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I was 28 years old with two children...a 3 yr old & 7 month old I was diagnosed with Acanthamobea Keratitis (an aggressive parasite living in the cornea). It completely turned my life upside down. Within two days I was unable to use my right eye and extremely sensitive to light with debilitating pain. I immediately received multiple eye drops to administer every hour through the day and night to try and kill the parasite. Do to the severity of the drops and the aggressive nature of the parasite my pain level escalated daily and I received high doses of pain killers. I wore an eye patch and 2 pairs of sunglasses with a blanket over my head to all of my appointments throughout the week.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a 37 year old male who has received two corneal transplants. This is what the transplants have done for me.

While growing up I was active in many sports, an avid reader and simply involved in a number of activities. However in Grade 12 I recall I couldn't se the blackboard as well. I thought it was simply a change in my eyes. I could still see very well and like most kids did nothing about it. Finally I went for an eye exam. At that time I was told I had Keratoconus, which is a corneal degenerative disorder in which the cornea becomes progressively thin and steep, resulting in irregular astigmatism. Initially to correct this I wore hard contact lenses. As the cornea change, the lenses changed. It came to the point where the manufacturers had to guess the shape of the lenses as the cornea bulged so much. Needless to say, although I was able to see very well, they were not the most comfortable to wear. At this time I stopped many of the activities I enjoyed since the lenses had a habit of popping out or were just too uncomfortable.