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Keratoconus

VA Disability

I was diagnosed with keratoconus in both eyes by a military doctor at McChord AFB, Tacoma, Washington. My initial vision was determined to be 20 / 1250 in the right eye and 20 / 850 in the left eye. Since that time I’ve had 4 corneal transplants: right eye in 1981 and left eye in 1983. The second round of transplants were in 1991 and 1993. I’ve had three relaxations surgeries performed – the latest in February of 2019. I will be facing transplant #5 in June of 2019 if the relaxations surgery does not help with my vision. I have requested a copy of my military records to see if there’s anything in it that would stipulate what my vision was during active duty in the Philippines, Japan and Korea. I have tentatively been assigned a code of 6036 by the VA. I had a forklift accident while in the Philippines in which I broke fingers and sustained a mild concussion that did not result in losing consciousness. Along with the eye situation I have been diagnosed with disk degenerative disease that may be linked to the forklift accident. I have three vertebrae (L4, L5 and S1) that are fused together because the insulation material between the vertebrae are gone. I have also been diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in both legs and Polycythemia Vera (PCV). I was asked by my medical provider if I’d had any accidents that would have, or could have, triggered these diseases. The only one I can remember is that of the fork truck accident in 1965 while in the USAF stationed at Clark AFB, Philippines. Any advice?


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