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Glitz and Beauty Pageant Colored Contacts – from Convenience Stores!

Someone just sent this to me.   I was going to post a photo, but have decided not to.

“In glitz pageants, you will see the use of hairpieces, heavy make-up, deep spray tans, fake teeth (called flippers), false eyelashes, and colored contacts worn by the majority of the contestants.”

She went on to say that mothers are putting these lenses on kids under 8 years old.  And some kids are even losing their sight.  Many are bought in discount shops or… wait for it…. gas stations.

“So, we’ve seen these kids go through a lot of torture primping: spray tans, shellacked locks, pinned-on wigs, waxed eyebrows, glued-on eyelashes and shoved-in flippers. But tonight stacks the deck: Colored contact lenses. “Maybe I’m a little bit too young to have contacts,” Desiree tearfully notes as her coach, Miss Chambrie, attempts to stick the purely cosmetic lenses into the kid’s eyes with her French-manicured talons.”

Stop the madness.  This is child endangerment.  

 

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Diary Entries

 

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Little Things: Autumn Colors in Kentucky

And without warning, seemingly overnight, Autumn has reached Kentucky.  Our trees now begin their show and we head into our relatively mild winters here.

With my new eyesight, I’ve enjoyed autumn this year more than usual.  I’ve spent days outside on weekends with my hobby and taken in every minute detail.

It’s so much more than sharpness – it’s color saturation that comes with the new eyes.

Blog Theme Update

It’s also been a long time since I’ve updated the blog’s look.  So I hope you like the new theme I’ve chosen moving us into the cooler months.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Little Things That are Better

 

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Quick Update: No News is Good News

Hello to everyone. I’ve been getting email asking how things are going so I thought I’d post a quick update and catch everyone up. The site is seeing quite a bit of traffic

First of all, I am still wearing the soft, custom lens on my grafted eye. I’m still very pleased with it. I went ahead and ordered a couple of pair of them which should keep me going until my next appointment with Dr. Holland. If he removes sutures, my prescription is likely to change some – so I don’t want to have expensive lenses I just throw away (these lenses last 3 months.)  My vision is about the same as it was in July.  Not pin-prick-perfect, but very close.   With my right eye working with the grafted one, I have great vision.

I’m so happy with the night driving. We took a trip to Atlanta last week and I did a lot of night driving then. It was wonderful to be able to just drive on and get the trip done while others snoozed in the car.  We were going to dragon*con, and while we were there I noticed that many of the attendees in costume were wearing those weird colored contact lenses.  I shuddered to think about the damage they could do being in there for 18+ hours a day.

My allergies have been a bit of an issue, but nothing like last year. I’m taking daily allergy meds and my eyes don’t get very itchy anymore.  I take a daily Zyrtec as I’ve mentioned before.

I’m still compulsive about protecting my graft and it’s paid off recently. The other day an extension cord in my garage came down and whacked me on my safety glasses covering the grafted eye! Anytime I’m doing yard, garage or basement work, I wear something.  I think it would have hit me in the eye directly!

I don’t have that much news beyond this.

Keep the comments and questions coming – I’m happy to try to answer them.

image by Tjerk Zweers used under creative commons CC:Attribution 2.0 Generic.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Diary Entries, Recovery

 

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Tiny Update: Soft Lenses Rock

photo (CC) Kate Ter Haar

My newest set of soft lenses are amazing.  Comfortable (16 hours+) and I can see pretty well.  Not quite as crisp as the RGP, but the comfort trade-off is worth it.  My overall vision is amazing.

I’ve ordered a few of these lenses ($50 per pair) which are custom crafted for my topography.  I’m not wanting to order too many because the shape of my eye will probably change a bit more if sutures come out, etc.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Recovery, Vision Improvements

 

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Little Things: Stargazing

I just went on a 2 week family vacation to CA.  Lots of night driving.  Not a peep out of my contact lens, and never any pain at all and wore them for 14+ hours daily.   We went to Yosemite and at 5000 feet elevation, found a remote field and just went stargazing for a few hours with my kids.  Did you know that most kids never see a starry night?  It was the first time I’d done this since cornea transplant surgery – and it was wonderful.  I had my new soft lens in place and each star was a pinprick.  Meteors, satellites and more.   I imagined my donor out there somewhere.  I think we might join a stargazing group in Lexington.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Little Things That are Better

 

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DALK Transplant – Stellar Follow Up + New Soft Lens Trial

photo: Logan Ingalls

Well, it’s been a good week for my DALK recovery.  I went back to Dr. Holland for my graft checkup and he said it was perfect.  I also corrected to 20/20 on their refraction gear.  I had already ordered a new, special soft contact (see last post) and was not able to take it with me to Dr. Holland.  He wasn’t bothered by that and said that if the soft lens worked for me, it would be fine for my eye.

