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I am a candidate for DMEK. My mom had DSAEK 10 years ago and was told I would get it too. I am 64 and awaiting DMEK as soon as I Medicare qualify. I have FD in both eyes, the left much worse than the right. My name is Marianne
I hope your visit went well the end of July.
I'm Rachel and when I was 40 (2011) I was tested for Fuch's dystrophy due to my father having it. His diagnosis was over looked for many years therefore he suffered longer than he should have. He begged me to get tested because its hereditary. My vision had always been poor so I wore tri-focals in early 30's. Knew things weren't right. Surely I tested positive. After my diagnosis, I was able to get 3 more years out of my eyes before things became intolerable. My symptoms were, deterioration of vision regardless of strongest eye glass lenses. Could not read Street signs, computer print, small print, patterns, numbers. I strained and became dizzy and could not focus. Bright lights, contrasting light, overhead lights did me in. Gray dreary days were the worse. Windy days, fans or going outside from indoors made my eyes water and run. Mornings were a blur and foggy, took long time to regain focus. Laser or flashes of lights (movies/fireworks) gave me pain. The less sleep I got, the worse my eyes responded. In 2013 my cornea specialist scheduled me for 2 cataracts surgeries followed by 2 partial thickness corneal transplants. My father had needed 2 full thickness transplants but progress had been made in this area when it was my turn. I didn't want to be set back for too long so I pushed and had all procedures done in under 5 months (a working Mom and needed to get these baby blues ready for my kids sports seasons).
Cataracts were pretty simple and 1 transplant was as simple as could be expected however, my 2nd transplant was a bit more complicated so, I was left with lasting scar tissue and one pupil smaller than the other. All in all, I got through it and my vision was perfectly restored!!!! BLESS my Drs heart because it is without a doubt, scary stuff to go through. Along the way I had several loose stitches (normal) which are very agitating and need to easily be pulled out. 4 years after my surgeries I developed secondary cataracts which created double and blurred vision….easy laser procedure to fix.
Today, 6 years later, I am still incredibly grateful for my vision. My only remaining and lasting problem is sensitivity to light. Still can't watch fireworks. Can't go to a concert because of lasers and lights. Can't do movie theaters. Have to wear sunglasses and a hat with brim in all artificial lighting situations…basketball games, stores, arenas etc… Hate winter because natural light is shortened. Im told it's lasting effects from my scar tissue, unique to my personal experience. I still don't settle for that but no-one has any more answers. So, for 6 years I have struggled with night driving and finally gave it up last year (age 48), not happy!!!
At least I can see and for that I remain incredibly grateful. So sorry for the book. I hope it may have helped you or someone moving forward. The disease is rare and we must be some special people! Procedures have come so far and an experienced cornea specialist is all you need for the right help. Best of luck to you and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.