Brian was diagnosed with Keratoconus in his left eye in 2002. With the use of glasses, he was able to correct his vision loss for many years. It remained mostly stable with slight disease progression until 2016 when his eye doctor thought it was getting much worse very quickly. He then received a cornea transplant in that eye.
“It wasn’t the smoothest ride, but I can definitely see better now. The stitches stayed in for about a year, but when they started to remove them they found a section that didn’t properly heal. My eye was leaking vitreous fluid, so I had to have three more stitches added to seal the gap.”
His surgeon was able to remove those three stitches- one per month- in early 2018. Brian is able to see well now with the help of soft contact lenses.
“I enjoy photographing things that show light and dark. I like the contrast and try to find things I’d like to paint or draw.”
Brian is very familiar with the importance of eye, organ and tissue donation. His wife is also a cornea transplant recipient. He used to work for an organization that placed allografts for a variety of medical treatments such as knee replacement, bone grafts, spinal fusions and skin grafts.