Save Jackie's eyes
Organized by: Jacqueline Pootlass
Keratoconus close up
July 23, 2016
So, if anyone knows me I am someone who does NOT like to depend on anyone. I am humbling myself to ask for help. I am a dedicated hard working mother of four children and I would love to save my eyes, I really would love to see my kids graduate and see them get married and see my future gran-babies If you don't know I have a rare eye disease called keratoconus, which means going blind slowly, in my case the optometrist' and optamoligist don't know why I am going blind quickly? I was told today that MSP will most likely deny my request for the cost of the surgery. I need to come up with just over 5000.00 for the surgery alone. I will also need to be in Vancouver for 2 weeks and usually NHIB will cover it but I talked to them too and they said to me if MSP doesn't cover me then most likely NHIB won't cover me for my stay either. This surgery requires me to not use my contacts for at least a month before surgery and for a week after my surgery, they can't book my surgery until they have the 5050.00 is what I believe it is. As the days go by I am losing the possibility of me having this cross linking done. I am praying for a miracle. I am going blind possible be blind by next year no one is able to fund me for this cost... HELP PLEASE
Keratoconus (KC, KTCN) is a degenerative disorder of the eye in which structural changes within the cornea cause it to thin and change to a more conical shape than the more normal gradual curve. Keratoconus can cause substantial distortion of vision, with multiple images, streaking and sensitivity to light all often reported by the person. It is typically diagnosed in the person's adolescent years. If both eyes are significantly affected, the deterioration in vision can affect the person's ability to drive a car or read normal print.
In most cases, corrective lenses fitted by a specialist are effective enough to allow the person to continue to drive legally and likewise function normally. Further progression of the disease may require surgery, for which several options are available, including intrastromal corneal ring segments, corneal collagen cross-linking, mini asymmetric radial keratotomy, corneal intrastromal implantation system (CISIS), topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), topography-guided conductive keratoplasty, phakic intraocular lenses and, in 25% of cases, corneal transplantation.
Estimates of the rates for keratoconus range from 1 in 500 to 1 in 2000 people, but difficulties with differential diagnosis cause uncertainty. It seems to occur in populations throughout the world, although it is observed more frequently in certain ethnic groups, such as South Asians. Environmental and genetic factors are considered possible causes, but the exact cause is uncertain. It has been associated with detrimental enzyme activity within the cornea. The word is from Greek: kéras horn, cornea; and Latin: cōnus cone.[2