Dear Singular Eyed
Friends, I am 23 years old and live in the UK:
I asked to post my story on the Artificial Eye Patient Support Page because I
want to share my pain and experiences. I
especially need some support right now since I don't feel too good about myself
and my future.
At the end of June this year (2004) I lost my eye after my then boyfriend of
four years hit me. I have had a metal plate put in my skull and my eyeball was
split in 3 different places. The surgeons did their very best to save my eye
but all they could do was stitch it up and hope for the best. My sight could not
be regained in that eye and after a couple of weeks my eyeball had shrunk to
about quarter of the size, and the doctors said that I needed a scleral shell.
I feel lucky I wasn't brain damaged.
I went to get a temporary shell yesterday while I am on the waiting list for a
fitted one that is molded to the shape of my eye (I will have to wait two
months for that). I was disappointed to hear that I have to take the scleral
shell out every night to give my eye a rest. I was hoping to be able to leave
it in. I was also disappointed to have to wait so long for the shell to be
made, as I would like to get back to normal as soon as I can.
I am now living on my own and wondering how people will react when I meet them
for the first time, and if they will accept me when I tell them about my eye. I
have always been very image conscious and always make sure I keep in shape and
look my best. I guess I will have to change my views on what is important in
Your response would be very much appreciated,
Many thanks and kind regards,