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Chris Davis – Cornea Recipient

Chris Davis

Chris Davis
Chris Davis – Coast Guard Veteran

Hi, My name Chris Davis, I’m a former U.S. Coast Guard swimming Instructor, and in 1991 I was diagnosed with an eye disease called KERATOCONUS, which is the thinning of the Cornea. Upon my initial diagnosis and beyond, My vision was a MESS!  Cars tail lights, especially at night, looked like airplane propellers and the basketball rim was an orange blur.  I often rendered undeserving salutes to fellow shipmates because I couldn’t see the rank insignia on his or her collar clearly.

So, upon my Honorable discharge from The Coast Guard in 1995, (and not because of the disease), KERATOCONUS was deemed as my disability. I was placed on a donors list but due to the readily availability of Corneas over the years they did away with the list.

In 2009 I stopped driving, but I was still playing basketball though, and in 2010 I received my first cornea transplant on my left eye, followed by Cataract surgery on the same eye in 2012.  This process would repeat itself in 2016 with my right eye with Cataract surgery to follow in 2018.  Developing Cataracts is one of the side effects of having the Cornea transplant surgery.  Both surgeries were performed at the V.A. Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Chris Davis - Corneal transplant

After the surgeries my vision was improved greatly but I still had to be fitted with special contact lenses.  Those contact lenses improved my vision even further but were also designed to continue to slow down the thinning process, for the Cornea transplant surgeries did not cure me of the disease KERATOCONUS!  Today, I continue to wear the contact lenses, eight to twelve hours a day, but only five days a week. I take steroid drops in my eyes daily, for anti-rejection plus, allergy drops and refresh tear drops, both of these on a daily basis but as needed. Still not driving, although at times I consider it, not playing basketball anymore because of other reasons.

So, through God’s Grace and Mercy and all of the donors out there, THANKS to you all for making it possible for me to have the surgery and not having to wait a life time to do it!!

Sincerely,

Chris Davis

 

Success Story – Ashley, Donor Family

Hello,

This may come off as strange or invasive (I truly hope that it does not), however I’ve been wanting to reach out to you for some time now. My name is Ashley, and I am the daughter of the man who donated his eyes to you. I want you to know that upon the unexpected loss of my dad, receiving the news that he has helped someone so immensely brought great comfort to me and to the rest of my family. Read More

Success Story – Father Len, Cornea Recipient

Dear Special Messengers of Hope: 

As a recent recipient of a donated cornea, I can attest to how such a gift can be life changing. 

Following my procedure, the doctor said she had some good and bad news. She indicated I couldn’t have received a better graft, but it came from a young child, which makes this letter particularly difficult. 

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November is Eye Donation Month!

Eye Donation Month is held each November to help bring awareness to the importance of eye donation. All month long, Miracles in Sight, (with the help of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)) will help generate awareness about the need for eye donation, common misconceptions about the process, and life-changing opportunities that are created when recipients regain their sight through corneal transplants. This year, the theme is “The Power of You” – acknowledging the community of people involved in the journey to restore sight, and the power each person has to make a difference.

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A Fitting Tribute

Dean Vavra at Iowa Donor Garden

by Dean Vavra

This is my thirty-seventh official year as an eye banker, but in a way eye banking has been a part of my life much longer than that. A genetic eye disease called granular dystrophy type 2 afflicted my grandmother, my mother and four of my brothers. (I was lucky enough to escape the condition.) This is a particularly cruel form of blindness that causes lesions to grow on the cornea, and even after a corneal transplant these painful opacities grow back into the graft tissue. So, my mother, grandmother and siblings all required multiple corneal transplants. In fact, in the early 1950s, before I was born, my mother and grandmother had two of the first corneal transplants performed in America.Read More

Miracles In Sight Now Offers Options for DMEK Grafts To Facilitate More Successful Transplantation Procedures

preloaded dmek graft

At Miracles In Sight, we collaborate closely with our surgeon partners to determine what we can do to help them better serve their patients, and then we focus on meeting those needs. To achieve that, we are constantly looking for new and innovative techniques that allow surgeons to achieve more positive outcomes. That’s why we are adding both Pre-punched and Preloaded DMEK grafts to our tissue processing services.  

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