Thursday, November 15, 2012
On October 18th, I had a stroke to my optic nerve. This is also called non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. This is serious, and so many tests have been done. They have ruled out several other worse things. It is not a generalized inflammatory process, the event was not embolic (a clot from somewhere else traveling to the eye) but rather localized, there is no leakage in the walls between the heard chambers, and nothing we are doing from this point is considered an emergency.
Additional testing will be done to try to find out more about the cause. I will have a Sleep Study, a Clotting Panel, and a round the clock Blood Pressure monitor. If we can learn more about what caused this, we might have more of a chance at prevention.
It is likely just a matter of a predisposition toward vascular problems (hereditary). Having had this “vascular event”, I am now considered at higher risk for having the same thing happen again in the other eye. I am also, unfortunately, at higher risk for having a regular stroke. For prevention, my main change is to add a baby aspirin each day, which is easy, and to just take the best care of myself that I can in general (which is not as easy!).
The vision loss in my right eye is a dark foggy shadow across the bottom half of my vision. It has gotten slightly worse in that there used to be a little gap in the middle, but now it seems to be straight across. They do not expect this to improve much, if at all.
The positive side as I move forward has two parts to it:
1. My brain could get used to this so it will “seem” like less of a problem.
2. There are some things we can do to optimize the vision I do have, by changing my prescriptions for my contacts and glasses. I need to try to get more out of my left eye. After all the other testing settles down, I will let my optometrist help me with that.
Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes and prayers. I do not expect much more to change, but if it does, I will keep you posted.