Slow degradation of my vision. Seeing a retina specialist

Posted by Bonita @bonitav, May 19, 2015

After a slow degradation of my vision, especially close as in computer usage, saw optician and after eye exam, received new lenses. Not much improvement, so I scheduled appointment with an ophthalmologist, who diagnosed very dry eyes, but with bleeding behind the retina in my left eye. Referred me to a retina specialist whom I see tomorrow. Any ideas what could be causing this other than retina detachment? About two years ago, had laser treatment for floaters. Wonder if this is related to that procedure. Can this also be related to a vascular problem? Thanks!

H@hopeful33250

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@bonitav

@hopeful33250 Thanks Teresa. Will be thinking of you too and will check in later. Take care.

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Thanks Teresa @hopeful33250 for your supportive message, as you always do.

Believe it or not, this is my 3rd attempt to respond to your message; not sure what happens when it disappears, so excuse if this is a duplicate.. 🙂

My brother and I were close because he was 7 and I was 10 when our mother died. Our father was a double amputee (Buerger’s Disease) so I was instrumental in helping care for my brother and helping with the housework. Thank goodness our Dad was a great cook…. from his wheelchair. After our Dad died when I was 15 and my brother 12, we were moved from relatives to friends, etc. When I went away to college, felt very guilty as I had been instrumental in helping him with his homework, etc. He later joined the Army.

Thanks for the link to the MRE article. After reading that, realized I probably have had that test.. sometime ago. Not pleasant but hope it provides my GI some helpful info. Will keep you posted when I get the results of that test… which may take some time based on my recent experience.

I hope things are going well with you. I know you provide much support to many and for that, you are indeed a blessing.
Thanks again.

Bonnie

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@bonitav

@hopeful33250 Thanks Teresa. Will be thinking of you too and will check in later. Take care.

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Thanks Rosemary @rosemarya for your supportive message.

I do understand the loss of a sibling especially when you’re close and can’t be there before their passing. Today I’m thinking about my brother as I so want to call him or have him call, as we normally would.

Happy to hear your vision treatments are working for you and hope that continues! Yes, I think I will learn more when I see my regular retina specialist next month. I’m so grateful for the expansion of treatments for vision problems.
Take care and thanks again!
Bonnie.

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@bonitav

@hopeful33250 Thanks Teresa. Will be thinking of you too and will check in later. Take care.

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Hi Bonnie @bonitav

Thanks for your response and your kind words. I’m sorry that you experienced the disappearing message – I’m glad that you persisted and got your message through!

Wow…you and your brother were very close – I can understand better the profound loss you must feel. He was like a brother as well as a son to you, given your history of your taking caring for him as you both were growing up.

I will be looking forward to hearing from you regarding the results of your MRE, I hope that it goes well for you and helps your doctor find some answers.

I recently had a repeat MRI for the pancreatic cysts and while they looked unchanged, there was a lesion on the liver. According to the radiologist it looked benign, however, I’m going to look into that further.

Keep in touch,

Teresa

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@rosemarya

@bonitav, I want to inquire about your visit to the retina specialist. Were you able to find out about the bleeding behind your retina? Is there any treatment for it? I was diagnosed with a blood seepage in my right eye, but I think it is in front of retina. My condition is branch retinal vein occlusion. I receive treatment and regular checkups for it. Rosemary

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Hi @peach414144… I just saw your post about the relationship between kidney disease, anemia and dry eyes. I have Stage 3 Kidney function due to vascular disease restricting blood flow to kidney. Thanks so much for posting that info; I’ll speak with my nephrologist and retina specialist. Am anemic and very dry eyes… Restasis not helping much. Always attributed the dry eye to Crohns and malabsorption.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s causing what, as you probably know.
Will try to stay in touch more often…
Bonnie.

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@rosemarya

@bonitav, I want to inquire about your visit to the retina specialist. Were you able to find out about the bleeding behind your retina? Is there any treatment for it? I was diagnosed with a blood seepage in my right eye, but I think it is in front of retina. My condition is branch retinal vein occlusion. I receive treatment and regular checkups for it. Rosemary

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hey there. i forgot to bring out the fact that i also have sjogrens disease which i think brings out the horrible dry eyes and moth, etc. take care and as my new opthamalogist says: “drink more water”.

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@rosemarya

@bonitav, I want to inquire about your visit to the retina specialist. Were you able to find out about the bleeding behind your retina? Is there any treatment for it? I was diagnosed with a blood seepage in my right eye, but I think it is in front of retina. My condition is branch retinal vein occlusion. I receive treatment and regular checkups for it. Rosemary

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@peach414144, that’s what my nephrologist says… drink 1.5 liters of water daily! I try. 🙂

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@bonitav

@hopeful33250 Thanks Teresa. Will be thinking of you too and will check in later. Take care.

