One and a Half Years

It has now been almost 20  months since my surgery. Things are still going well. I took a plane trip to California without any incidents. I’ve heard about some people have problems because of the cabin pressure. My vision improvement seems to be pretty stable now. I haven’t had any more stitches removed since the first few months after surgery. My doctor said that he wanted to keep them in since I haven’t had any problems with broken stitches or infection. I am seeing him now about every three months. He says that everything is looking good. There are no signs of rejection and everything looks fine. I am still seeing in the 20/40 to 20/50 range in my left eye.

After a year, I still get questions from friends and family about the surgery and how my eyes are doing. I tell them that vision is better, but not as good as I hoped it would be. While it’s great to be able to see better, things are still not very sharp. While the distortion used to be a lot more, almost like a circular blob, the distortion that I see now with glasses is almost like a letter V. If I look at a point of light, like a stop light, I see a bunch of lights overlapped. My glasses bring these lights closer together, which allows me to see the object more clearly, but because they aren’t brought all the way together these object is still fuzzy.

Hopefully my vision continue to improve. I still have a difficult time driving at night and seeing things at a distance. But I can see many things more clearly. I can see the score of the game on TV without having to ask my wife. I can read close-up text better with my left eye than I can with my non-surgical eye. I haven’t had any problems with infection, rejection or broken stitches. I feel blessed to be able to see better!

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I am a cancer survivor and 2018 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Candidate. I reside in Southfield, Michigan with my wife and two kids.


  • Have you talked to your Dr. about PRK laser adjustments to your transplanted cornea? Astigmatism could be your main issue. A certain threshold of healing is required of course.


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