This is Thom, Kristine’s husband. You may have noticed that Kristine has not been posting or been online in a couple of days. She asked that I tell you why.
Tuesday October 15th, Kristine woke up with sharp pain in her eye. The pain subsided and she was able to drive around doing some errands with her mother. Thursday October 17th she awoke with the same pain in her eye. I thought it would be best to take her to the emergency room, through that experience that we discovered that Kristine has Cogan’s Dystrophy it is a disease that affects the cornea. It is commonly called Map-Dot-Fingerprint Dystrophy because of microscopic dot and fingerprint-like patterns
that form within the layers of the cornea.
The cornea is comprised of five layers. Cogan’s affects the superficial cornea layer called the epithelium. The epithelium’s bottom, or basement layer of cells becomes thickened and uneven. This weakens the bond between the cells and sometimes causes the epithelium to become loosened and slough off in areas. This problem is called corneal erosion. It often affects both eyes and is typically diagnosed after the age of 30. Cogan’s usually becomes progressively worse with age.
I doubt you will see her online or posting for a least a couple of days as intense pain and lack of vision is keeping her from you.
I’ll try to keep everyone updated.