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…

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 –…

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…

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…

Keratoconus and sleep

Short 3am diary post from bed. Three nights now the KC has interrupted my sleep. I’m getting low quality sleep and hope that this improves after surgery. Lubricant just doesn’t last long enough and I awake to a dry eye.

Cornea DALK Procedure – 30 Days and Counting

Well, as of this morning, I’m 30 days away.  In the next 2 weeks, I’ll be getting a full physical from my family doctor to be sure that there are no issues with the surgery (I don’t expect any.)  I have began to notify my clients of a 2 week period of low productivity, and…

Nerves are Normal When Considering Cornea Transplant

Planning to head up for my second consultation with Dr. Holland tomorrow.  I’m looking for answers to a few more questions, and a bit of reassurance I think. It’s normal to have ups and downs when considering this procedure.  And it’s normal to experience a whole spectrum of emotions – from sadness, worry and even…

Keratoconus Consultation #1: Dr. Edward Holland – Corneal Specialist

Once I felt that a transplant was my only viable, long-term option, My wife and I went to Cincinnati Eye Institute to visit Dr. Holland.  I brought her along because I thought they might dilate my eyes, plus it’s nice to have a second set of ears.  I’d been to a few other surgeons in…