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Date: Sun Apr 8 10:00 PM, 2007
How KC is like tooth decay
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12 reasons why taking care of keratoconic eyes is like taking care of your teeth:

1) Cleaning the contacts is like brushing your teeth, and the former takes even less time, especially if you brush more than once a day.

2) Putting the contacts on/off is no more unpleasant than flossing. Some say that flossing is a lot more unpleasant.

3) Adjusting to contacts is like adjusting to a brace.


4) You visit an ophthalmologist about the same number of times per year as you visit a dentist (1-2 unless there is trouble). A dentist often offers you a more comfortable chair too.

5) Progression of cavities can be just as unpredictable as that of keratoconus, and getting new contacts is better than getting new fillings (think chart versus drill!).


6) The combined cost of all the contacts-related liquids is of the same order of magnitude as the combined cost of tooth paste, anti-plaque liquid, dental floss and breath mints

7) You should replace your toothbrush about as often as contacts' storage case.

8) You have to carry all that stuff with you on every trip.

9) Loosing your eyesight may seriously impediment at least 3 daily activities: driving, reading, and watching TV. Loosing your teeth may seriously impediment at least 3 daily activities: eating, talking and smiling.

10) In both cases, no matter how careful and determined you are, there may come a time when you'll need a "transplant". Fitting the dentures and adjusting to them is often more difficult than RGPs.

11) In both cases there can be a sudden painful episode, requiring a prompt (possibly surgical) intervention.

12) Both conditions aren't readily covered by medical insurance (if at all).

So the next time you think about all the hassle of dealing with RGPs and other KC-related stuff, just remind yourself that it's not so different from something you've been doing all along, will have to do no matter what, and every person on Earth has to deal with too.


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thanks that is good

yes its important to get kc in perspective..i resolve from here on in never to moan about kc or eye problems..

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I have two things to say. 1. Oh, dear...if that was so easy! 2. You are right: even x_linking looks like a modern teeth material photopolimerisation technique!smile

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Date: Mon Nov 5 6:53 PM, 2007
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Not true.

If I feel I need to clean my teeth more than twice due to eating certain foods I can still eat. Should I need to wear my contacts for longer, possibly wont be able to see the next day.

I can eat after going to the dentist, flossing, or brushing my teeth. I can't see straight after taking lenses out, not good at work.

Brushing my teeth doesn't irritate my mouth, RGPs irritate my eyes.

Brushing protects and prolongs the use of my teeth. Evidence suggests RGPs can cause damage and they can even increase the speed in which my eyes deteriorate, not to mention they don't prevent anything at all.


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Not true yourself smile

> If I feel I need to clean my teeth more than twice due
> to eating certain foods I can still eat.

You can clean your contacts asšoften as you need and put them back on. Same thing. I've donešthat on more than one occasion.

> Should I need to wear my contacts for longer, possibly
> wont be able to see the next day.

That's news to me. Never experienced any discomfort caused by excessive wear on the previous day. In any case, the dental analogy of contacts are braces and dentures, not brushing. That, actually,šapplies to mostšof your comments.

> I can eat after going to the dentist, flossing, or
> brushing my teeth.

You can use the contacts after going tošthe ophthalmologist. In fact, you can use them in his office as well, while you normally wouldn't be able to eat in the dentist's office.šMoreover, if the dentist gives youša new filling, you shouldn't be eating for hours.

> I can't see straight after taking lenses out, not good at work.

You can't eat straight without dentures. You can't talk straight after removing a brace.

> Brushing my teeth doesn't irritate my mouth, RGPs
> irritate my eyes.

What about flossing? Irritates my mouth like hell.
But again, dentures and braces - the real analogy of RGPsš- do irritate the mouth.

> Brushing protects and prolongs the use of my teeth.
> Evidence suggests RGPs can cause damage and they
> can even increase the speed in which my eyes
> deteriorate, not to mention they don't prevent anything
> at all.

A similarly credibleš"evidence" suggests that RGPsšdo protect the cornea and slow down the progression of KC. Either claim remains largely unproven. The current consensus, as far as I know, is that RGPs can damage the cornea only if fitted/used incorrectly. The same applies to brushing. There are a lot of documented cases, where excessive brushing destroyed the gums and teeth. Tryšbrushing forš10-12 hours straight every day and see how "protective" and "prolonging" it really is. Even more interesting, this damage occurs largely due to hard toothbrushes, just as contacts-related damage is attributed to hard contacts.

In any case, all this is irrelevant. The idea here is to show that KC and tooth decay create a similar general impression of hassle, the difference being that we are more used to the dental thing.
There doesn't have to be a perfect match for such purpose.


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