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Date: Thu May 5 5:27 PM, 2005
Artisan Implant performed
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Last week I received a non-toric Artisan implant. Both eyes were done at the same time under general anesthesia. I have a graft in the left eye and right has not been transplanted. I am a long-term KC patient with a large amount of myopia. Vision has changed from counting fingers at three feet to 20/40 od and 20/80 os in one week. I'm very impressed with the results at this stage but still have a large amount of astigmatism to deal with in both eyes. I am typing this post to you with no correction, something that would not be possible before.


A Toric lens was not an option as the FDA will not allow it at this time, only a non-toric design is available right now. I had a -12 in the right and a -10 in the left. Now I am at a -.5 in the right and a -3 in the left. Pain was present and corneal swelling in both eyes after the operation but have been reduced. I am taking four medications Pred-forte, Zymar, Acular and Alphagen P four times a day. If anyone is interested in this procedure I will try to answer any questions, please bear with me I am not a doctor though.


Oh Yeah Hello to Sajeev and thanks to you for giving me the info about this site.


Michael 



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Date: Thu May 5 10:00 PM, 2005
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Hello Micheal glad to have you back on the same forum as me!...lol....I must add that your just amazing in the amount of knowledge you have on KC. I have learnt much from reading your posts.

As you see we have been busy trying to get a better understanding of what we are dealing with...with this kc nemesis....so a warm welcome to you Micheal as i know your a true fighter for the cause!!

Its just fantastic news about your implant and about the benfits you have already acheived! ...So a big pat on the back for you mate!

And on a different note, am i right in thinking you are the only person who has been known to try this implant for their kc as its just been approved?...and please up-date us on your progress and any data you have on the progress!....so we have another viable option to consider!

Thanks a lot...and all the best!



-- Edited by QuintriX at 22:03, 2005-05-05

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Date: Fri May 6 3:17 AM, 2005
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Quintrix,


Nice job with the web-site, I am not the only one who has undergone this surgery although I'm one of the few who have had both eyes done at the same time. I know of at least three other people in the Salt Lake area that have had this operation, two with KC and one was a burn victim. All are happy with their results and no one wants to have them removed. I'm suprised by the number of people who have undergone this but yet they don't come forth about it.


I will continue to post my rehabilitation as I feel I owe it to the people who have this disease in the hopes it may benefit someone else. Thank you for the kind words and I'm glad to see the good work being done at this site.


Michael



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Date: Sat May 7 7:33 AM, 2005
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Here is the link for the Aristan Lens Implant...

Please Click Here

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Date: Sun May 8 7:21 PM, 2005
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Hi Michael,


Welcome to the board... It is so great that we are getting such a cross section of different treatment options displayed here. I must admit that I know very little about the implants that you have... But I am learning and its only with testamonials such as yours that others too will be able to evaluate the procedure. Anyway all the very best and best of luck with your continued progress... please keep us informed,


Regards,


Hari



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Date: Tue May 10 3:49 AM, 2005
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Had Dr. visit today, four stitches were removed in the left eye two deep and two shallow, two shallow stitches were removed in the right. Vision is staying stable so far with acuity returning more so in the left eye (transplanted eye), only 1/2 line of difference was noted from last time. Eyes are very sore and irritated from the removal and it seems like ny vision has definately changed from the procedure. Doc hinted at leaving three deep sutures in with the right eye, they are helping to bolster up the decentelized cone. So far so good!


Michael  



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Date: Wed May 11 10:18 AM, 2005
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Hi Micheal....I just love it when I see your name come up..because over the years I have been a big fan of your internet life and value your views in kc...I think they are spot on mate...I just had to say that...lol

Anyway I just could not see why they did not start Lens Implants sooner for kc....May be because people are more aware of the KC now than before (which sites like this has helped to create) or that they finally realised that there was a NEED for something new as STILL a lot of people think that contacts are the answer for us and so why bother to find something which is more better!!

I think Implants like the one you have are just great...for the following reasons...

1) Very minimal (5mm) incision to place the lens just under the cornea.

2) A simple proceedure...even when compared to the replacement of the internal defective lens in cateract surgery...which is a routine operation these days

3) Due to the lens being directly over the pupil there is more control than with intacts/ferrera rings to get better results.....there is better control to get the right corneal shape.

4) The lens can have refractive power bulit in to help gain better results visually

5)The artistan lens is clipped in to place...

6) The prceedure is reversable or implant changable.


....I think these lens Implants can help out a lot of people!

And I can see your trail of thought behind your decision to have this proceedure...you definately did you home work mate!

I am willing your corneas to recover speedly!!

All the best mate!!

-- Edited by QuintriX at 10:24, 2005-05-11

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Date: Wed May 11 11:10 AM, 2005
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I think that the lens can replace the scarred stroma of keratoconus...It's good!!!


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