The downside to the soft lens (at least the first one I tried) is it corrected me only slightly better than 20/30.  This means there is room for improvement.  But the comfort is … amazing!   The fitter (Tamra at Dr. Koffler’s office here in Lexington) seems to think that I should wear it for a week and then we may want to correct the power to hit near 20/20.

Other questions answered:

  • Sutures:  We’ll take them out if they degrade.  Otherwise, he said, leave them in for now.
  • Graft Fragility:  I had lots of anxiety about the graft’s fragility, but Dr. Holland told me to quit worrying.  It would take a severe trauma to disturb the graft now that it’s healed up.
  • Rejection Period:  I’m exiting the prime rejection period for DALK.
  • Glasses:  Dr. Holland said to go ahead and make the lenses for glasses.
  • PRK/Lasik is still an option if we cannot make contacts work.   Insurance won’t pay for that in KY (or OH.)
  • If we run into suture issues (e.g. one breaks) we will remove them all at once.
  • He said it was right to stop wearing the RGPs if they were hurting.  He said I should be pain free and use whatever gives that to me.

Exciting!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Dr. Visits, Recovery, Surgery-Story

 

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Trying Different RGPs – My lens tolerance is only a few hours.

Well, as usual, this is going to take some trial and error!

I have tried three different RGPs (Essilor Perimeter Lens) and cannot tolerate any of them – the mini-scleral was pushing a “grove” into my sclera – apparently my eye was swelling around it?

I can wear them 7-8 hours, but my eye is very sore afterward.    I am now going to be trying a custom-profiled soft lens.  The manufacturer apparently uses my topography to construct them.  I was hoping I could use a soft lens, so we’ll soon know.

Koffler Vision Group is doing a great job.

photo:  Lee J Haywood

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Diary Entries, Recovery, Vision Improvements

 

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Lens Difficulties (New lens ordered with different edge profile.)

Well, my first post-graft contact lens is wonderful, but I think the fit needs adjusted.

The insertion and vision have been just fine, but I’ve been having difficulties with removing the lens.  I’m competent with mini-Sclerals but this one seems too tight.  It’s nerve wracking to pull a “stuck” lens off a grafted cornea with a plunger.  I have this nighmare image that I’ll rip the graft off (I know, probably impossible.)

But this lens is too tight, so I’m going back to discuss it with the fitter.

Still thrilled!

Postscript:   Another great appointment at Koffler Vision… New lens with slightly different edge “roll” was ordered.  Also we looked at my topography to decide where it best for me to apply the plunger to remove the lens (cool use of technology!) … the traditional 6-oclock position may not be best for me – 4-oclock looks like a flat area I can use.   Will post again if I have new news!

Allergy News:  My eye has been getting red – allergies I’m pretty sure.  It’s not “rejection-red” but just red around the edges.  Any corneal transplant recipient will be hyper-vigilant about redness, so this causes some anxiety.  The best thing to do is just take some Zyrtec and check again in a day.    I’m now taking Zyertec daily again.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Diary Entries

 

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Little Things: A Robin Feeding Her Young

Today I watched a robin working her nest.  My depth perception was, well, deep.  With keratoconus, I would previously have been less able to pick out the nest against the leaves in the background.  But this time, it was clear.  The colors were distinct, and the ugly little birdlings were even more homely than I recall before.   Brilliant.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Little Things That are Better

 

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New Lens In!!!! Binocular Vision! The World is in 3D Now!

Everthing was in 3-d today!

A very big day on this long journey.  Today, I inserted the mini-scleral lenses in my grafted eye at Dr. Koffler’s office…and, for the first time in 15+ years, I had clear vision in my left eye.  My brain and eye muscles are not sure what to do with the new information so the crispness came and went, but here are my unfiltered first impressions:

  • Wow.  I can read the doctor’s diploma across the room.
  • The world is sparkly!
  • Everything’s in 3D!
  • Look at the birds!
  • Look at the clouds!!!
  • I don’t want to take this out!

I was only at a 3-hour wear limit today, so pulled them out mid-morning.  I’m looking forward to inserting them again tomorrow.

The removal was touch and go because I’m out of practice, and the eye is just slighly “dry-sore” tonight.  Nothing bad at all.  Totally expected.

I got a ‘care package’ with new plungers and other solutions, etc from the office.

NEXT UP!!!

Postscript:  Day 2, 3 of lens were tricky.  Eye was a bit sore from lens and insertion / removal was difficult.  I’m clearly out of practice on this.  Still feel a lot of anxiety about damaging my graft with lens effort.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Recovery, Surgery-Story, Vision Improvements

 

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