Reminder of Graft Rejection Symptoms

April 2020: These are complex and fast moving times in health care. Maintaining healthy vision is a vital concern for us all. In light of the quickly-evolving situation with COVID-19, we encourage each of you to check your eye drop supplies and prescriptions in order to ensure you have what you need.  
Despite the fact that we are hopeful social isolation may only last weeks rather than months it is best to be prepared for a longer duration. Many cornea transplant patients meet age and other criteria that place them at higher risk of complications and, as such, additional safety precautions are needed.  Many eye doctor offices are closing, reducing hours or rescheduling routine eye care to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Please coordinate with your eye care provider to ensure you have what you need and if they think it is acceptable for you to reschedule a routine visit for a later date. 
If you have had a cornea transplant and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please consult your doctor's office right away:

R - Redness: graft rejection may present with a red eye
S - Sensitivity: light sensitivity beyond what is typical for you 
V - Vision: decreased vision caused by a cloudy or foggy sensation
P - Pain:  irritation, foreign body sensation or discomfort without a direct cause
Remember, RSVP. 
Most rejections, if caught early, can be reversed with minimal long-term implications. However it is vitally important to continue taking your medications as prescribed by your doctor to maintain healthy vision.
Although your eye doctor cannot check intraocular pressure for glaucoma or measure your vision remotely, some offices may be able to perform a general assessment via virtual or telemedicine exams for patients.
Specifically for patients in IndianaPrice Vision Group, our research partner, may be able to set up a session with a Price Vision Group doctor in the coming weeks for questions about RSVP or other eye problems. Video sessions will be an option for those with a working phone camera or computer webcam. For more information, call 888-317-3937.
If you are a caregiver to a loved one with a vision problem, please reach out to ensure they have what they need. We will get through this together. 
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