Thursday, June 28, 2012

After Fifty Years She Is Now Able To Read

OK~ I am thinking about donors today. It was a week ago yesterday that my Mom had a cornea transplant. She had an eye condition known as keratoconus. The cornea of her left eye was shaped like a cone, which gave her extremely blurry vision. She had lived like this for more than 50 years.

Due to all of the advancements of this procedure, the procedure itself was not very invasive. She is on the road to seeing, yes I said seeing. I have always known that my Mom was considered legally blind in her left eye.

Myself, Mom And My Sister

It was not until I accompanied her to an eye Dr. appointment that I realized that she really could not see out of that eye. You know when the technician puts up letters on the wall during an eye exam? Well, her left eye was so bad that she could not see a piece of paper with a large E on it.

I thought to myself, WOW! All of these years and I never really grasped how poor her eyesight was. My Mom drove the car, sews like a bandit, and has always cooked up a storm in the kitchen. She never let her inability to see out of that eye stop her from doing the things she loved.

Just a little over a week ago she struggled to make out the BIG letter E with her left eye and today she is reading a font comparable to what you are reading here! I am so happy for my Mom. We all take our eyesight for granted, and let me tell you this. After seeing what she endured for so long, I'm not taking my eye sight  for granted anymore.

If you have keratoconus, do check with your eye Dr. to see if there are steps you can take to see. Mom tried different contact lenses through the years, but they never really helped. A cornea transplant is usually a last ditch effort, and if you arrive at that, do not hesitate. I'm seeing miraculous results with my Mom. Her vision will improve each day over the course of the next year. I am sure she will enjoy the new sights she has with her "new" eye.

A huge thank you to donors. Giving so that others may live is such a special gift.  Due to the fact that someone donated a cornea, my Mom is now able to read. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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