Little Things: Holiday Lights without Keratoconus Halos

My latest observation about the little things that are different since my DALK corneal transplant surgery comes this holiday season.  This year, I’m seeing holiday lighting as it’s mean to be seen – with pinpoints of color.   Not only were they hard to see with Keratoconus, but I was unable to drive around at…

Tip for Corneal Suture Removal Antibiotics – Saving a few bucks

When you are in recovery from corneal transplant, your doctor will begin removing sutures – a few at a time each visit (providing everything is going well.)  Each time you leave you’ll be asked to drop antibiotics for 3-4 days several times per day.   A tiny amount, all in all. The tip I have…

Corneal Transplant Surgery – 8-month Follow Up – Steroids to Stop in 6 Weeks.

Today I went in to Cincinnati Eye Institute for my 8-month follow up with Doctor Edward Holland.   The visit followed the same routine as before – corneal surface scan, vision check, pressure check, doctor chat, and suture removal. My vision is not changed much – and the topography showed that my astigmatism has shifted axis, and Dr. Holland…

Anime, Manga, Pop-Star Contact Lenses – A great way to damage your cornea

My daughter is totally into Anime and Manga characters, so I’m going to pass this through to my readers…  Please share this with those you know with tweens or teens. Postscript:  Apparently these lenses are now making their way into the child pageant circuit.  Unbelievable!!! FDA issues warning about decorative contact lenses Silver Spring, MD…

DALK Checkup – A Few New Nuggets of Info

Well, today was a routine checkup.  Topography, pressure check, eye test.  Pretty much the same as the last time.  Dr. Holland removed two sutures as we continue “suture roulette.”   The graft looks great, and we’re right “on track.” I did learn a couple of things today: Peak rejection time is 8 months out from…

Allergy Season, Ughhh!

    The eyes are itching something awful right now.    I think the Restasis is helping my grafted eye stay less itchy than my ungrafted one.  Eye rubbing has been partially implicated as a cause for Keratoconus, so those of us who suffer with allergies must remain vigilant – possibly even wearing glasses as…

Corneal Transplant Grafts and Autumn Allergies

Well, I looked at my iPhone Allergy App today and it says 10 out of 12 “Very High” for ragweed pollen – my nemesis.   Lexington is the Allergy Capital of the USA (at least in Spring,) and ragweed is the worst.  I take a daily Zyrtec which helps a lot, but several weeks out of…

Little Things #3: Ability To Really Get Back into Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in Kentucky is generally called “Cross Country” riding.  The terrain is made up of undulating hills usually 150-200 feet maximum.  A good 10 mile ride will take several hours and offers a tremendous upper and lower body workout.  It’s more like cross country skiing than downhill skiing for lack of a better example. …

5-month DALK Follow Up – 20/30 Corrected Vision – 5 sutures out!

Had a very good 5-month visit today where 5 sutures were removed.  We’re playing “suture roulette” now, chasing the astigmatism around my cornea. My astigmatism went from 9 diopters to 4 diopters, which is excellent.  I’m now seeing 20/30 corrected!   The graft is also healing very well.  My steroidal dose was cut in half and…

Another Appointment Friday

This is a really short update to let everyone know I’m doing fine.  I have another appointment Friday with Dr. Holland when I assume he’ll do another topography and remove more sutures.   I’ll report back then with a usual update.  My only concern is eye pressure, but I’ve been diligent at meds and hope…