Monday, August 31, 2009

Improved Vision in Kerry's Left Eye!

Dear friends and family:

Kerry had her two week check up with Dr. Miller on Friday, August 28th. An acuity vision test was performed and for the first time since Kerry was a little girl she could actually read something on the eye chart with her left. Her acuity in her left eye is now 20/250. Also, an eye pressure reading was taken on both eyes and the right eye has a pressure of eight and the left eye has a pressure of 12 (the normal range for a healthy eye is from 11 to 21). In the months immediately following the surgery last January, the pressure in her right eye had been between zero and two; prior to that it had been normal. There is no change in the prognosis for her right eye, which has no vision.

One of the most exciting changes for Kerry is that she can now see individual facial features when she looks at other people at close range. She also can see colors more vividly and has been able to lower the magnification on her computer software that magnifies text and reads what is on the screen for the visually impaired. It was set on 24 times and now is on 14 times. Dr. Miller says that everything is healing beautifully. Kerry will go back for another follow-up visit in three weeks. After that the doctor will look into the possibility of performing an artificial cornea transplant.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the many people who have been praying for Kerry and our whole family during this very challenging period of our lives. By the way, some loving person (only you know who you are) dropped off a lovely basket of goodies (a stuffed animal and a loaf of banana nut bread) at our home the weekend just following the surgery. It also had a lovely note but no signature. Please let us know who you are so that we can personally thank you!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kerry's recent cataract surgery was a success

Dear friends:

On August 13th, at 7:30am, Kerry again had cataract surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute (JSEI), this time on her left eye. Dr. Miller was able to successfully remove the cataract in one piece and was able to implant an interocular lense, but had to place it in front of the lense capsule rather than inside because the capsule was too fragile. The doctor also said there was a film residue inside the lense capsule, which he said could be removed at a later date using a laser. Kerry was able to leave the surgical center with no patch on.

Kerry and Dennis are rejoicing in the goodness of God because Kerry's vision has definitely improved in her left eye. There were not complications, no infections, and very little pain. Each day since the surgery, Kerry has been noticing, little by little, new things that she CAN see! Last night, when she was going on a walk, she noticed that she could see little flowers and could distinguish the color of the leaves from the color of the flower petals. Before the surgery, everything seemed to blend together and was very blurry. Early this evening (8/17) Kerry was looking at Craig's senior portrait that hangs in the living room; she proceded to point to his eyes, nose and beautiful smile.

The next step (Lord willing) will involve having an artificial cornea transplant into the left eye. The doctor said this may occur within the next three to four months when her eye has fully heald from the cataract surgery. Please pray that Kerry's eye will fully heal so that this next important step can take place in God's perfect timing.

We would like to express our deepest thanks for all of the love and prayers that many people have offered up on Kerry's behalf before, during and after this surgery occured. We would also like to say a special thanks to Joan Evans and Peggy Johnston for caring for Kerry while she stayed at the UCLA Tiverton House.

May God richly bless you!