Saturday, January 29, 2011
I was getting concerned cause I am still having difficulty reading the road signs, though it is improved from my worst days when I could not read the largest lettering on the highway signs....Now I can read most of the smaller signs before I am on top of them....
So I had an eye exam and ordered a couple of pairs of computer glasses with dark tinting since the glare in the office was so unbearable when I stopped by my cube where I work.....
My vision for distance was tested at 20/30 which I believe is good enough to drive without correction.
I also talked to my niece today and I had a premonition that she knew someone with myasthenia gravis and one of her uncles (not a blood relative of mine at all) got that disease about 7 years ago which is very odd because when I talked to him he said that only 12 people in 1 million have that. He, unfortunately, had one of the higher grades of it and nearly died and had lots of specialized therapy and is permanently on medications to keep it under control. He said if I have only the ocular type it could possibly only affect the eyes and medication should keep it under control. Also, he has been doing very well for 6-1/2 years now and he is more concerned about his heart disease, having suffered a very serious cardiac arrest with surgery only 4 month ago.
So for now, I am trying to stay unstressed (stress is not good for any disease) and am going to enjoy my next week on medical leave. If things seem better (instead of the up and down I have been experiencing) with my vision I will attempt to return to work on February 7th.
When I stopped by my office yesterday I had to keep my dark glasses on and everytime I took them off to look at the computer or some other reading my eyes ached from the bright lights. I told my supervisor I probably would need some special accommodations regarding light issues when I return to work.
So I am glad I had my vision checked (by an optometrist this time) so I can quit worrying about having an accident with impaired vision. If my vision were to become concerning and I thought I were a menace to myself or others on the road I would not drive....
My main problem is glare and I wear dark glasses while driving even on cloudy days. I also am limiting night driving but it hasn't really been a problem.
The shirt-tail relative who has myasthenia gravis said he can drive now but when he first had the disease he couldn't drive for 3 months because he could not make his eyelids stay up....so he really did have a severe problem. My eyelids are only very slightly droopy and, of course, if I couldn't hold my eyes open I wouldn't drive either.
I found it reassuring talking to someone who has this disease and he told me if I had any other questions he would be glad to talk to me anytime.
It really is a small world!!!!!