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Date: Sat Dec 15 8:13 PM, 2012
Cause of Keratoconus
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Hello everyone,I am 28,I was diagnosed with KC almost 2 years ago on my right eye and a month after I had Cross linking surgery.

Ok so I have a question.Could KC be caused by exposure to welding flame? I was exposed to flame when I was working in a factory 6 years ago,since no one from management cared much about work safety issues and we were not really allowed to wear masks,a few hours after exposure  my eyes swallowed,felt burning all over my face and incredible pain,I couldn t even close my eyes,rivers of tears coming from my eyes,I was rushed to a hospital and It took me weeks to fully recover.

Problems with vision(as I can remeber) started 2 years after this accident so is there a connection with this story and keratoconus,could this be the cause?

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Date: Sun Dec 16 9:39 PM, 2012
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Dailychaos,

Trauma such as eye rubbing, contact lens wear, Lasik...has been connected to causing the cornea to bulge outwards, so the trauma you received may well of triggered the same for you....particularly if you touched your eye alot or strongly by way of eye rubbing after the event you describe. You may well of had sub-clinical (un-detected) Keratoconus and the trauma from the event could have caused your Keratoconus to progress.

However KC is relatively rare and the the event of the welding flame is rare with in this contecxt so there is no direct proven link as the cause of KC and its progression is not wholly known, but I have heard of a similar story before.

Keep your good eye monitored with corneral topographyt and your worser eye (CXL eye) too. I hope your able to wear glasses fpor the worser eye and if not some type of contact lens comfortably. You have become more suitable for contact lemns wear for your worser eye as it now crosslinkined.

You have done well to have that eye crosslinking.

Keep us updated and mind how you go.

Debby



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Date: Sun Feb 17 9:31 PM, 2013
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Thank you for your answer and support Debby

Since I had been diagnosed with Kc I tried to find out more answers about it since it looks like a mysterious eye disorder.

I wear glasses now but only for my left eye( the one without Kc) for my right eye its only a normal glass lens with no lens value,like the glass from a window.Like I said in another post don t know why the doctor has prescribed this.I can read without glasses,a little bit difficult but I can do it but the problem is I get tired a lot with or without glasses and get some bad headaches.

Another thing is when I get really tired,my eyes turn red,get really itchy and tears come out of my eyes like I m crying,this lasts for about 5-10 minutes stops and then starts again after 2-3 hours,when I use water to clear my eyes it stops but I cannot always do that for example when I m on the move.I thought also that maybe it has something to do with using any form of transportation whether it s a car or a train,cause this is when it usually happens but it s not a rule sometimes it happens when I wake up.Could it be an infection? Also I use Systane eye drops.

Another question:how often should I see the eye doctor for monitoring my eyes? I was scheduled for an appointment next month but I don t know if I can make it depending on my work status,last time I saw my doctor was 6 months ago

Again thanks Deb,and to all healthy recovery,



Drew





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Date: Tue Feb 19 8:23 AM, 2013
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No worrys Drew...find out please why your eyes get red and water and get back to us on it.

Six months to a year is a good rule of thumb to follow however this can be more depending on your Drs advice. Keep to your up and coming appointment or change it to a time thats best for you. The company you work for should work around your health care needs and as otherwise it will just mean there will be more sick leave taken!

Debby



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