CDC: Contact Lens Wearers are Taking Chances with Their Eyes

Nearly all of the 41 million Americans who use contact lenses admit they engage in at least one type of risky behavior that can lead to eye infections, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Thursday. “Good vision contributes to overall well-being and independence for people of all ages, so it’s important not…

A Mild Corneal Abrasion Caused By Trying New Contacts

Well the question as to whether my grafted cornea has fully regrown its nerves has been answered with a resounding “YES” I have been hoping to make the transition to “regular” contacts and so have been testing a series provided to me by my fitter.  Two of the types of lenses were “too tight” meaning…

Pre Holiday Update – New Contacts Prescription

Okay this will be a short one as I’m heading home to be with family for the holiday. After having the most recent set of sutures out, the shape of my eye shifted (as predicted) so I needed new lenses.  This presents a challenge for fitters, but one thing has made the difference… The “auto-refractor”…a…

Glitz and Beauty Pageant Colored Contacts – from Convenience Stores!

Someone just sent this to me.   I was going to post a photo, but have decided not to. “In glitz pageants, you will see the use of hairpieces, heavy make-up, deep spray tans, fake teeth (called flippers), false eyelashes, and colored contacts worn by the majority of the contestants.” She went on to say…

Little Things: Autumn Colors in Kentucky

And without warning, seemingly overnight, Autumn has reached Kentucky.  Our trees now begin their show and we head into our relatively mild winters here. With my new eyesight, I’ve enjoyed autumn this year more than usual.  I’ve spent days outside on weekends with my hobby and taken in every minute detail. It’s so much more…

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…

Little Things: Stargazing

I just went on a 2 week family vacation to CA.  Lots of night driving.  Not a peep out of my contact lens, and never any pain at all and wore them for 14+ hours daily.   We went to Yosemite and at 5000 feet elevation, found a remote field and just went stargazing for…

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…