My mother had her six month eye checkup today with her surgeon to see how well her cornea transplant was doing.
One of the tests was to see how many cells were in her cornea and the machine pictured above is what was used.
It’s a microscope and the pictures it takes are at the cellular level. I wish I could have grabbed some photos of the actual images but I wasn’t comfortable snapping those. I didn’t know if the techs would get upset.
It was neat watching the technician count the number of cells in a small area and then the computer gives an estimate of how many cells total are in the cornea.
My mother and half brother have an eye disease called Fuchs’ dystrophy, basically your corneas wear out. So far, knocking on wood, my eye doctor sees no sign I have it. Hopefully some genes from my father are looking out for me.
My mother’s left eye is in worse shape and hasn’t had any cornea work. What was neat was when they ran this equipment on her left eye. You could see the effects of this disease on her cornea. The images looked like pictures you would see of the moon or some distant planet. It looked like you had mountains and smooth areas. The raised areas was the parts the disease was destroying.
The only cure for this disease is a cornea transplant.
It’s amazing how much technology we have that can do good but as a society we still do stupid things.