Don't Rub Your Eyes After Handling Zoanthids/Palythoa

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  1. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow Mel that is a nasty sounding sight. Hope everything is great tomorrow and you go the way of the contacts.
     
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  3. cosmo

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    Damn hon, prayers for the best, although I hear the cornea transplant is relatively easy and not a big deal! Good luck;)
     
  4. Corailline

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Wishing you the best Mel.
     
  5. schackmel

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    eye continues to heal. Per doctor the eye is healed but is still healing. Took a bunch more pictures of the eye. Vision is improving but still very blurry and distorted. Plan is to wait another 6 weeks and make sure the eye is stable then go to the contact clinic to see if they can improve my vision. I feel more confident that the lens will help without need of surgery. He gave me the option of going ahead and getting fitted for the lens today, but we both thought it would be best to wait the extra time to make sure the changes are done
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That is good news.

    Never knew eyes take so long to heal. I know they go bad fast. Does not seem like there would be much in the way of blood flow to assist in the healing.

    Again you are really trooper.

    Are you completely off the prednisone?
     
  7. schackmel

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    TOOK MY LAST PILL TODAY!!!! And the angels sung:drummer: I dont think we wanted me to stop yet, but I knew I was at a safe level to stop. I was down to 5mg every other day. Never again will i take the steroids! It better be a life or death situation.

    I did what I swore I wouldnt ever do. I started to second guess the treatment that I have received. While he is a very well known cornea specialist at a very big university here, I still have my doubt. My friend has a cousin that is an opthamologist that she had been wanting me to see. A couple of my friends have gone to him and ones husband had a corneal transplant from this guy. Well she came in this week with a pamphlet on an embryonic stem cell lens that he said I should have been put in within a few days of the injury. I looked into it myself but it was weeks after I got hurt. However upon further reading of this particular lens, the scar reduction, pain, light sensitivity was DRAMATICALLY reduced when compared to eyes not treated with these lens.

    Of course I will never know how I would have responded or if it really was appropriate, but dont like doubt.

    Considering that I was totally blind in the eye at first, I am very happy to have this sight. I told him I would totally be happy if he could just get the light distortion under control. Everything else I can live with
     
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  9. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That doubt is so normal. Putting the potential of your future eye sight into the hands of one physician without doubt seems very risky.

    When I worked in critical care we would get eye patients with serious eye infections, they were there because they needed multiple eye drops hourly and IV administration of steroids and ABX. It was scary so I guess that is why I say you're a trooper.

    Eyes are serious stuff, broken limbs and surgeries did not bother me as much as an eye patient.
     
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    Glad to hear all is proceding well. Hopefully in 6 weeks the odysee will be over.
     
  11. schackmel

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    havent been on for a while because honestly, i have kind of lost interest in the hobby recently. Tanks are all still up, but kind of lost the passion. We are talking about maybe putting up our big tank again, but................

    anyway had my 6 week check up. When I first injured my eye my vision was 1/200. Basically meant i was able to see at 1 foot what normal person could see at 200 feet. Over time the vision went up and down, mainly better. Was really psyched at last visit because my vision had improved quite a bit to 80/20 so i was taken off all the pills, drops etc. and got to come back in 6 weeks.

    I had noticed over the past several weeks that the vision was getting more and more hazy and I was not seeing as well as I had been. I had also noticed the scar in my eye was much more noticible when you looked at it. However I had not realized it had gotten so bad. Today when i went back i was at 20/400. Big decrease in vision.

    Basically, the problems are........the pressure in my eye had increased, it appears that i have lacrimal gland problem and dry eye which causes irritation, and scar tissue and astigmatysm is increasing. He said that the majority of the damage was on the side of the eye closest to the nose. I had massive inflammation at that spot which caused severe thinning of the cornea. On the other side of the pupil I was developing scar tissue. He had told me that he was hoping that the cornea that was thin would "grow over" some and kind of heal itself. Well, good news, the cornea is thicker at that part, however it was filled in with scar tissue (which he was hoping to limit). All of this has caused my worsening vision.

    So I had 5 doctors looking at my eye today, with multiple pictures taken and now with a new type of pictures.

    Plan remains the same, to talk to the contact lens doctor and see if they can improve my vision in any manner. I overheard the doctors talking and said that I will need corneal surgery at some time but hopefully we can improve my vision to an "acceptable" level for now.

    Like I said, i knew the vision was worse, i was just upset with the degree that was lost.
     
  12. Camkha1234

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    I hope they are able to fix everything. And PLEASE don't leave the hobby :)
     
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