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I knew this might happen.. re: macular degeneration

Friday, April 19, 2013

Yesterday afternoon at work I had a sudden change in vision with things looking double and difficulty reading. I did a quick check with the Amsler grid and saw very wavy line on the left side of the grid with my right eye so I called my ophthalmologist's office and they got me in yesterday afternoon. They mapped my macula with a special test and visual acuity in the right eye was 20/70 (I could only see two of the extra large numbers at the bottom of the chart).

I was told there was a small bleed in the eye and the only treatment for that is Avastin injection which I accepted. I am worried whether the vision will improve but was given no guarantees, just told there is a chance it may improve after several monthly injections.

Of course, I am a bit shocked and saddened at this point, but the doctor said I could return to work today. I have to use drops in the affected eye 4 times a day for a few days.

The first thing I asked the doctor about was being able to drive and he said if my right eye fails the eye test he will pass me since my left eye is nearly 20/20 corrected and 20/30 uncorrected. I also quizzed him about how the good eye looks and he said, "So far there is no change from last time, but come in right away with any changes." At this point, I am hopeful the injection works and have heard from a lot of people that they had success with this.

The really scary thing is that if both eyes were such low vision, I don't know if I could work, drive or even read. It is truly a "rude awakening." emoticon
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