Keratoconus my story- by Rae- the end of the KC journey

The day of the cataract op was bright and sunny. I did wonder how much I would be able to see afterwards. I mean, I was so used to poor vision in my grafted eye unless I had a hybrid lens in, I knew I had nothing to lose. This was the end of a … Continue reading Keratoconus my story- by Rae- the end of the KC journey

Keratoconus my story – Getting Married! by Mary-Anna

Getting married and having KC – an inspirational tale from Mary Anna For those of you who have organised a wedding, you know how stressful it can be. Of those people, if you decided to decorate yourself and pretty much make it your own, you know that there is a lot of added stress. Now … Continue reading Keratoconus my story – Getting Married! by Mary-Anna

Keratoconus- my story- post graft op for cataract by Rae

Hey kc'ers, thanks for reading  this post. This is the latest installment in my keratoconus journey. To recap my graft was in late 2007, I had a rejection episode that was sorted out and I was fitted for a hybrid lens in the grafted eye in 2011. So far so good, but the uncorrected vision … Continue reading Keratoconus- my story- post graft op for cataract by Rae

Why do I donate my Eyes?

Corneal Blindness is one of the most common causes of blindness in India and our country shoulders the largest burden of global blindness.

A corneal transplant is the replacement of damaged or diseased tissues or organs with healthy replacements. In this procedure, an ophthalmologist surgically replaces the diseased cornea with a healthy one.

When I donate my eyes and encourage my family, friends and people I interact with to donate their eyes, I bring in a possibility of change in the situation in India and we can bring light into the life of the deprived.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) calculations, there are about 10 lakh blind and visually disabled persons in India alone – this number could double by the year 2020 unless immediate interventions are made.

Of these 10 lakh, nearly 2 lakh persons have Corneal blindness.

Of these 1.4 lakh can be treated through…

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7 Week Post-Op (Corneal Transplant Update)

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Last time around, I left you guys at the 1-month post-op.  Well, today I had another follow-up appointment–it was delayed from the 3rd of May to the 6th.

Nothing interesting happened.  The doctor took a look at it and said one of the sutures was loose so he had to remove it.  It was such a weird feeling, having someone tug at something stuck to your eye!  Due to this, he told me to get back on the antibiotics four times a day for four days.  He said I’d have to do this each time a suture was removed.  He said I could go down to three times a day on the steroids, so that’s good.

Other than that, he didn’t say much.  No news is good news, right?

I don’t have another appointment until August 9!  Hopefully we’ll talk lenses on that appointment.

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Diagnosing Keratoconus

Keratoconus Specialists of Maryland

We are now able to detect the presence of keratoconus well before subjective symptoms develop. Wavefront Corneal Topography and Aberrametry measurements have become the standard of care in diagnosing and management of keratoconus. Utilizing new technology, ophthalmic instruments now capture images of the shape of the cornea together with the entire optical system by taking tens of thousands of data points. The results are instantly analyzed and Wavefront topography maps are generated. These printouts will show Dr. Azman a map of the eye-print  (just like a finger print) of the location and severity of any corneal distortion and high order aberrations (HOA).
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Corneal specialists agree that it is best to exhaust all non-surgical options for keratoconus before undergoing corneal transplant surgery, especially for younger patients. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists from all over Maryland and surrounding states refer their challenging keratoconus patients to…

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