Can an optician diagnose keratoconus?

Can an optician diagnose keratoconus?

Optometrists have long been responsible for the non-surgical visual rehabilitation of keratoconus patients and with little additional training can gain the skills required to diagnose keratoconus and monitor patients for progression.

How do I know if my keratoconus is progressing?

Some symptoms of keratoconus may change as the disease progresses. These signs include: Blurred vision. Light sensitivity.

What do you need to know about Keratoconus ( KC )?

Keratoconus (KC) is a disorder of the eye which results in progressive thinning of the cornea. This may result in blurry vision, double vision, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and light sensitivity. Usually both eyes are affected. In more severe cases a scarring or a circle may be seen within the cornea.

How much money can you make with keratoconus?

According to the findings of the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK), people who have keratoconus could be expected to pay more than $25,000 over their lifetime post-diagnosis, with a standard deviation of $19,396.

When does a person with keratoconus start puberty?

Patients with keratoconus typically present initially with mild astigmatism and myopia, commonly at the onset of puberty, and are diagnosed by the late teenage years or early 20s.

What is the degree of curvature of keratoconus?

Once keratoconus has been diagnosed, its degree may be classified by several metrics: The steepness of greatest curvature from ‘mild’ (< 45 D), ‘advanced’ (up to 52 D) or ‘severe’ (> 52 D);

How is refraction used to diagnose keratoconus?

Refraction, keratometry, corneal topography and slit- lamp (bio-microscopy) examination helps in reaching to the diagnosis of keratoconus. Refraction: Patients with keratoconus often report blurring/impairment of vision due to progressive myopia and irregular astigmatism.

How is keratoconus differentiated according to its severity?

Orbscan corneal topography system and Oculus Pentacam which provides both topography and pachymetry maps are particularly useful in making a diagnosis. Keratoconus is differentiated according to severity of disease as well as shape of cornea. Conical shapes of cornea are differentiated as:

How often should keratoconus be checked in children?

There are different ways, but the most common is called corneal topography. The doctor snaps a photo of your cornea and checks it closely. Children of parents with keratoconus should have one every year starting at age 10. How Is It Treated? You’ll probably start with new glasses.

Is there a way to stop the progression of keratoconus?

If your keratoconus is progressing, corneal collagen cross-linking might be indicated to slow or stop the progression. This is a newer treatment that has the potential to prevent you from needing a cornea transplant in the future. However, this treatment does not reverse keratoconus or improve vision.