Changes in Focus – DALK Corneal Transplant Update

I really never realized how much discomfort that my Keratoconus caused me – especially when it came to daily activities, routines, etc.   I am thrilled with the way things are going.   The drops are a hassle and so is the nightime shield, but every day is better.    Things get itchy a couple of times daily,…

Cornea Day in San Diego – DALK Practice Expansion Recommended

I saw on the web today that Cornea Day in San Diego happened yesterday.  Edward J. Holland, MD and W. Barry Lee, MD did a panel on surgical techniques.  Dr. Holland had told me that he planned to do this, specifically that there was a section about how more corneal surgeons need to master the…

Corneal Transplant – 2nd Follow Up with Dr. Holland

It’s now been 8 days since the surgery. I worked half a day and went, with Heather, to Edgewood to see Dr. Holland for my “1 week” follow up appointment.  The Cincinnati Eye Institute office was very busy.  We waited 2 hours to see the doctor – so I will never go there in the…

Back to Work!

Short diary entry – I’m back to work (5 hours today) and even bike commuted.  The weather was glorious.   The itchiness vanished as mysteriously as it came and I feel SO much better.  The redness in my eye is almost gone already.   I’ll post an update after my follow up with Dr. Holland tomorrow…

Corneal Transplant – 1 Week On

The big news here is ITCHINESS.   I am not talking mosquito bite-level, but poison-ivy level.   It’s distracting and keeping me awake.  Benadryl did not help it… I’ve got high hopes that Zyrtec will.   I have decided to wear my glasses in order to remind myself not to rub the eye.  At night, I’m still…

DALK Transplant – A photo of my healing eye

There are some who would rather not see healing eye photos, but still want to read the blog, so I have placed the day-5-healing-eye photo behind this cute fuzzy kitten. The photo shows my eye, and the medical contact lens on it, still red from the surgery.  Compared to a perfect eye it looks rough,…

DALK Corneal Surgery – Four Days On

I continue to recover from my DALK corneal transplant/graft procedure on March 9th, and thought I’d bring my (growing) audience up to date on some highlights.  My wife has been a trooper in helping me with things over the last few days, including a bit of grumpiness and anxiety. Positives: Eyelid swelling reduced. Eye redness…

A Roller Coaster Ride – But Improving

Well yesterday and last night have been rough. My 20/50 pinhole eyechart performance was encouraging, but now the vision is all milky again and the swelling itches worse than anything. Took benadryl to sleep. Naturally, I worry about rejection, but I only have the milky vision this morning, which is only one symptom. Not the…

My DALK Corneal Surgery Day

Around 10:30 AM yesterday, we arrived at the St. Elizabeth SurgiCenter for my DALK procedure.  After a brief wait I was taken back to the prep area where the nurses to sign papers, took my weight and temperature, and checked my vitals.  I was hooked to an automated blood pressure monitor and shortly after, an…