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

2015-09-13 18_26_13-flu shots - Google SearchShould 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 flu shot, and then for several times per day for a month afterward.  My doctor also recommended that I continue with Restasis as it provides some measure of rejection prevention.

This is done in an abundance of caution, I think.  But it’s worth a quick call to see if it might reduce your own chances for rejection.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Recovery, Tips

 

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DALK Checkup – A Few New Nuggets of Info

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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 surgery.   This is for PK or DALK.  I thought it would be earlier.  This means that I must be extra diligent for RSVP symptoms between now and early next year.
  • The first sign of rejection will be redness and light sensitivity, not pain.   You should never wait for the pain if redness and pain are present.
  • When Restasis is part of your post-op drops routine, you should usually use it last.   So, for me, it’s Steroids, Pressure Med, then Restasis.
  • He suggested that I might go ahead and use Restasis in my right eye if allergies get bad again.  I think I’m through the worst of Fall allergies, however.
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Dr. Visits, Surgery-Story

 

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