Corneal Transplant Recipient Getting Flu Shot? Ask Your Dr. This Question

Should you protect your cornea from flu shot immunization rejection? If you’re a corneal transplant recipient who gets flu shots, you may want to ask your corneal surgeon if you should use Tobradex (or equivalent) to avoid potential rejection due to the flu vaccine.  My particular instructions involve taking some drops a few day before…

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…

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…

Final 4 Sutures Removed

This morning I went back to Cincinnati Eye Institute and met with Dr. Holland and had the usual run through of tests. I was there 1.5 months earlier than planned because a month ago I had a suture breakage and Dr. Holland said if we start having issues with sutures that I should come see him….

Broken Suture on Cornea Transplant Graft – How I Handled It

  Had a bit of an issue last night.  After taking out my contacts, my grafted eye started to sting like a really, really bad eyelash.  I immediately knew what it was – a suture had broken during the day.  I still have four sutures that Dr. Holland had wanted me to leave in for…

Graft Looks Great – 2 More Sutures Out (and they were stubborn.)

Well, 4 months elapsed since my last visit to Dr. Holland, so I had an appointment today.  I had the usual check ups and topology.  Their office was a *zoo* … I waited 2 hours.  Thank goodness their office has Wi-Fi and I was able to do some email and watch a bit of YouTube.  Not…

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…

Tiny Update: Soft Lenses Rock

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…

DALK Transplant – Stellar Follow Up + New Soft Lens Trial

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…

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…