Organized by: Jerry Collins
Recently, I lost my vision in my left eye after an emergency eye surgery. This was due to an unplanned Artisan Lens Implant failure. Some people wear glasses, some wear contacts, I had implants more than ten years. I had implants in both eyes after having high myopia. Coke bottle glasses were worn first, then contact lenses were tried neither offered 20/20 vision. Contacts did not provide enough moisture. It was believed an implant was the better option at the time for treating high myopia patients.
On June 16, 2015, I had awaken and noticed my left eye wasn't working as well as it should and as though I thought it would get better it didn't. I went to see the local eye doctor who referred me to the Indiana Eye Clnic in Greenwood, IN for emergency eye surgery. It seems my left lens implant had become detached and was in danger of causing injury to my cornea and needed to be removed as soon as possible. I had sugery on June 18th. After this lens removal was made the cataracts that I had had worsen which I was told was common
The eye doctor won't do a second surgery until the left eye has healed from the first surgery. On July 13, I had a followup post-op. July 16, I'm scheduled to see a retinal specialist to double check that is safe to proceed with my high myopia and have cataract surgery. The cataract surgery has been scheduled for July 30. I will have a followup on July 31 and if everything looks good they will allow me to return to work on Aug. 3. I will continue to have some additional followups.The cataract surgery will be a little different because of my high myopia. Usually cataract patients receive a clear lens exchange but I will receive a power lens exchange to compensate for loss of vision from the implant. The goal is for me to have outward vision as well as the implant but I may still need reading glasses for upclose viewing.
At some point the right eye will have to receive the same care and attention but the main focus is getting vision restored to the left eye at the moment. The timeframe estimate to be out of work at present is 6-7 weeks. I usually work second shift as a DOT driver in the Indianapolis area. I don't think my company wants the liability of me going to work with one eye and I can not drive the company vehicles either at present. So I have been placed on short term disability until I'm seeing with two eyes. As medical costs rise, I'm worried how much this will be for having two surgeries on each eye and costs assocated with each eye. It would be less worrisome if I could find a way to crowdfund for these costs.
Will you help support my vision care?
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