3 weeks ago I was fortunate enough to get a corneal graft in my left eye. Check out the stitches above how cool is that, its crazy how they can do them so small and perfect.
I have had very poor vision as long as I can remember but have managed to get quite good vision with scleral lenses.
That is until 4 years ago. I developed an autoimmune disease and part of that is chronic and aggressive scleritis. Scleritis is unbelievably painful some days I would lay on my bed crying it was so bad. As a result of the inflammation I developed severe corneal neovascularisation where I have lots of blood vessels growing deep into the cornea which affects my vision further.
4 years on I am still getting the odd flare but my scleritis is mostly controlled by getting Infliximab infusions. It now meant I could get a graft in my worst vision eye.
The surgery went smoothly and my doctor is really happy with the graft and I am starting to get some vision out of it. The only problem is the blood vessels in the cornea that he cauterised last year have become active again and have filled up with blood. This is bad as it gives the graft a much higher chance of being rejected.
So its more drops for me to try and stop the blood vessels developing and to protect the donor tissue. I am currently on predferrin forte 6 times a day, occuflox 4 times a day and avastin 4 times a day.
I had 3 weeks off work and feel ready to go back next week, I think I will manage fine, I have been driving and went in for a half day last week which went well.
As surgeries go I am really happy with how it went, I know it will be a long healing time but I am prepared for that. I am just so grateful to the donor and their family for the very generous gift. I can’t thank them enough.