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 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…

How to Reconcile DALK/PK Success Statistics with Anecdotal Internet Stories?

If you review the literature of DALK/PK, you’ll find that they have an incredibly high success rate. But if you go online, such as Facebook or blogs, you see many who have problems.  How can this  be reconciled? Here are some reasons, as I discussed with my Doctor. Most people who have had the procedures…

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…

More Keratoconus Questions Answered

Okay here are the keratoconus questions I brought with me to my second consultation along with the answers I received (aggregated from all answers, but mostly from Dr. Holland.)   After the appointment I sat in the car and wrote down every answer I could remember.  And here are the results: Q: Have  I tried all…

Keratoconus Consultation #2: Dr. Edward Holland – Corneal Specialist

I just finished my second informational meeting with Dr. Holland and must say it was excellent.  I cannot begin to describe the differences in the staff between the Corneal Surgeons’ staffs between Lexington and the Northern KY team.  They are more professional, friendlier, and more knowledgeable at every step of the way.  I am not…

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…