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…

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…

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

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…

New – DALK Transplant Chronology

Quick post to let you know that I just made a new page which covers the chronology from my first Dr. appt to one year after the surgery.  Same posts, but in chronological order. http://corneanews.com/about-kerataconus/chronology/

DALK Transplant – One Year On

March 9th is the anniversary of my DALK transplant in my left eye, the subject of this blog.  I’m posting a bit early as I have a few moments.  As of one year, I am thrilled that I had the surgery – and forever grateful to the donor and their family.  I’m certain that the…

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…

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…

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…

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…