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Date: Wed Dec 7 1:08 AM, 2005
Jimmy's Story
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Hi,
A few days ago I recieved a testimonial by a guy called Jimmy Peacock... I didnt recieve it from Jimmy himself rather from Quintrix.(Thx mate)
I had read on this forum Quintrix eluding to the fact that Jimmys story was a real eye opener (pun alert :))
Now that I have read it myself and contacted him personally it is true Jimmy's mini ark experience is very unique... and I thought I'd heard almost everything associated with the technique :)
This Mr Peacock is quite some guy...
From the homepage click on the patient testimonials section... Jimmys is testimonial (6)
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Jimmys story

Hari

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Date: Wed Dec 7 8:06 PM, 2005
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Hi Hari,


I phoned Jimmy in the UK about 9 months ago and he said he was vey happy with the proceedure. He also said that he was going to have lens implants but he was going to wait until later to have these fitted in the UK.


 


Best Wishes,


 


Michael Coughlan.



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Date: Wed Dec 7 10:30 PM, 2005
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Hi Michael,
Seems like now he wont be needing them :)
Actually to be honest and I may be getting my wires crossed here but I think I heard that at first he wasnt that happy with the result of his mini ark. Just goes to show that this is a procedure that needs time to reach its full potential...

Hari

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Date: Wed Dec 7 11:42 PM, 2005
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Hi Mike anf Hari,


Its all there in his testimonial, the main thing is that he was long sighted and wanted to get rid of his thick glasses (as his mum told me! ...that he gets touchy that people are looking at him due to his very thick lensed glasses!)


So once his kc vision was corrected after a "retouch" (the name for a mini-ark re-operation to add one or more incisions) he consulted both in the uk and italy for implantable lenses to correct his long sightness.


However on his visit to Italy for Implantable lenses, they believed his coreans was now thick enough to do Lasik, when previously his corneas was too thin, before mini-ark.


Now, the over-whelming advice is.... not to do Lasik on a kc cornea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, thick or not, and it will take 3 to 4 years to know the results to having Lasik on a kc cornea, Jimmy's follow up has only been 3 months from what he writes.


We are only patients, a trusted doctor like Prof. Lombadri for Jimmy was very valuable for him, Jimmy who is a friend of mine is very happy! which is the main thing after he put a lot of time and effort to reach where he is now, which only the very few can write about!


He is happy now and i hope him continued success...


(By the way, have you noticed this is my 666th post lol



-- Edited by QuintriX at 14:58, 2005-12-13

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Date: Thu Dec 8 12:32 AM, 2005
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Hi guys,
To be honest I dont have an opinion one way or the other on the do's or donts of having Lasik surgery. Common sence would suggest that having it on an already compremised keratoconic cornea makes little sence... and in fact warnings are everywhere. Those with KC are told to avoid Lasik at all costs:

Patients with keratoconus must not have LASIK or PRK laser eye surgery due to an unacceptable risk of a poor outcome. The cornea in keratoconus is unusually thin and weak. For patients with keratoconus, LASIK surgery thins and weakens their corneas further. This can irreversibly destabilize the cornea and accelerate its distortion.

But on a healthy cornea or one that had KC but has now assumed an acceptable thickness I'm not so sure.
I havnt really looked into it that much but I guess that in some instances and in the right hands it may be of advantage.
In Jimmy's case it is still very early to tell what the result will be... it is a radical approuch he has taken and to my mind a very brave step. Radical is not always right but it sure beats the hell out of sitting back and taking whatever is served up.
Jimmy is about the same age as me... One of my thoughts going into mini ark was that even if I got five to ten good years out of it then it would at least mean that I could enjoy the important times... watching my kids grow, working, enjoying life...
I figured that to wait for the 'Cure' was futile as the 100% safe wonder fix-all does not exist.
We take the best from what is on offer and cater it to our personal needs... if this rubs the established modes of treatment up the wrong way then so be it.
My life with Kc has taught me to question all... that all doctors are not wrong but some are very much so. That the accepted line has to be pushed if we are ever to find a cohesive way out of the KC jungle...

Hari


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Date: Sun Dec 11 10:53 PM, 2005
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Lasik or not Lasik a KC cornea, even if it is reinforced with miniARK? I'd ruther not.
But there is another thing that puzzles me. I can not imagine a conus that could result in a farsightedness. Can somebody tell me what corneal geometry should be to cause farsightedeness? probably the conus should be very decentered?

-- Edited by Yarsky at 22:55, 2005-12-11

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Date: Mon Dec 12 12:02 AM, 2005
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The farshightness (longsightness) is the same as why anyone "normal" who has farsightness, has it... the kc actually helped him slightly with his farsightness as kc causes short-sightness (did not help him by not that much at all), however the kc gave him all the trouble that kc gives, like distored vision, ghosting ect...

Both problems are seperate...

-- Edited by QuintriX at 00:04, 2005-12-12

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Date: Mon Dec 12 9:58 AM, 2005
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Oh I see now! Thanks Quintrix!

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