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djpaul

Not been on here since march due to Illness

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djpaul

Hi All

 

Sorry i haven't been in touch for the past 4 months

In late March i was diagnosed with a very serious eye infection which has almost cost me my eye sight called Acanthomeba Kerratitis

Search the web and you will see how bad this infection can be.... I was very very lucky to be diagnosed within 3 days of feeling pain in my eye

Im still having treatment but at the beginning i couldn't see more than 6 foot in front of me due to a virus where parasites were basically attacking my Cornea 

Since then i have been on toxic eye drops to kill the virus.

IF ANY OF YOU GUYS WEAR CONTACT LENSES MY ADVISE IS STOP WEARING THEM NOW

Amoeba are single cell creatures that are found in all water and oceans , any contact with water on your lens means they will burry into your cornea

Generally these critters wont attack you but when trapped within your contact lens they will begin to eat away at your eye.

I still cant use my telescope but my sight is much much better now.

Im left with scarring on the surface of my eye that scatters the light 

 

I did manage to use my binos this week and im hopping my sight becomes good enough in the future to carry on with astronomy

 

Regards Paul

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Tweedledee

Glad you are improving Paul. I'd never heard of it, but it sounds awful. Did it affect both eyes? Hope it keeps on improving. Good luck. 

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djpaul

No Just one eye

However my other eye is whats called a lazy eye and it has never been good from birth

They do say i may be left with some scarring 

In sun light bright objects have a double image due to the cornea damage 

A bit similar to having a crack in the lens of refractor im guessing

 

Paul

 

 

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Brantuk

Glad they caught it when they did Paul - hope you recover as much as poss as soon as poss!

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Bino-viewer

Get well soon. Our eyesight is so precious, but doctors and eye specialists can do amazing things nowadays.

 

My wife has had her share of eye problems : Acute Glaucoma at only 32 years of age. (very rare & unusual)

Laser eye surgery cures this, but she suffers with light scattering  with the 2 extra holes in her eyes.

She's learned to live with it, and was only an issue while driving at night time which she hardly does any more.

 

She still wears contacts ; has done for over 30 years, but for the last 15-20 they have been the daily disposables which are a lot better.

You just need to pay for them.....

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djpaul

Hi All

 

Just to update you on my progress 

Its now been 6 months and my sight is almost fully recovered now

Im still seeing a specialist every month but all good at moment

Looking forward to some crisp clear winter nights for observing 

 

Paul

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Brantuk

Glad your eyes are getting better Paul - there's nothing more precious than your sight. Stay well mate :)

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