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Date: Sun Jul 2 10:39 PM, 2006
Implant update
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Just thought I would post an update and say Hello to all that have followed my travels and tribulations with my Artisan implants....... I continue to stabilize and there have been no visual changes since my last post. I still retain all of my sutures and none have come loose or have broken, my doctor plans to leave them intact unless they break. I am doing well and want to wish everyone a happy fourth of July.


Michael



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Date: Sun Jul 2 11:01 PM, 2006
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Hi Michael,
Great to hear from you... it has been a while. Also cool to hear that your implants are doing what they should and havnt been causing you any problems. Thanks a lot for checking in and although we dont celebrate it in this corner of the world a very happy 4th of July to you too.
Dont be a stranger :)

Best regards,
Hari

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Thank you very much Micheal for your post... I have been in talks with eye care institute about Lens implants for kc in the UK. I explained the reasons why this method is needed and wanted, as its hard for someone who has not got kc to fathom the reasons why an option like lens implants are needed...


I have always said that we must solve the problem of contact lens intolance for the young and old, and very much so how older kcers are ment to cope with contact lenses as they get older.


Most people think contact lenses are ok for us and so why look at other things is the opinion which comes back from people out-side of kc, but once things are explained then it is more than clear what the problems are with current ways with treating kc to them...


I hope others will explain the problems with putting a contact lens out side of the cornea to a Dr that wants to help, particularly the side effects...


Mostly we need a perminante solution for those who are having trouble with regular lenses.


The medical institution I approached about this are with me on this... and think its a fabulous idea... particularly when I mentioned if Lens Implants are combinate with X Linking.


Thanks again for you post Micheal... may life be the way you want it to be... which you proved can be...


All the best mate...



-- Edited by QuintriX at 01:53, 2006-07-08

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Date: Fri Jul 7 8:45 AM, 2006
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Wowee- I cannot believe you are doing so well. (Surely you may remember me from other sites... 2 transplants-2 RGPS atop them.) As you know (and as we'd discussed)= not an ideal situation!). What is making me a bit nuts is that a KC expert actually hung up the phone on me as I attempted to discuss the implant feasabilty. Now Michael49, I'm not the rocket sicentist that you are (please take as complement), but what am I missing? Both grafts are clear, one fairly myopic with fairly high irregular astimatism... the other a tad in the opposite direction with far less irregular astigmatism. Yea, I do not know my endothelial count as they "don't do them" so late post transplant recovery per the doc. Obviously an insurance issue.(I can always persist-no issue there). My corneal doc who was trained in US AND Germany does not see this as an option. What gives???  Fortunately, the summer and its humidity helps the RGP issue a great deal, but I do not see this as a permanent solution.  I like to think I am not psychotic but two reasonably decent docs think this alternative is way out there.



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Date: Fri Jul 7 6:48 PM, 2006
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Welcome Spaniel,


The only thing i would like to express is the following from a Dr I know in the UK when i spoke to him about Lens Implants after listerning to your posts Spaniel, and i'm glad I have the opportunty to pass this on to you.


This is what he told me:


"A Phakic lens is possible but if the Endothelium is at all compromised I would advice again it"


I think its best to get a Endothelium cell count done and then take it from there Spaniel.


All the very best



-- Edited by QuintriX at 18:50, 2006-07-07

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Date: Sat Jul 8 6:18 AM, 2006
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Spaniel,


Yeah hello I remember you and all I can say is that some doctors look at transplants as a mechanical solution too much and fail to look at visual correction enough. I could not stress enough the importance of finding the right doctor who is truly interested in acheiving the same goals you are.........VISUAL CORRECTION!  I could care less how succsessful the transplant is, if I can't see with it what good is it? I couldn't wear contacts any more and finally found the right doctor who was willing to do something about it besides telling me to find another fitter who would then tell me to just get used to wearing them, and all the while I'm getting more and more frustrated with the same old same old.


You know as well as I know that some treatments work for some and some do not, KC is very unpredictable in this respect. All I can advise is to come to the point where you are not comfortable with wearing contacts and then you'll have to make some tough decisions about this surgery. You'll have to determine if your a candidate first and foremost and then make the first step to procede. I just had too little to lose so it was easy for me but I was an easy candidate from the first. An examination will include or exclude you right away so the rest to go on will be up to you. If you are getting doors slammed in your face so early on then I think you are talking to the wrong people. 


I can only speak from my experience, I have actually forgot that I have KC for the last year and have actually got on with the business of living again. I wear glasses and do what I want to do, no pain, no worry about dusty days, bad fitting contacts and most of all enjoy a high level of visual acuity. I can only hope the same for all KC patients. I tend to take one day at a time but for now things have come together for me, at my last exam they found the beginnings of cataracts which actually made me laugh, imagine being through all this and then be confronted with cataracts! Seems almost tame.


 Let me know if I can be of any assistance, I'd be glad to help.


Michael



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Date: Sat Jul 8 8:34 AM, 2006
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Thanks for your replys. Michael-I don't think i've actually asked you. But did you have a small or significant degree of irregular astigmatism prior to your implants. I do know that you were quite myopic, but I was not certain as to the amount of your irregular astigmatism.  It was sort of my understanding that toric implants can correct for  astigmatism.  Am I off base here? 


 


 


 


 


  


 



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spaniel wrote:







Thanks for your replys. Michael-I don't think i've actually asked you. But did you have a small or significant degree of irregular astigmatism prior to your implants. I do know that you were quite myopic, but I was not certain as to the amount of your irregular astigmatism.  It was sort of my understanding that toric implants can correct for  astigmatism.  Am I off base here?       


Spaniel,


As best as I can remember I had somewhere around 4 or 5 diopters of astigmatism in both eyes but they would not implant the Toric because of the hospital rules in relation to a FDA guideline. My doctor works out of a university hospital and they have close ties to government restrictions. Actually though some residual correction occured during the insertion of the lenses so that was a benefit of a couple diopters.


Perhaps you could contact Moran and they could give you a referral for a doctor in your area. Another idea would be contact Rick McKauley with Opthtec and see if he could hook you up with a doctor close to you that specializes in this procedure.   I know that contact lens fitting is a science in it's own and sometimes it can be a trying ordeal, but if you cannot fit then this would hopefully be an option to explore.


       








-- Edited by QuintriX at 02:26, 2006-08-13

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