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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@rosemarya The surgeon was kind when I was there yesterday and reminded me to call should I feel worse or if I’m not getting better soon. Finally got the call from the Admin person who releases records. Will pick up a copy tomorrow. He asked how I was feeling and told him my ears were still ringing and I sometimes felt wobbly when getting up from a sitting position. He seemed concerned. told him I’d be seeing my primary care dr Thursday. Thanks for the link to Mayo. Will take a look there. Thanks for checking on me and will update when there’s a change or Thursday. Hope you’re having a good day. Bonnie.

@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 Hello Bonnie

I am so sorry to hear that you were bumped in the head before your surgery! You certainly didn’t need that added complication.

While I’ve never had a concussion myself, I know that they can take some time to heal and I hope that yours is a quick recovery.

Were there any specific instructions to follow from the concussion? I hope you will post after you see your doctor on Thursday.

I’ll also be praying for your healing and courage.

Teresa

@hopeful33250

@bonitav

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

Teresa

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@hopeful33250, Thanks Teresa. No one gave me instructions except to rest and not to lift anything, but that was before the concussion symptoms occurred. No specific care instructions for the concussion. I’m not that energetic right now so I’m not too active. Will get info from my dr on thurs. Will update. Thanks again. Bonnie.

I am praying for you. Does anybody know if anything can be done for my failing vision: I have had cataract surgery which has not helped. I have glaucoma and macular degeneration. I am slowly going blind (plus dry eyes). Can anybody help me please?

@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 Hi Bonnie:

Take it easy and I’ll look forward to hearing from you again.

Teresa

@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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I have so many health issues, I just don't want to list them at the moment. However, I do want to share with you this: I wasn't blessed with any musical ability whatsoever. I have no rhythm, cannot carry a tune, cannot dance. My husband told me I danced like Howdy Doody. I was told by my music teach I was monotone. I was even kicked out of the children's choir at church. Yes, it's all true. I just have to laugh at it all. God did give me a great sense of humor. When I get to the promised land, I will sing and dance!

@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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@woogie, Welcome to Mayo Connect! I admire your powerful attitude. I have every confidence that we will all be able to sing and dance and laugh together. Sounds 'heavenly'.
I am happy that you have joined us on Mayo Connect. Here you can meet and interact with a wonderful group of people who each have joined seeking support, sharing experiences, or simply enjoying the conversation. I have a feeling that you will fit in to any conversation that interests you – I invite you to look thru our Discussion Groups, Pages, Events, and Champions sections of Connect to get you started.
Woogie, what brought you to Connect? What interest or condition, or experience would you like to share, or learn more about?

I look forward to hearing more from you. (Go ahead and sing about it if you want!)
Rosemary

@Dearbonitay, I also have dry eyes and bleeding behind them. I also have glaucoma and macular degeneration with poor reading vision even with eyeglasses. THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: Was introduced to a new (expensive) opthamolic drops called XIIDRA After using this medication for about 2/3 months my reading went from 20/40 to 20/25. . Still have poor sight cannot understand this. But ask your opthamolagist about this. This is s newer drug.

@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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Thank you for sharing delightful story of your "musical abilities". It gave me a good chuckle and reminded me of my husband who also was told my a music teacher that he had no musical talents and not to bother learning an instrument or join the school choir. He has a fabulous sense of humor too, and this is a favorite story he often tells new acquaintances. It usually brings a laugh and often makes others feel more comfortable opening up and talking about themselves, too! A great sense of humor is a wonderful gift and glad you shared your's – thanks again!

Last September I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration on my left eye. I was going to school when I work full time as a medical coder, I spend long hours in front of computer. First, I thought I was having eye strain because of watching a computer monitor for a long time every day, but one day I noticed I saw a black circle in the middle with my left eye. I have had a cornea abrasion previously and had a similar vision change so I made an appointment with eye doctor. It tuned out I had Macular Degeneration. He said mine was a wet type which progresses rapidly. I am 54 years old, and he said 54 years old is young to have AMD but I got it because I am very near sighted. I got Lucentis injection and it helped to get some vision back. However, he told me there is no cure for Macular degeneration. My fear is whether my right eye would get it or not. He said there is possibility have both eyes…Last month I noticed my right eye vision started being very distorted. I called him right away. He said I got it on my right eye as well…I got Lucentisis injection on my right eye and doing ok for now. I have a great doctor and I am determined to do everything I can to slow the progression!! I am now looking for some clinical research on Wet type macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is very scary, but I believe there will be a solution someday!!