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@hopeful33250, Teresa, You are absolutely right to stay on top of your health 🙂 I hope that you get another good report.
Rosemary

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@bonitav

@hopeful33250 Thanks Teresa. Will be thinking of you too and will check in later. Take care.

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Thanks, @rosemarya

Yes, Rosemary, if there is one thing we learned from Katherine – it’s to be proactive and our own advocate!

Teresa

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Hello Bonnie, @bonitav

It has been several months since you last posted and I’ve been thinking about you. I know that you have posted about various health problems with your vision as well as digestive tract disorders – not to mention the passing of your brother last year. I hope that you and your family got through the holidays with as much good cheer as possible.

When you have time, please update us on how you are doing. We would love to hear from you.

Teresa

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@hopeful33250

Hello Bonnie, @bonitav

It has been several months since you last posted and I’ve been thinking about you. I know that you have posted about various health problems with your vision as well as digestive tract disorders – not to mention the passing of your brother last year. I hope that you and your family got through the holidays with as much good cheer as possible.

When you have time, please update us on how you are doing. We would love to hear from you.

Teresa

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Hi Teresa @hopeful33250 Good to hear from you. Yes, things have been busy and consists mostly of dr visits and labs, etc. Began Stelara but after several months, discontinued as it didn’t seem to be effective.
Thanks for remembering my brother’s passing. That was a difficult time and then the holidays without him. During Hurricane Irma I almost called him to let him know I was okay.

Ma having cataract surgery on my left eye next week. Not sure how long it will be before the right eye is done. Then will have reading glasses made. Always something but glad I’m as well as I am. Worst problem now is the impact of having had gallbladder removed at the time of the last resection.
How are things going with you? I should have kept in touch more frequently. Thanks again! Bonnie.

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@hopeful33250

Hello Bonnie, @bonitav

It has been several months since you last posted and I’ve been thinking about you. I know that you have posted about various health problems with your vision as well as digestive tract disorders – not to mention the passing of your brother last year. I hope that you and your family got through the holidays with as much good cheer as possible.

When you have time, please update us on how you are doing. We would love to hear from you.

Teresa

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@bonitav Nice to hear from you Bonnie!

I’m glad that everything is going well for you. Cataract surgery is a pretty easy procedure these days. I had my right eye done first and my left eye done a couple of years ago. It really makes a difference. You will be glad that you had it done.

Everything is going pretty well for me. I got through an endoscopy last year with no new carcinoid cancer showing up. I’m due for another endoscopy sometime this year. I also had a MRI to look for any changes in the pancreatic cysts, and everything looked about the same. There is a lesion on the liver, but it has not changed over the past several years, so it is considered indolent (or benign), which is all good news in my opinion! I’ve had some heart valve problems and one doctor thinks I’ll need a valve replacement in a year or so, but another doctor is not so sure about that, so I guess I’ll keep my original equipment for a while 🙂

I’m sure that you missed your brother’s presence during the holidays – he will undoubtedly always be close to you in your heart.

I hope that you have a wonderful new year.

Teresa

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@hopeful33250

Hello Bonnie, @bonitav

It has been several months since you last posted and I’ve been thinking about you. I know that you have posted about various health problems with your vision as well as digestive tract disorders – not to mention the passing of your brother last year. I hope that you and your family got through the holidays with as much good cheer as possible.

When you have time, please update us on how you are doing. We would love to hear from you.

Teresa

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@bonitav, My ophthalmologist is watching/monitoring me for cataract surgery at some future time. I am scheduled for 6 month appointments with him, so I feel comfortable that I am in good care. I will be thinking of you next week when you have your cataract procedure. I am due a retina visit next week, and I am hopeful that my most recent 3 injection series does not need to be repeated. Blessings for the New Year.
Rosemary

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@hopeful33250

Hello Bonnie, @bonitav

It has been several months since you last posted and I’ve been thinking about you. I know that you have posted about various health problems with your vision as well as digestive tract disorders – not to mention the passing of your brother last year. I hope that you and your family got through the holidays with as much good cheer as possible.

When you have time, please update us on how you are doing. We would love to hear from you.

Teresa

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Hi Rosemary @rosemarya Glad you have a caring opthamologist who is monitoring you. I also hope you don’t need more of the injections. I keep hoping I can avoid those in the future. Will let you know how the cataract surgery goes. Most people I’ve spoken with about this procedure are very positive. I know I’ll be there a while but the procedure itself doesn’t take long. Have a good New Year! Bonnie.

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@bonitav

Wishing you well! Will you post and let us know how the cataract surgery goes for you?

Teresa

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