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!

@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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Thanks Teresa, I’ll be in touch as soon as I can get glasses adjusted or ?? 🙂

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@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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@bonitav Bonnie: Sounds good. (You will probably get a prescription for new lenses after you recover from the surgery.)

We will look forward to hearing 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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@rosemarya, The injections aren’t that bad at all. They use drops to numb your eye. The part I don’t like is of they dilate your eyes!
So I have to make a real difficult decision: early morning when it is not crowded/short wait, and have dilated eyes all day? or Late appointment when there is a long wait, but I can just go home and be lazy afterwards.
Rosemary

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Diabetic problems?

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I had similar symptoms retina specialist diagnosis was macular degeneration.

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@joan1234

I had similar symptoms retina specialist diagnosis was macular degeneration.

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yes, i also have similar symptoms and i have macular degeneration and gloucoma with dry eyes. i am now using a new eye drop medication called Xiidra lifit opthamalic solution 5% along with Restasis and Lumigan. am hoping for the best. good luck to you.

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I’ve been receiving treatment since 2004.
I’ve been blessed with my Opthamologist and Retina Specialist! I wish you well!

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@joan1234

I’ve been receiving treatment since 2004.
I’ve been blessed with my Opthamologist and Retina Specialist! I wish you well!

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@joan1234, Welcome to Mayo Connect:-) Thank you for sharing your positive message about your treatment. In my opinion, your words, “Blessed by my Ophthalmologist and Retina Specialist” are appropriate. I do not have macular degeneration, but do I receive similar “blessings” from my own ophthalmologist and retina specialists.

I want to send you congratulations on your longevity/adherence to your treatment. You sound like a good patient! I try to be one and the routine treatments are working for me.
Rosemary

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Being a good patient is the key to keeping my eye sight. I was told by my very first Retina Specialist who was a professor at a local college as well as his practice the key to keeping my eyesight was in my hands to be following his protocol. So from the very beginning I have faithfully used both eye drops every night as well as having the injections every four to six weeks. The injections have stopped the bleeding behind the retinas. Believe me I am blessed to have been referred to a knowledgeable doctor. Every day I thank the man above for my blessings!

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@joan1234

Being a good patient is the key to keeping my eye sight. I was told by my very first Retina Specialist who was a professor at a local college as well as his practice the key to keeping my eyesight was in my hands to be following his protocol. So from the very beginning I have faithfully used both eye drops every night as well as having the injections every four to six weeks. The injections have stopped the bleeding behind the retinas. Believe me I am blessed to have been referred to a knowledgeable doctor. Every day I thank the man above for my blessings!

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@joan1234, I like your attitude! It is a real blessing when we do find a health care provider whom we can really trust. And the result is that we can adhere to the continued treatment plan.
I have a Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO) which is a vein that leaks and causes inflammation. I get injections on a variable schedule. I also use drops nightly. My doctors are pleased with my response to the injections. They keep a close watch on me. I appreciate that.
Rosemary

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@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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@bonitav, I’m thinking of you. Whenever you are ready to read this message. I hope you are recovering and comfortable.
Rosemary

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@bonitav

I’d like to join Rosemary in wishing you well. I hope your cataract surgery was textbook perfect and that you are recovering nicely!

Teresa

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@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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@rosemarya Thanks Rosemary. Unfortunately the cataract surgery was rescheduled until tomorrow, 1/30. Was disappointed but will be glad when this one’s over. Hope all is well with you. I noticed you and I have many similar issues. I, too, have a mild heart murmur but no one’s concerned at this point. Have a good day. Will update sometime after tomorrow. 🙂

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@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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@rosemarya, @hopeful33250 Thanks for your concern for my surgery which was Jan 30, and which went well with the exception of being bumped on my left eyebrow with the head halo that’s used to keep the head still during the procedure. Not sure which team member was the culprit as I was already mildly sedated. I was aware that something had happened and was in pain. There was no ice pack applied or anything. The surgeon wasn’t in the surgery bay at the time. After the procedure, someone told me they would annotate my record. At any rate, all seemed well for about 3 days and then I began to have weird sensations… ringing in my ears, headache, bruising at the corner of my eye, erratic blood pressure and unsteadiness on my feet. Went to the ER where a CT and labs were done. Those seemed normal but the dr there told me I most likely had a mild concussion and to follow up with my primary care doctor. Did that on Tuesday and she too thought I had all the symptoms of a concussion. I had a follow up with surgeon today. The cornea is clear and eye pressure is lowering. Went upstairs to the surgery center and signed a request for a copy of my records, but the administrator who is in charge of such wasn’t in today and will call me tomorrow. Signed a release so they could get a copy of the CT scan report from the ER. Not having had a concussion before, have no real info except what I found via google and some reputable medical sites. All the symptoms could clear in as little as a few days, a few months or even a year. The older one is, the longer healing takes. I’m upset and have some mild depression. At least my vision is improving and hoping the other symptoms heal sooner than a few months or a year. 🙂 Will keep you updated and thanks again for your concern.

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@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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@bonitav, I am so very sorry to hear of your complications. I can understand that you are upset. This is an awful thing to have happened to you!
Here is Mayo Clinic information on Concussion.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/symptoms-causes/syc-20355594

What kind of support has the surgeon offered to provide for you as a result of this?

I send my thoughts and prayer for healing and full recovery.
Rosemary

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