I had my appointment with the retina specialist this week. The bad news is that I have diabetic maculopathy in both eyes instead of just one. The good news is they have started treatment and said I would "most likely" regain my vision. They will do injections in both eyes and if the swelling goes down as they expect, they will then treat the bleeds with a laser. They injected the right eye last Thursday and plan on injecting the left eye next Thursday.
My point in posting this is to encourage all of you to have regular eye exams. Not just vision, but also have your retinas checked regularly. If you start to notice blurred vision, do not wait for your next regular appointment. Call and immediately get it checked out.
These problems can happen quickly. My last exam was Dec. 23 and everything was fine. I waited a few weeks after I started having some blurred vision before I got it checked, thinking it was probably just a change in my vision. During those 3 weeks my vision deteriorated significantly. The only way I can describe myself during the week while I waited to see the retinal specialist is to say I was an emotional wreck. Losing my sight has always been my biggest fear.
Although I still have some concern that the outcome of my treatment will be less than desired, at least I am doing something about it and I feel more confident that all will be OK. I am not looking forward to more injections in my eyes, but it sure beats the alternative.
If you feel you are having any problems with your eyes, don't wait to get them checked. Run—don't walk—to your eye care professional.
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