Week 9

Last week I had my 2-month follow-up with my doctor. He said that everything looks good. A topography was taken of my eye, and my first two stitches were removed – one near the top and one near the bottom-right. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but it was surprisingly easy. He asked me to open my eye wide, then he used a q-tip to hold open my top lid while he removed each stitch with a pair of tweezers. I felt a small tug, but other than that there was no pain or discomfort and he was done in less than a minute. I had a little but of pain the next day, relieved by pain medicine. I felt back to normal after a couple days. This was what I was told to expect.

Immediately after my appointment I didn’t notice any change (positive or negative) in my vision. As the days progressed, it actually seemed to be worse. My vision is still blurry, with the multiple images, but I did notice a change in the pattern. Before the stitches were removed, the blurriness was very random. When I looked at a bright light source, the pattern was shaped kind of like Idaho… there was a narrow cluster near the top and a wider cluster around the bottom. After the stitches were removed, the cluster was more round and symmetrical. Although my vision seems worse, it’s important to realize that I’m still looking out of my old lens. That prescription distorts my vision a lot, so I really don’t know if my vision is better or worse.

My next appointment is in a month. Hopefully I can get the OK to start golfing. The weather has been terrific and I’m ready to get out there!

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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.


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