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!

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