Hey there! I’ve been missing for a while and didn’t even get the chance to write out the actual entries for Blog Everyday, so a lot of them got posted blank. OOPSY. I’ll be reverting them back to drafts after I post this and get it off my chest
As you all know, I have Keratoconus. I’ve lamented about this many times before on my blog. Well, my eye doctors over at North Shore LIJ brought it to our attention that they were conducting a limited FDA-Approved Study on cross-linking, one of the procedures offered to keratoconus patients as a means of stabilizing the cornea and preventing the disease from getting any worse. (Hopefully). It’s already been going on in Europe & Canada for many years, but isn’t FDA approved in the US yet until the studies are done conducting their research and submitting stuff and getting the procedure approved.
I was diagnosed young, and the disease usually stabilizes itself around the age of 40. Though it is still mild in my eye, my younger diagnosis means it will have too much time to get worse and I’d definitely benefit from cross-linking.
It’s not FDA approved so I’m warning you, I’ll be paying $3000 per eye out of pocket, no insurance covers it yet. Insurance will cover all the drops and medicines I need to take afterwards however, so yay.
Between all my trips to the eye doctor AND the two back to back vacations I went on, I haven’t posted here in a while. My cross linking procedure is going to take place this Friday at 1:30PM, with follow-up appointments scheduled for Saturday and Monday. I’ll blog about the journey, as always.
If you want to know more about what cross-linking is, read up the Wikipedia article here first and then conduct your own research haha. I’ve certainly done an extensive amount of it over the past week.
Gonna see how long it takes for you to read this and yell at me over the phone for not telling you sooner Nubsy! Though truth be told, I went in just yesterday for the consultation after staying out of my contacts for a month, and the consult turned into an evaluation, and it was determined my right eye was eligible, and my left might be but they have to re-screen in another month. After the evaluation is over, you typically have to get the procedure within 45 days. Doctor was like…either this Friday or wait till July b/c she’s unavailable or booked or just plain busy. I didn’t want to wait until July because it’ll impede into my summer fun and if I get it done now, I’ll be all healed up by then.