Teresa Holen

Teresa was diagnosed with Keratoconus in both eyes in 2004. At one point glasses no longer corrected her vision, so she switched to contact lenses which helped her for about two years. The contact lenses were also very painful for her to wear, so she opted for bilateral cornea transplants. Even though her left eye isn’t fully healed, she describes both transplants as successful and says her qualify of life has greatly improved. “I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. Now I can see good enough to drive. Not perfect but absolutely better.”

Prior to her surgery, Teresa couldn’t see details such as leaves on trees or blades of grass and it was painful to go out in the sunlight. “Now I wake up, and I can see!” Teresa’s father recently died and chose to become a donor because he saw the outcome of his daughter’s situation.