Mark Wakefield shares his recent keratoconus graft story.
Is a full on replacement graft your only option when an aged graft starts to fail? Maybe not.
I have had Keratoconus for about 40 years now, I had an old fashioned full depth graft about 36 years ago which served me well until about three years ago when it became apparent that the old wound junction was parting on the lower section of the graft.
I had the graft restitched in November 2016. Because of the deliberately tight stitches my vision changed immediately for the worse, it took three months for the cornea shape to stabilise after which I was prescribed new glasses and could see reasonably well but the ghosting was quite prominent, essentially I could see five strong overlapping images.
This is a picture showing the affected area two days after it had been re-stitched.
I just use glasses and it feels like now I have the best vision I have had for years.
The consultant said he is using this procedure on more patients these days instead of resorting immediately to a replacement graft.