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Published on May 2nd, 2018

After tomorrow, I can add a cornea to the list of my body modifications.

I check in to the surgery center Thursday morning at 11 AM and approximately 2-3 hours later, the bad cornea in my left eye will have been replaced by a healthy donor cornea.
I'll be having what is known as a Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK or PKP) (non-gross out video of the procedure from the Keratoconus Foundation website).
After that it's a recovery year of follow up appointments (including one the very next day) and stitch removals (hopefully no poppped stitch repairs). I'll be wearing various forms of eye protection and taking a small pharmacological supply of eye drops to assist with healing and to fight a very small chance of rejection.
As the eye heals, there's going to be periods where I won't be able to see out of it at all, or I'll have limited vision or great vision -- totally understandable as my body adjusts to the aftermarket part.

I've never actually posted pictures of what the scarring and keratoconus has done to my eye. Let's take a look shall we?

From the front, you can see what appears to be a cloud, just to the left of the light reflection. It's actually the scar I've had on my cornea since I was about 11 years old:

kc front

The custom contact lense I wear reshapes the cornea giving me 20/60 vision. Without the contact, vision is around 20/400:

kc contact

Here's the cornea, without the contact. Keratoconus, translated, means "cone shaped cornea". That's very obvious here:

kc side

This is one of a series of blog posts about my ongoing Keratoconus treatments. You can find all the posts at The Keratoconus Chronicles page.

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