies that can determine whether you have keratoconus - one is called pentacam. 13 years ago, we have a basic technology called topography, but newer topography units as well as pentacam, orbscan, etc can better diagnose your condition.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Hi. I am a keratoconus patient. My vision is a 20/2200 and 20/2400. I never been able to keep a job, so do I qualify for SSI?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Ask your doctor how : Incapacitated or disabled you truly are. The process is lengthy & cumbersome for doctor and patients & requires stacks of proof that a person needs to qualify. Unless you are a child with mental retardation, then the process is streamlined.Blind people with no vision work at jobs that don't and require sight, just audio. Deaf and mentally retarded work too. So you'd have to prove your case worthy.
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