5/12/09 - More Waiting

I went to see Dr. Rapoza last week and unfortunately, it looks like there is more waiting. Apparently, he needs to do another astigmatism adjustment (the stitches pulling procedure I described earlier). Unfortunately, I did not have anyone with me at the appointment and you need someone to drive you home afterwards, so I need to make another appointment. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I am going to Italy this week for some vacation, so I will have to wait until after I get back. After he does the procedure, I then have to wait about a month before it heals and I they can fit a contact lens to my eye. Oh well!

I am dissapointed, because I was hoping to see - it would have been nice to have the improved visiion for vacation, but I am still excited that it is coming up soon.

Something interesting that I learned at the last appointment is that the reason that I am still nearsighted is that the transplanted cornea donor was nearsighted and I inherit that aspect of the cornea. The guy was really nearsighted, because I can't see anything far away - my vision up close is actually pretty good right now (but very close). It is interesting to me that they can't screen for this - it would be cool if they could just use people with 20/20 vision. I am not complaining in any way, I just think it would be cool if they could do it....

At the Dr.'s office, it appears like I am getting to 20/30-20/40 corrected vision still, however, Dr. Rapoza said it was improved from the last time, so I am encouraged that it could get even better. The technician told me that very few people actually get down to 20/20 and that it is really more luck than anything else.

Oh well, I will report back after the next adjustment and hopefully in a month or so with the ability to see!

Also, I thought it would be fun to post a pictures of the little guy...he is getting SO big! These are from Mother's Day this past weekend...

The Family!

Bradley and his Mommy!

Hangin with Dad...

The kid is cute!


  1. Hello! I am 30 years old and live in Arizona. I was diagnosed with Keratoconus when I was 19 years old. I was told that I would need a transplant in my left eye about 1 1/2 years ago but then I got pregnant (Ruby, now 6 months) and had to put things on hold. At that time, I was searching on the internet for blog/diary of the surgery but could not find anything recent. About a month ago, I discovered your blog and was thrilled to see a recent account of someone close to my age sharing their experience. I am scheduled to get a transplant in my left eye on May 18th. Thank you for sharing your journey - I cannot tell you how much encouragement I get from reading your progress. I have sent a link to your blog to my family and friends so that they can get a better idea of what to expect before, during and after my transplant. Best of luck to you and thank you again!
    Jenny Manuel

  2. Jenny,

    Thanks so much for the note! As you have read on my blog, I have been dealing with the Kerataconus since high school as well and finally decided to have the surgery. It is a long recovery, but I am sure that you will be so glad that you went forward with it - it is worth it to be able to see!

    As I mentioned on the blog, I can see really well at close ranges with the operated eye and seeing Bradley's features close up sharply in really amazing! I am sure that you will love being able to see Ruby!

    Good luck with everything!

  3. Sorry you have to wait... again. ; ( I hope you have fun in Italy! Your family is soo cute! I just wish I could squish cheeks through the internet! He's so adorable!

  4. Hey Brent,

    I have also been keeping track of your blog and really appreciate it. I've been struggling with the idea of having the surgery for a while. At 25 I have become lens intolerant in the right eye and will probably get the procedure soon. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago. It is very encouraging to see your progress, so make sure to keep posting and best of luck!


  5. Richard,

    Thanks for the note - I am glad that the blog is helpful - that is exactly why I decided to write it!

    I had a lot of problems with lens intolerance over the years and as I said to my wife, this was actually more painful than the surgery itself at times. I did have some success changing back and forth from piggy-back to just RGP back to piggy-back as sometimes I had dryness issues and sometimes I had issues with scratching of the RGP, etc. I will say that the new Acuvue Oasis lenses are a godsend as they stay wet much better than the previous generation.

    I hope that things improve for you and if you decide to have the surgery that all goes well - I will say that one piece of advice would be to make sure that you see someone that has a very good reputation - I did a lot of research before I found Dr. Rapoza (the guy is the best!)

    Good luck with everything!


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