6 days post graft – 1st Follow Up Appointment

9 Jul

What a great day!  I travelled in to London today for my 1st follow up appointment with Mr Larkin.  My eye was feeling good this morning, the soreness from yesterday was gone after a good nights sleep.  The train journey is was fine, although I kept my glasses on as there were a lot of people on the train and a lot of umbrella swinging.  Mum and I had a lovely lunch near Mr Larkin’s office and then went for the appointment at 1:45pm.  And things couldn’t have been better!  Mr Larkin checked the eye, asked me to read the snellen chart – I could just about read the 3rd line down!  Then he put in an anaesthetic drop into my eye and then checked the pressure of the eye (not painful and I didnt feel anything).  He said that things couldn’t be any better and everything was looking just as it should, which is great news and very reassuring!  He also said that I don’t need to use the antibacterial drops anymore (which I was putting in every 4 hours) and to continue with the anti-rejection drops every 2 hours for the next week and then change to every 4 hours for the next 3 weeks.  I’ll see him next on the 10th August.  He also said, to my surprise, that I don’t have to wear the shield at night anymore, I can swim and I can get my eyes wet (amazing news as I can wash my face properly).  I had thought this wouldnt be possible for a while – what I’d read online had suggested that you can’t swim for at least a month and couldnt get your face wet for 2 weeks…but he is the specialist and I guess as I learnt from them telling me not to wear an eye patch, things change and what you read online is not always correct in your situation.

So all in all it was a great day, I’m feeling so positive and pleased that I went ahead with graft.  I was a little tired when I got home so took it easy for a while and then took Magnus for a long walk. A couple of people I see dog walking asked to see my eye and they were really shocked how good it looks – apparently they couldn’t tell I had done anything done.

I also asked about writing a letter of thanks to my donors family and they said that I can definitely do this – I just need to send them the letter and they will send it on to the donors family.  I’ll write this tomorrow – I want to tell them how grateful I am.

5 Responses to “6 days post graft – 1st Follow Up Appointment”

  1. Amzi Franco July 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    wow it sure helped me reading your blog…. I’m going to have my corneal transplant in my right eye tomorrow 10:30 California time… thanks a lot for your blogging about your experience… I will most defenetlly keep in touch with you… I sent you a friend request on Facebook please be kind and accept me… again thanks and wish me luck!!!!!! Amzi

    • saira April 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Hi everyone , im new to this site im getting my corneal transplant in3 months im having anterior lamellar graft . Im having the treatment july 29 2013 but I start university in september 2013
      Is this enough time to recover from wounds and will I be wearing glasses after I remove my pad or I will be wearing no glasses

  2. Kate Ball July 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Glad to everything is going so well x

  3. saira April 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Hi everyone im saira just to let members know that im also getting treatment from moorfields eye hospital n my doctor is mr Larkin

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