Wet Macular Degeneration
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wet macular degeneration is a chronic eye disorder that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in your visual field. It's generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula (MAK-u-luh). The macula is in the part of the retina responsible for central vision.
I was diagnosed with this on May 7th. I could tell I had a change in vision about 2 weeks prior to that. I had been doing a lot of work in front of the computer besides my normal 40 hour work week. I honestly thought I had over taxed my eyes and they were strained. I'm very glad that I found out differently.
Yesterday was my appointment with the specialist who confirmed what my ophthalmologist had previously said. Now the fun part...
I was dilated once more so they could make 100% sure before proceeding. I then went through a series of tests. Once he decided we proceeded. It's actually a very easy procedure and I want to tell you about it in case anyone else needs to have this done.
After they numb your eyes with several different drops and then finally with another numbing cream that goes on by a q-tip, they also use beta dine to wash the eye, you are asked to look as far up as possible. They then insert a needle into the eye with medication. This entire process took less then 10 min. I did not feel anything at all; as far as the injection.
The cleanup process is simply flushing the eye out with a saline solution. He told me it would most likely feel like it's grainy; which it did. It watered quite a bit and this morning my eye was matted shut. I cannot tell a difference yet but the process could take awhile to shrink the blood vessel that had busted. The eye then reabsorbs the blood.
I want to say if you have dry macular degeneration, it can turn to wet just as mine did. If you are having distorted vision, this could be the cause. See your eye doc right away. It can get worse if not treated. I am not guaranteed the injection will work but at least I tried to save my vision.
I hope this helps others out that are "thinking" about doing this but not sure what to expect.
PS..thank you to everyone who responded to my Mr. Nibbler post. Your thoughts and prayers have been felt. I miss my buddy. My other five keep me busy but he'll always be in my heart.