In early June, I blogged about my rapidly deteriorating vision. Instead of only bothering me when I try to read, since February or March, I’ve had trouble seeing anything much smaller than a school bus. The sudden change has been both frightening and frustrating.
Since 2010, I’ve been getting injections of various drugs (Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis) in my left eye every month or two to treat my advanced (wet) macular degeneration. Recent retina scans of my left eye show a marked improvement, but even the top row on the eye chart has been impossible for me to see. Fortunately, until February or March, my right eye had been fine.
At my June appointment, the retina specialist checked my right eye as well as my left. With my right eye, I couldn’t see a thing, but with my left, I was able to read all the letters on the top four rows of the eye chart. This great news means the injections help.
The retina scan for my right eye — the first in a year or more — revealed the reason for the sudden decline in my vision. I now have advanced (wet) macular degeneration in both eyes. In time, given the improvement in what I can see with my left eye, I’m hopeful the same will happen with my right.
Getting injections in both eyes in the same appointment is no fun. The biggest difference is the extra time I have to wait for the soothing, post-injection rinse to clear out the betadine ointment. No matter how well they rinse, they never get it all. After the numbing drops wear off, my eyes burn and tears stream down my cheeks until the last of the offending substance is gone a few hours later.
My monthly eye appointments aren’t optional. Without treatment, I’d already be legally blind. A few hours of discomfort every four weeks is a small price to pay for my vision. I’ll keep you posted.