EOL: 16 Stitches In My Eye
Yesterday was my one month visit with the surgeon who performed the cornea transplant on my right eye. During the consultation he captured an image of the eye in question and given that I’d been asked more times than I can count if I have a photo I asked if he would be able to email me a copy: which he did. If you’re easily grossed out by this sort of thing you may not want to click the thumbnail below (people can be a little weird about eyes).
The assessment was positive and it appears that the cornea is healing well; apparently there’s only a point one astigmatism — which is evidently “nothing” according to the doctor — however, because the eye still has a lot of healing to do nothing is set in stone, the astigmatism may not change, but then again it could change dramatically. At this point though, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it all stays on track.
One thing that has surprised me is the lack of interaction required between myself (more specifically, my eye) and the Doc: Yesterday was only the third consultation I’ve had since the surgery and the next isn’t for another two months. I guess I should find that comforting, however the fact is that I’ve never gone through anything like this before so it’s all a little unnerving.
Before you ask, yeah – those stitches do have to be taken out. They remove them a stitch or two at a time in a manner that helps the cornea heal in the right way (think of it like de-tuning a drum). While the stitches do degrade they have to be removed because they can snap and protrude from the eye, causing all sorts of problems.
I’m pretty comfortable with the eye itself at the moment (as in, there’s no pain to speak of), however I keep getting the kind of headaches that would drop a rhino; which is to be expected really, considering I’ve got one eye which is healing nicely and another that is deteriorating faster than Lindsay Lohan.