Hello Reddit! Around a year ago I did an AMA on my birth defect and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do it again.
Proof 3 (Potential NSFW if you don't want to look at an eye socket
So, I was born with only one functional eye, my right eye. During my time in the womb, I contracted the birth defect known as PHPV or persistent hyper plastic primary vitreous. PHPV occurs when a jelly -like substance in the vitreous of the eye do not drain out after the eye has been fully developed and in my case, led to blindness, however it can also lead to just blurred vision and other symptoms.
I was not diagnosed with PHPV until I was 6 months old, after my mother realized that one of my eyes was acting normal, but the other one drifted away from what I was looking at. My mother contacted the family pediatrician, and we were recommended to go to the Cleveland Clinic where I was formally diagnosed.
Although I had received various treatments, I had no surgery conducted on the eye until I was 6 years old, almost 7. My fake eye was hurting my other eye greatly, and in the middle of my 1st grade class, I left and was sent home. My mother took me to our pediatrician, who recommended an esteemed eye doctor to my mother, who could help diagnose and solve the pain. It was at this appointment with said eye doctor that I was informed I had developed glaucoma, due to complications and from not having the eye lens removed.
Glaucoma is an often large side-effect of PHPV, however it is uncommon in someone that is already blind (or at least based on what I have found by personal research). The building up eye pressure from the glaucoma and the pain caused by the pressure led to me having a surgery, the next week to have my eye enucleated. I spent a couple days recovering from the surgery, with bandages covering the entire left side of my face, but after 3 days rehabbing, I was sent home. After a week, only 1 day before my 7th birthday, I had the full on bandages removed, and was downgraded to an eye patch. Fittingly so, my birthday party that year was pirate-themed.
After all my surgery, in August I was finally given a fake eye, made of acrylic, that closely resembled my eye. It has now been over 9 years since the surgery that removed my nonfunctional eye. My life did not change much due to the surgery. I still played sports such as: swimming, baseball, soccer, bowling, and others. In the classroom, I only had to make minor adjustments to my schooling, and remained a straight A student. However, my vision has only gotten worse. Not only am I blind in my left eye, my right eye is very nearsighted. However, I try not to mind it and live my life out as a regular teenager. In high school, it has definitely affected my social interactions, but I find that as people get more used to the prospect of my eye, social interactions with them change for the better.