Just a note to let you know that I will be offline for a few days for medical reasons. On Wednesday morning (April 06), I’m having a stem cell graft procedure done on my left eye. My left eye has the worst damage from the corneal abrasions and ulcerations, but my right eye is also problematic. And I’ll need to rest both eyes as much as possible the rest of this week–which means my not being online much, if at all, for a few days.
What is the cornea? Well, it is the outer covering of the eye that both aids in vision, as well as, protects it from damage (eye diagram, right). So when your cornea is damaged—mine has abrasions and ulcerations—these wounds permit other damage to the eye to occur. So it is very important to have as healthy a cornea as you can.
The stem cells are donated from placentas of babies born through cesarean section (the brand mentioned in the link is not necessarily the one being used in my procedure). Of course, there is the possibility that it won’t work for me. But it is less invasive than a corneal transplant. So, I’m willing to try it. And the hope is that the healthy stem cells will bond with my cornea and trade places with my bad/injured corneal cells.
So I’ll have a stem cell corneal wafer patch applied to my left eye (the brand mentioned in the link sounds like a similar procedure as described to me by my doctors)–medicated with steroids to lessen inflammation–a contact lens bandage over that, and possibly an external eye patch (Keira Knightley Pirates of the Caribbean, Vanity Fair, my manip, right) to prevent me from using that eye. So yes, it will be “talk like a pirate” week around me. Arrgggh! Aye matey! Ha!
Then on Friday, the doctors will remove whatever portion of the stem cell wafer hasn’t absorbed into my eye. Then after a few weeks, if my doctors observe some healing of my left eye’s cornea, then we’ll repeat the procedure at 4 – 6 month intervals–and we’ll then also try it on my right eye. This procedure won’t heal the scar tissue that is on my cornea already—but the hope is that this treatment will prevent further damage to my eyes–and prevent further vision loss.
In the meantime, here’s some talented British actor Richard Armitage Eye TheRApy from me to you. Love his kind blue eyes! Enjoy! Cheers! Grati ;-> P.S. Thanks to the ladies for the RA images, as noted below!
as John Porter in Strike Back, 2010, episode 3 via Terri
Richard Armitage at 2014 The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Premiere (similar image), via Vale Armitagina
as Sir Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, 2006, episode 7 via IsabelleW
in Promo for Vicar of Dibley guest episodes, 2006 with Dawn Friench via LiesbethLapp