I underwent a third corneal transplant in my right eye on October, 14th, 2014,and now, three weeks later, I’m in shock. Why you ask? Because I can see!!
If you’ve read previous posts on this subject, you’ll know that I’ve been suffering with setbacks since April 2012 with this eye condition.
Here’s the series of events:
- December 2011 – diagnosis of FUCHs Corneal Dystrophy in both eyes. Condition is more aggressive in the right eye, current specialist was not open to a corneal transplant until I was totally blind. (At the time, I was using Muro 128 eye drops every hour to clear the fogginess).
- December 2011 – March 2012 – Continued using Muro every half hour to hour to improve foggy vision.
- March 2012 – Decided to get a second opinion by Corneal Specialist at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He recommended a partial corneal transplant to improve vision and quality of life. Yippee!!
- April 26, 2012 – Doctor performed partial corneal transplant (DSEK) on right eye.
- April 27th – the graft slid off-center and the doctor reentered it at his office. (Very painful) Prescribed Predisolone eye drops four times a day and Muro 128 eye drops as needed.
- April 27 – July 2012 – went to doctor’s office every week because of issues with eye pain and vision loss as a result of weaning me off Prednisolone.
- July 2012 – Graft failed because my immune system was fighting the foreign cornea. Upgraded my drops to four per day again, but I needed a weekly check because Predisolone can raise eye pressure.
- October 25, 2012 – Underwent a second corneal transplant due to continuing graft failure and vision loss.
- October 26, 2012 – Morning after surgery – doctor discovered the graft was once again off-center just like last time but decided to leave it alone believing that it wouldn’t cause a problem.
- October 2012 – June 2013 – Vision still not clear, various prescribed eye drops did not help. Headaches, depression and anxiety had set in. Afraid to drive. Couldn’t write or use computer for more than a couple of hours per day.
- Side note - I also have strabismus in my right eye (turned in eye) which was normally corrected by prescription eyeglasses, but of partial blindness in that eye, my eye was turned in all the time.
- June 2013 – June 2014 – Continued loss of vision, but my corneal specialist left Cleveland Clinic Florida, so I decided to live with my issues until I moved to upstate New York in June.
- June 2014 – September 2014 – Vision continued to fail. Found Corneal Specialist in Syracuse, NY who explained that my last surgery had not healed, thus, reason my vision was still impaired.
- October 14, 2014 – Dr. Robert Weisenthal preformed a third partial corneal transplant, same as the other two, but insisted that he could improve my vision.
- October 15, 2014 – Day after surgery the doctor was happy with the results even though I had no vision in my right eye. He assured me that the vision loss was due to swelling of past surgery. I so wanted to believe him.
- October 23, 2014 – Encouraging doctor’s visit. My vision had greatly improved. I was cautiously optimistic but waiting for bad news because I’d gone through bad news for two years.
- November 7, 2014 – Excellent doctor visit. Doctor confirmed that the swelling had totally disappeared. My eye test results were 20/40 vision. Yippee!!! Doctor wrote me a new prescription for eyeglasses (It took the doctor in Florida over a year to give me a new prescription and then it did not correct my vision because of failed surgery).
- November 8, 2014 – Still stunned with the results of the surgery and expected a much longer recovery period because I thought a one year recovery was the norm. Wrong!
FUCHs sufferers – there really is a light at the end of the tunnel when you find the right surgeon.