New Sub-lingual Ragwitek medicine therapy started for 2015 season

I’ve started using the daily Ragweed therapy that you put under your tongue, called Ragwitek.  The medicine is powerful – my tougue and gums near the site I put it swelled up and such for the first week or so, then things settled down.

All’s well with the eyes – and I’m hoping that this year’s Ragweed season will be easier on me also.

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


Allergies and DALK Transplant – 2014 Season

Well, I’m following in my Dad’s footsteps and my ragweed allergy has increase a lot since last year. Luckily this year it has been mostly nasal, coughing, throat irritation and not as much on the eyes. Still, I’ve played it safe and wore glasses through the worst of it. I’m using’s app to monitor as it seems much more accurate than Zyrtec’s app or

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After first frost, I’m going to get immunotherapy treatments. Hoping it will be tablets or under-the-tongue type, but will need to get tested. I’m waiting because it requires that you have 5-7 days free from antihistamines, and right now, that’s a non-starter. After first frost, ragweed pollen will plummet.

I’ve become more formalized in my contact lens swaps… using my phone appointments reminder to time them and track notes about how they feel at several phases.

Otherwise… eyes are great!

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Diary Entries


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Kindle Paperwhite for Limited Vision Persons

I’ve received several notes asking how things are going. All is well! Eye and vision are fine, but I’m having to use readers more often for small text.

I recently got a Kindle paperwhite…and I’d highly recommend that for Keratoconus patients! You can zoom up on most content and the contrast is amazing. The battery lasts forever and the choices of books is huge.  I wish I’d had this when my Karatoconus was really bad.


You can get yours here.


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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Diary Entries, Tips



My DALK graft checkup – Corrected to 20/15 and Next Appt in 1-year

I just visited Dr. Holland again for a checkup.  I had a topography taken and the staff found that I was correctable to 20/15… yes… 15.   Dr. Holland said that cases like mine put to rest that vision cannot be as sharp for DALK patients.   I wore my glasses to this appointment, and corrected to 20/20 with those.

My graft is quiet and my eye pressure and corneal thickness are fine.  Dr. Holland reminded me of what to look for – light sensitivity and redness in the left eye only.  I watch it like a hawk.  He said I’m out of the major rejection period, but to always assume rejection when symptoms emerge “until proven otherwise.”

I’m to keep using Restasis 2x per day (indefinitely) … I learn a bit more each visit about how beneficial these drops are to preventing rejection.  Expensive but worth it, and better than steroids for someone like me who responds to them with increased eye pressure.

No more appointments for 1 year unless needed.



Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Diary Entries, Dr. Visits, Recovery


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A Mild Corneal Abrasion Caused By Trying New Contacts

fluorescein eye exam - Google Search - Google Chrome_2013-12-10_13-30-40Well the question as to whether my grafted cornea has fully regrown its nerves has been answered with a resounding “YES”

I have been hoping to make the transition to “regular” contacts and so have been testing a series provided to me by my fitter.  Two of the types of lenses were “too tight” meaning that they did not move around the eye enough and were difficult to get out.

It seems that during one of the tests, where the lens was sticking in one place through the day, I caused an microscopic abrasion on my cornea.  I had started feeling a persistent burning/lash sensation on my graft and, being a hyper-vigilant paranoid patient, went in to see Dr. Koffler.  He applied florescence and at first didn’t see anything. But after a few moments he found a minor abrasion in the middle of the grafted cornea and concluded this was the source of my discomfort. The graft looked fine, by the way.


I took a break from the lenses, applied Muro 128 and have settled back into using the “custom” 3-month lenses I was originally using, but with an updated prescription.

Everything is fine now as we move into the holidays.

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Diary Entries


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3-D Movies after Corneal Transplant

With Keratoconus in my left eye, I had pseudo-3d vision.  My right eye was doing the lions share of sharp vision, while my left eye was trying hard to give a blurry depth to it all.  But for the most part, I was monocular.

When my wife, kids and I had popped in to a “Bug’s Life in 3D” movie at Disney around 10 years ago, I could not see the effects.  I had since looked at a 3d movie or two on TV and still, nothing.



But since my surgery, I’m fully binocular.  So my wife and I decided to go see “Gravity” in 3D last night.  You might say it’s the first 3D movie I’ve seen since, well, ever.  It was a lot of fun to wear the glasses and see the various objects spinning outside the screen.  The movie was pretty good (I got hung up on how Sandra Bullocks’ escape pod was pointing in the right direction when she fired the thrusters and other physics problems) and I enjoyed the evening with my wife.

I look forward to seeing the new Hobbit movie or other 3d movies soon.

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Little Things That are Better


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Little Things: Glasses after Corneal Transplant (That Work!)


A short post today.  With the sutures coming out slowly over time, it’s always been my choice to put off getting a new eyeglasses prescription.

With lenses being so expensive, and insurance limitations, it hardly made sense to pay for a new left lens every few months as my vision (astigmatism) was altered by the process.  I was already tweaking expensive contacts to follow the “suture roulette”, so I chose to hold off on the glasses.

Well, with all sutures out and a month of stabilization, I’ve finally got new lenses for my Oakley glasses.  It’s amazing to have spectacles that correct nearly as well as my contacts – and liberating.  I can now feel more confident on driving holidays where I might find myself at the wheel longer than my lens wear time allows.  And I can easily drive should a mid-night emergency happen.

Scott Clark

With allergies wreaking havoc on both eyes this Fall, I may choose to wear the glasses more often, allowing me to use eye drop antihistamines anytime I need them, avoiding the drowsiness that comes with their oral equivalent.

I cannot remember when I last had glasses that worked so well – but I’d guess it’s been nearly 15 years.

So, yet another little thing that the DALK surgery has brought me, more than two years later.


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