I am starting to work on reviving this neglected blog. Over the last few years, my photography in the South Bay waned due to some problems with my vision. For 15 years or so I knew that a genetic problem with my corneas would eventually cause vision problems and indeed they did. With Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD) the innermost layer of the cornea has a die-off of endothelial cells, which are responsible for maintaining the cornea’s shape and removing impurities that would otherwise cloud vision. By 2017 I found myself seeing so poorly that my compositional capacity in KAP sessions devolved into a “spray and pray” exercise. By 2018, I was not driving at night and close to giving up driving altogether. I turned my attention to less visually demanding pursuits.

In 2018, I bit the bullet and started to get serious about getting corneal transplants. There have been great advances in surgical technique for corneal transplants in the last decade and I was most fortunate to connect with Dr David Hwang at the University of California, San Francisco’s Cornea Clinic. Dr. Hwang is a genial wizard with corneal matters and uses the most current technique for the corneal transplants (DMEK). The right eye was done in 2018 and the left eye in May 2019. My post-surgery recoveries went smoothly enough and I now sport 20-20 vision (corrected) and near 20-25 (unaided). I feel like I can see like a hawk – miraculous indeed.

So, I have started to fly the camera again. I can see the cradle at the distance as in the older days and can compose with felicity. I have renewed my permissions for South Bay photography and in the first couple of months of 2020, I have been out a dozen times for KAP sessions in the wildlife refuge. It is great to be back in action.

It is my intention to get things moving on this Hidden Ecologies site again. Stay tuned.

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