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Date: Sun Jan 3 12:14 PM, 2016
Sports & keratoconus
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I thought that I would post this to try and get people's experience with how sports effects their keratoconus. For years I have been a gym enthusiast including powerlifting and weight lifting. I also play rugby quite frequently. I am aware that these activities will raise the Intra Ocular Pressure within the eye but is this really enough to speed the progression of keratoconus? My consultant says it does not and I am fine to carry on with these activities. But this is only one school of thought and the other side of the coin is that it can speed the progression. 

During activities I feel fine, no blur no dizziness, eyes become occasionally blood shot but this is few and far between. I am unsure what to believe as any decision is a big life choice for me. As far as I am aware there aren't any studies done on the subject. What is other peoples experience with this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.



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Date: Sun Jan 3 8:39 PM, 2016
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There are references on lasik enduced ectasia being affected by eye pressure. Its studied a lot due to it being a nightmare for Lasik Drs (the patients may of had KC to begin with)

Also, Its not accurate how they test for eye pressure in weakened corneas. The mechanical strength o the cornea needs to be factored in The OPA (Ocular Response Analyzer) is such a machine that can do this but only a few clinics have it.



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Date: Mon Jan 4 2:21 AM, 2016
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Its an important question however its had to catch KC progression in real time and also noye if at any one point eye pressure had increased and link the two together.

I would say to carry on as you would..we cant have KC dictate to us how we life. I would have thought after Crosslinking the cornea would be of more normal strength and it would not matter either way.

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Date: Thu Jan 7 7:02 PM, 2016
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You're correct, there aren't many studies on the matter of sports and keratoconus. The largest risk that keratoconus carries is the risk of corneal scarring. Since the cornea is in a weakened state, it has an increased likelihood of scarring secondary to trauma. For sports, especially contact sports like rugby, I definitely recommend wearing goggles and eye protection. For rugby right now there is a trial period where if your coach signs up for the trial, you may be eligible to wear goggles during the sport. http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/goggles I currently work in Washington, DC and have one of my patients that has signed up for that trial and we are in the process of getting him approved for rugby goggles (he is also a teammate of mine). So make sure that if you are participating in any sport, you wear proper impact resistant (for the particular sport) sport goggles!

All the best,

Keith 



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Date: Wed Mar 21 5:39 PM, 2018
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Hello. Sorry for my English. I'm from Russia. I love gymnastics. Can I do with keratoconus?

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Date: Fri Mar 23 9:33 PM, 2018
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Is there a risk of a blow to the eye during gymnastics? If so, it would be advisable to wear goggles to protect your eyes. Would goggles interfere with needed vision during gymnastics?

Do you need to wear contact lenses to have the vision necessary to perform gymnastics? Do your contact lenses have a tendency to pop out? Maybe you need goggles to catch a contact lens if it pops out? Would you be in danger if you lost a contact lens while performing gymnastics? 

As long as you can safely get the vision needed to perform gymnastics, I don't think keratoconus should stop you from doing what you love. Good luck!



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Date: Mon Jul 23 7:01 AM, 2018
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Hi there, be careful with sports activities and you will be fine

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