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goobster  ·  349 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 7, 2018

The diagnosis is Keratoconus.

Incurable, degenerative eye disease that causes blurry vision. Essentially the collagen in your cornea begins to degrade and lose its strength, allowing the internal pressure in your eye to push the cornea out of shape, thereby distorting your vision.

So things in my right eye are blurry and doubled. And they aren't going to get better. (But hard contact lenses may help.)

US medicine doesn't really do Keratoconus treatment (yet), and most insurance companies see it as elective, not required.

Europe has been treating it with well-documented success in their basic medical plans for decades.

There are only about 200,000 cases a year, and fortunately one of the leading lights in this area of research and treatment is here in Seattle, and she is affiliated with my regular eye doctor. So I grabbed her next available appointment... at the end of MAY.

So right now I am going through the Seven Stages, and have arrived at Pissed Off Grumpy Motherfucker Who Loves His Job and Desperately Need His Vision To Keep Doing It, stage.

I hope to power through that stage, and get on to "dealing with it" soon... any minute now... <drums fingers on desk>...