Thoughts on Organ and Tissue Donation

On Monday or Tuesday, someone is going to die. A man, a woman, older or younger, black, white, Asian, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Gay, Straight…. someone will be lost.. Thanks to a 10 second investment, signing a donor card or answering a donation question, an eye will be harvested, sent to an eye bank and the…

Corneal Transplant Countdown – 1 week to go

It’s been a good week.  The signs of Spring are all around Kentucky.  If there is a more beautiful place to be in the Spring than Kentucky, I’ve not found it.  Soon foals will be visible in the plank-wood fields in the rural parts of the state and Lexington’s downtown will get busier during the…

Examples of Keratoconic Vision Simulations

I did a bit of searching for good examples of how life looks when you have Keratoconus… Here are the images I found.   Some images weren’t credited… so if you are the creator/artist/photographer and I have used an image you would like removed, please make contact with me.

2 Weeks To Go – Pre-surgery Physical

Had my pre-surgical physical today in Lexington at Baptist Family Medicine Clinic – with my long-time family MD. No surprises. I am healthy and should be good to go. Blood test, a few questions, and I was out of there. Scale was friendly – showing I’d dropped 11 lbs. Blood pressure was completely normal –…

Finally… Some Good Pictures of my Cone

Well, I set out today to take a good quality picture of my cone, and managed to do it (after 20-30 tries) with my iPhone4.    It’s not easy getting the alignment right. Alas… you now see the culprit.  A ugly, lumpy cornea with a bulge at the bottom.   If you zoom these, the cone is…

Keratoconus and Eye Rubbing – Which came First?

The idea that Keratoconus is caused by eye rubbing has been around a while.  I’ve talked with 5-6 corneal surgeons and they’ve had differing opinions on it.   There was consensus that one should be more safe than sorry and advise kids to avoid hard eye rubbing – and to treat the underlying condition.   My daughter’s…

Keratoconus can make the cornea ultra-sensitive

Yesterday, I had a bad “removal” event with my lens. When taking out my semi-sclarel lens, something didn’t go right.  Either I didn’t pre-lube it enough or just had a bad angle.  The removal does something to the nerve endings of the cornea and “whap” – pain!    I can pretty much count on it hurting…

Surgery Countdown – Less than 3 weeks

Well, as the days tick by, I’m becoming more acutely aware of my forthcoming date with Dr. Holland.  I’ve began to plan things a bit for those 2-3 weeks after the surgery when I’m certain not to be at my best. getting a physical. informing clients of my absence. scaling down work schedule for the…

Thoughts on Semi Scleral Lenses

It’s been a year now since I tried wearing a type of Semi Scleral lens… it’s a 14MM lens, so larger than most soft lenses, but not as large as a full-scale scleral.  It’s like a really large RGP in a way.  I was unable to use hybrid lenses such as Synergeyes – as I…

Keratoconus’ Effect On Life #1

As I look down my Facebook events a moment ago, I see the following: Not attending Not attending Not attending Not attending Almost imperceptively, Keratoconus has given me an impulsive “can’t go” reaction to everything that happens after 8PM.   I know my eyes will be hurting and dry by then, and will want to stay…