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3 months ago I was told by my ophthalmologist to try a new contact lens instead of having a corneal transplant.
I was less than thrilled. Having tried hard contacts a few years earlier with not fantastic results, I did not want to go down that road again.
Back then the problem was that the improvement to my vision was not good enough to make me forget about the amount of pain that I was in. The doc informed me that these new lenses, the Scleral lens, was larger and there for less painful. I did not believe him. Having the surgery was also supposed to be cutting the virus out of my eye. Right now it sits dormant waiting to pounce once again. It was very exciting to me to find out that I could just cut it out and be done with it.
I love that idea! Oh, there is something wrong with you? Let’s just cut it out and you’ll be right as rain. This is why I was hoping that my diagnosis 4 years ago was a brain tumor and not MS. An operable brain tumor, I should clarify that. There is no cutting out MS though. Apparently there is no cutting out this virus either.
I finally bit the bullet and had an appointment with the contact doc. Actually I have to say that during the appointment he felt much more like a sales person than a doctor.
The nurse checked my vision. 20/40 in my good eye and 20/240 in the other. It doesn’t seem as bad as that makes it sound. Since legal blindness is 20/200. My left eye compensates a lot.
The doc comes in and starts talking about a contact for my left eye. I stopped him and was like, hey doc, that’s the good eye. Let’s leave it alone and deal with the other one. To which he tells me that the test that I just took says otherwise but he was begrudgingly willing to agree to disagree. This did not make me like him. Of course I already didn’t like him because he was the one pushing the glass of pain.
So he sent me to try a lens on. That was entertaining. It took me about 20 tries to finally get it in my eye. The lens is freaking huge! It covers most of your eye, whites included. I had to use a special suction cup to get it on. Then my vision was worse. Much worse. There was a prescription on the lens. Which clearly was not my prescription. After managing my way back down the hall they checked my vision again. This time they had that large black piece of equipment in front of me so that they could try different prescriptions. They turned the white box on and had me start reading lines of letters. I read down to the 20/30 line. I was impressed with myself that I got one better than last time. Especially since he had been trying to push a contact on my left eye.
But then they told me that they had the left eye blacked out. I was only looking at the white box with my right eye.
you mean to tell me that I could read actual letters with my right eye?!?!??? I could not contain my shock. I am still having a hard time believing this. Not only could I see, but I could see better than with me left eye!!!!
I was like, order one. Order one now!!!!
Let’s add to that the fact that there was next to no discomfort. No pain at all! I could tell that it was there. I felt almost like an itchy sensation close to the bridge of my nose. But otherwise no pain. I was/am thrilled. I can’t wait to actually get the lens and start wearing it.
Of course, the virus is still there. Unfortunately it was never a 100% guarantee that the surgery would cut it out anyway. So I am going to agree with my original doctor that this is definitely the better, less invasive way to handle it right now. I am still always shocked when I agree with my docs. In this case I am very pleasantly surprised. Right now I am hoping that my Christmas present will be being able to see!!!!!

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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Life with MS


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First, I was disappointed the surgery didn’t happen until like the last 5 seconds of the show.
Not that I don’t like the show anyway, but Ah the waiting!
And again, all it did is reinforce the doctors point of view. The surgery is not a big deal. It’s just an in and out procedure. Less involved then when I had my tubes tied (seared together, you know potato, po-TA-to).
So yes excuse me for thinking that cutting out part of my eye and sewing in another persons seems like a big deal to me. Jeeze!
That aside…..
For some reason the idea that I would be in pain never occurred to me. I don’t know why. Of course something like this will hurt. It’s not like the eye doesn’t feel pain.
*ok I don’t actually know that for sure and I think that I have always been secretly hoping that there are no nerve endings/pain receptors on the actual eye ball itself. (Holy run on batman) Maybe it is the skin around the eye or the brain behind it.*
But, eye pain is something that I am all too familiar with. That pain and any form of migraine/headache. Yeah those are my go to pains. So why did I feel so blindsided by this?
Ok, rant over. Some things are better to get off of your chest and then move on. I won’t let anything derail me from actually having this surgery.


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