Hi @kaoru1106 — since macular degeneration is a retinal issue, I've merged your post with this one in which members talk about a number of retinal issues. I thought that here you would meet the most members who might have some input on your macular degeneration, first in your left and then your right eye, with ranibizumab (Lucentis) injections each time. Please meet @peach414144 @hopeful33250 @rosemarya @bonitav @joan1234 and others. Hoping they will have some thoughts to share.

Your determination to be very on top of this is admirable.

If you are interested in reading some Mayo Clinic information on wet macular degeneration, here it is: https://mayocl.in/2lZeL7J.

@kaoru1106 — are you looking for published clinical research on wet macular degeneration to read, or an open clinical trial to participate in?

@lisalucier

Hi @kaoru1106 — since macular degeneration is a retinal issue, I've merged your post with this one in which members talk about a number of retinal issues. I thought that here you would meet the most members who might have some input on your macular degeneration, first in your left and then your right eye, with ranibizumab (Lucentis) injections each time. Please meet @peach414144 @hopeful33250 @rosemarya @bonitav @joan1234 and others. Hoping they will have some thoughts to share.

Your determination to be very on top of this is admirable.

If you are interested in reading some Mayo Clinic information on wet macular degeneration, here it is: https://mayocl.in/2lZeL7J.

@kaoru1106 — are you looking for published clinical research on wet macular degeneration to read, or an open clinical trial to participate in?

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Hi! 

Thank you for merging my post to retina issues! 

I am looking for an open clinical research to participate for Macular Degeneration. I have talked to my retina specialist and he encouraged to try…

Thank you for referring to some members!! 

I am looking forward to getting know them! 

Kay Worl

how nice of you to think of me. I am going blind from gloucoma and a surgeons actions. I have severe stage gloucoma. Monday 7/9/18 I am going to Baskin Palmer with my fingers crossed. Some one is driving me . Bless all. peach

@lisalucier

Hi @kaoru1106 — since macular degeneration is a retinal issue, I've merged your post with this one in which members talk about a number of retinal issues. I thought that here you would meet the most members who might have some input on your macular degeneration, first in your left and then your right eye, with ranibizumab (Lucentis) injections each time. Please meet @peach414144 @hopeful33250 @rosemarya @bonitav @joan1234 and others. Hoping they will have some thoughts to share.

Your determination to be very on top of this is admirable.

If you are interested in reading some Mayo Clinic information on wet macular degeneration, here it is: https://mayocl.in/2lZeL7J.

@kaoru1106 — are you looking for published clinical research on wet macular degeneration to read, or an open clinical trial to participate in?

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Hello @kaoru1106 Kay,

I'm glad that you posted your concerns about macular degeneration on Mayo Connect. While I have never had that diagnosis it is certainly understandable that you would be concerned over any problem involving your vision! You are certainly to be applauded for your attempts to learn as much about this problem as you can and to be interested in participating in clinical trials. Did your doctor know of any clinical trials that you might take part in?

As Lisa mentioned in her post, another mentor on Connect, @rosemarya, has had some injections and she will undoubtedly respond to your concerns as well.

I look forward to hearing from you again and knowing what steps you are taking.

Teresa

@peach414144

how nice of you to think of me. I am going blind from gloucoma and a surgeons actions. I have severe stage gloucoma. Monday 7/9/18 I am going to Baskin Palmer with my fingers crossed. Some one is driving me . Bless all. peach

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Hello @peach414144

Thank you for mentioning your upcoming appointment. I hope that you gain some helpful information and help. I was not familiar with Baskin Palmer, but I see that it is a premier eye institute in Florida.

I look forward to hearing from you after your appointment.

Teresa

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