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I saw the vitreoretinal surgeon yesterday.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I was told by the scheduler that the eye drops might last 24 hours so I took 2 days off work. I felt more confident of receiving excellent care for the AMD from my new doctor (Jill Johnson) and I felt we had better rapport than I had with the previous ophthalmologist. I will return to see her in 2 weeks for another Avastin injection.

I had to take a cab to and from the doctors' office yesterday and spent about $40 even though it is only about 4 miles from my house. And, of course, this included a $5 tip for each of the drivers. I hope I can find a ride from a neighbor for at least one way next time.

I have to renew my driver's license by my birthday on May 31st and my new doctor told me to take my time and breathe deeply and don't get upset when I am reading the eye chart. She said as long as I can see with one eye I will be able to continue to drive. I thought I would do that this coming weekend and also renew my tabs for the car at the same time which is due the next day after my birthday.

I thought the doctor volunteered important information which I felt the other doctor didn't take the time to explain to me, so I definitely will have her continue to follow the AMD. She also explained that some of the eye vitamins are better than others and I have to check if I have been taking one used especially for macular degeneration.

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    I love it that your new doc 'explains things' to you. Wow! I'm so impressed. I've had dear friends and a few family members with this disease, but most of them were long enough ago that the medical profession did have the know-how they do now.

    God bless you, sweetie. We'll all route (sp?) for you! emoticon emoticon

    1759 days ago
  • RFJSJ50
    My mom and a close friend both have macular degeneration. Mom's is responding quite well to the Avastin injections and the fluid is gone at this time. It was caught very early so she only had one round of the shots ( 3 months). She takes Preservison vitamins, 2 per day. My friend is a diabetic and is not doing as well. She was just switched to Avastin because the other drug injections stopped helping. She takes Focus, the vitamin the retina specialist's office has available.
    I had to renew my license a week before scheduled cataract surgery and could only see out of one eye at the time. I passed, so you shouldn't worry too much about it.
    1759 days ago
    Second opinions and a different doctor can make all the difference. You are making progress. Good luck!
    1760 days ago
  • MCGS62
    I am glad you like your new doctor.
    Which eye vitamins did she reccommend ? neither one of my doctors has suggested any eye vitamins.

    oh yea I get those avastin shots too in one eye only also
    what I noticed is that even on days when my right eye is not doing well , not only can i drive but some how as long as there is even poor vision in one eye I still have pretty good depth perception.
    good enough to catch baseball as long as it is thrown reasonably close to me

    of course I refuse to run after them if they are poorly thrown
    1760 days ago
  • NHES220
    Well it sounds like the switching of doctors brought some good news! Maybe May will be a good month. Hang in there.
    1760 days ago
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