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Julia Teixeira - Keratoconus: A new way to see the world

Hello! My name is Julia Teixeira and I am from Brazil. I am 31, but I discovered my keratoconus when I was 14. The day that I knew I have cried so much. I was born in a small town in Brazil and my doctor did not have so much experience in keratoconus.

So, he suggested me to look for a Hospital in a big city. Well, I used to wear glasses since my age 10, but the keratoconus changed my life. Once a year I traveled with my family 6 hours by car to visit the Eye Hospital in Belo Horizonte. The doctors were very clear with me and I started to wear Rose K.

All my life I had to live with allergy and was not so easy to stay with "solid" contact lenses.

When I was 19 I moved to SP and I needed to visit another doctor. Well, my surprise was when I was 28 that doctor told me that I need to have a transplant in my left eye. I felt down. I cried all day long and had trouble in my job.

So, one day I was crying in a bathroom about the transplant possibility and a friend of mine gave a keratoconus doctor specialist number. I made the phone call that day and one week later I was being examined by Tadeu Cvintal – the most important doctor in corneal transplant in Brazil. He told me that I did not need surgery and I had the possibility to wear scleral lenses. He recommended being patient to Dr. Marcelo, his friend and a good doctor too.

Julia Teixeira - Intacs corneal implants (1) Keratoconus Group Blog

So, I felt hope in that moment, but at the same time angry because the other doctor could operate my eye.

My journey with keratoconus was not in the end. I used scleral lenses about 3 years, but my allergy began again and  my time with scleral was not so long. After the 30s the hypermetropy appeared and I did not adapt more with scleral. So, my doctor advised me that problem could worse. Well, I began depression, because I like to practice sports, go to the beach and keratoconus was a prison for me. I started to have panic attacks and my vision was worse. My only exit was try Intacs, even if they could not work form me.

Julia Teixeira - Intacs corneal implants (2) Keratoconus Group Blog

I took 4 months to decide insert Intacs. I was shaking and nervous, but it was my freedom. The surgery was ok and my doctor was very confident. Well, Now I am here, three months later, writing this article for you. Without glasses and contacts lenses. The surgery was a success! My left eye is so perfect that it compensate my right eye.

I will be married in a few weeks and I am free now. Every day I pray for the doctors and thank God to be blessed!

By Julia Teixeira

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  1. I am very happy to see my post here! :-)

  2. I don't know why there is so much negativity about transplant . I had it and I am happy with the vision. I know many people who had it hmm

  3. I am very happy for your progress and what I am reading from you of keratconus treatment advancements.

    I have been living with keratconus for more than fifty years. And I like yourself my life has been shaped by this disease.

    My own story is one of spiritual and psychological transformation that has brought me to this place and time.

    Soon I may share some of my story.

    But for now I am just wishing you and all the many others who share this particular journey Merry Christmas.

  4. thats nice..may you get better..

  5. Did you do crosslinking?

  6. Glad you are doing better. Here is the story of my KC adventure http://www.keratoconusgroup.org/2017/03/how-can-you-ever-say-thank-you-for-your-eyesight.html