Keratoconus and dry eye – symptoms causes and treatments No more tears Dry eye syndrome – which affects nearly five million Britons over the age of 45 and, despite its name, leads to more tears. Dry eye can be at best annoying and at worst, painful and irritating. Dry eye syndrome has several varied underlying … Continue reading Keratoconus & Dry eye- symptoms, causes & treatments
Picture a Monet. Like this one:
This is what I see. Every day. But only out of one eye.
My right eye is normal. Blue, slightly nearsighted, healthy. My left eye, however, is waaaaaayyyy different.
My eye history is cringe-worthy. I was born with a cataract, had an artificial lens put in, got hit with a playground glider (yes, in the eye), had said artificial lens removed, and wore a patch for a good chunk of my pre-school years (Arg!).
Then I got glaucoma as a pre-teen. I like to think that this combo of cataract+glaucoma – both old-lady diseases – is a sign of my incredible wisdom-beyond-my-years. The jury’s still out on that one.
And most incredible? Everything – natural disaster, injury, damage, the works – has happened to only my left eye.
This is where Monet comes in. Even with the highest-level contact in my left…
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Here’s the headline: surgery was incredibly successful. Like, better than anyone had hoped.
This has been a pretty intense experience, especially the days and weeks leading up to the surgery itself (catch up on the backstory). it was a lot of expectation and hope and fear from several years all layered on top of each other.
I felt emotionally off-kilter for the past couple of weeks. I figured some of it was just being unglued about the whole losing-my-cornea thing. But I think it was also the stress of facing a very positive possible outcome after so many years, and being afraid to hope.
So surgery was on Monday. It’s a weird feeling to lay there in your tissue paper hospital gown waiting to be put to sleep and not knowing what life will be like when you wake up. If you’ve never experienced anesthesia, it’s wild. One…
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Well, seeing as it is (nearly?) six years since that fateful day of my diagnosis with keratoconus, I thought it would be time to share some reflections on the time since that day.
I feel I am more accepting of help from others.
I do not know where I got this from but I have this stubborn drive to be independent and to be able to do things myself. I have learnt through the years that it isn’t always possible when you live with keratoconus. Without the support of my optometrist, my family and others with keratoconus, I would have been lost.
Being Able to Achieve
It took me several lenses, a whole lot of money and quite a few meltdowns but I have now learnt to wear two pairs of lenses, one pair of RGP lenses and a pair of soft lenses. I am also able to manage the…
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Going in for a routing eye exam and thinking to myself, “this is going to be a waste of time.” But my co-pay was only $10 so what the heck.
They tell me to cover one eye and read the letters and then switch. I tell them it takes me a LONG TIME to adjust to light (RED FLAG). So we wait, they get impatient and tell me we can skip that part. Then the preliminary examination begins aka TORTURE. I went in and my eyes were raped. Yes, raped. Machine after machine after machine, and then came the worst: retina picture time. A giant flash right into my eyes: one at a time.
Then it was time to see the optometrist. I sat there pertinently waiting for the effects of the flash to wear away…
The optometrist comes in, we chat, then the fun begins. She asks if I…
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Last time I updated about my corneal graft, it was at the 5-month mark. Well, guess what? Today’s officially been 8 months since I had the procedure done! *cheers*
There’s not much to say still. One more month to go until my eye appointment. My vision is slowly, but surely, getting better. I still can’t read very well, but I can read well enough that I can somewhat use my computer without squinting.
My left eye, however, seems to be getting worse (the one that still has the KC). The SynergEyes contact is always a pain in the ass to wear but I have to! I have to deal with college. At least I don’t have to wear it EVERY day, since I’ve made it a point to have classes only every other day to help tolerate the lens better. Still, I can’t wait till I don’t have to use…
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Today I had a horrid day.
As I attempted–for the third time– to put on my mini scleral lens on my left eye… it popped out. Not all the way out, but out enough to the point that I could not close it. I jumped up, paced back and forth, terrified, not knowing what to do… every time I glanced at the mirror I became more afraid. I looked scary. This had never happened to me before. Moments, felt like hours though, my eye popped back in. It was super red. I broke into tears.
Then I realized I couldn’t find my lens. And I felt something in my eye. Yes, its in there– or so I thought. A Bart ride, drive, and long wait at the optometrist later the Dr. confirmed that there was no medical possible way that a mini scleral could get stuck behind my eye. The…
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I have been an anxious person for as long as I can remember… No, sorry, let me rephrase that, I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. The difference is that in the core of who I am, I don’t believe I am an anxious person, but that anxiety is a habit … Continue reading Keratoconus my story by Corrina Taylor, UK