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!

@rosemarya

isaosunagatty, Welcome to Connect. I am happy to meet you. You are fortunate to have a positive outcome. I am not familiar with what you have experienced with what you describe; I have not had cataract surgery (yet) My opthamalogist said that I will need it eventually.
Several of my friends have had catatact surgery and I have not heard them speak of any complications, so it is good for me to be aware and add it to my list of questions for him when the time does come.

My injection went well. It was a cloudy day, and I could see afterwards. I have only had 2 out of ordinary experiences after injection.
One time my eye pressure jumped afterwards, and drops were admisistered before I left the office to lower it. On another occasion, I rubbed my eye when I got home, and as the numbness wore off, I felt unusual burning pain in/on my eye. I called the doctor and he had me return to the office where he examined it and saw a scratch. I wore an eyepatch for 24 hrs.
My main physical discomfort is the burning with the drops before and afterwards. Sometimes I take a tylenol afterwards. I never thought of a stress ball! I do some deep breathing while waiting for the injection and this works well for me. My retina doctors are very good at the injections. I believe in one day at a time, as I am a transplant recipient. And for my eye condition, that is my mantra, too! One day or one visit at a time – my vision is worth a little discomfort.
How often do you get injections? Why do you get them?

I see a furry buddy in your photo. Is that your pet? If you are interested, Here is a link to the conversation, What Pets Can Do: Health and Healing. I do not have a pet, but I am so impressed with what others are sharing about their pet experiences. I want to invite you to take a look, and to join the conversatioin.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-pets-can-do-health-and-healing/

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@rosemarya Thanks very much for the welcome. A positive attitude takes us a long way.
My story is that I was born deformed, the doctor fractured my jaw, and this grew inside of my skull, so my eye sockets are elongated instead of round. My eyes are VERY long, hence, I have a tendency for detachments. I get injections when the retina starts to tear and the eye starts to leak, it used to happen every 3 months, but it hasn't happened in about 9 months! Yay! I have learned not to touch my eyes, it is so instinctive, isn't it?
Yes, I tried uploading a picture of Pequis who rescued me while I was living in the central desert of Australia. I am training her to be a therapy dog, as she is a natural one πŸ™‚
Thanks for sending the link to pets an healing, yes, they are our furry angels on Earth!
Wishing you all the best!

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@isaosunagatty

@rosemarya Thanks very much for the welcome. A positive attitude takes us a long way.
My story is that I was born deformed, the doctor fractured my jaw, and this grew inside of my skull, so my eye sockets are elongated instead of round. My eyes are VERY long, hence, I have a tendency for detachments. I get injections when the retina starts to tear and the eye starts to leak, it used to happen every 3 months, but it hasn't happened in about 9 months! Yay! I have learned not to touch my eyes, it is so instinctive, isn't it?
Yes, I tried uploading a picture of Pequis who rescued me while I was living in the central desert of Australia. I am training her to be a therapy dog, as she is a natural one πŸ™‚
Thanks for sending the link to pets an healing, yes, they are our furry angels on Earth!
Wishing you all the best!

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@isaosunagatty – When you make a reply, there is a place to post a photo. However, as a new member there is a brief waiting period before you can do that. I am not sure of the number of days, but you should be able to post the picture before too long.

Yay, for the 9 month injection free spree! Do you feel the detachment when it happens or is it a visian change?

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@rosemarya Thanks for your message, I am getting used to the system πŸ™‚
I was lucky to see a specialist visiting from Canada during my visit to the eye hospital who told me that I was about to have a detachment, my vision was so poor, that I think I wouldn't have been able to tell. I did see flashes and very weird stuff. He had booked me for surgery the next morning, I was blessed to have him see me the day before.

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@isaosunagatty

@rosemarya Thanks very much for the welcome. A positive attitude takes us a long way.
My story is that I was born deformed, the doctor fractured my jaw, and this grew inside of my skull, so my eye sockets are elongated instead of round. My eyes are VERY long, hence, I have a tendency for detachments. I get injections when the retina starts to tear and the eye starts to leak, it used to happen every 3 months, but it hasn't happened in about 9 months! Yay! I have learned not to touch my eyes, it is so instinctive, isn't it?
Yes, I tried uploading a picture of Pequis who rescued me while I was living in the central desert of Australia. I am training her to be a therapy dog, as she is a natural one πŸ™‚
Thanks for sending the link to pets an healing, yes, they are our furry angels on Earth!
Wishing you all the best!

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Yes, you are right. "Furry Angels on earth".

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@isaosunagatty

@rosemarya Thanks for your message, I am getting used to the system πŸ™‚
I was lucky to see a specialist visiting from Canada during my visit to the eye hospital who told me that I was about to have a detachment, my vision was so poor, that I think I wouldn't have been able to tell. I did see flashes and very weird stuff. He had booked me for surgery the next morning, I was blessed to have him see me the day before.

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That is similar to my experience light flashes and light specks when closed my eyes. That happened on a Saturday. I saw PCP on Mon. Opthamologist on Tue., Retina Specialist on Wed.
I was equally blessed because the visiting retina specialist spends 2 days each month in town, and that was when i got to see him. It was so convenient because he shares office space with my opthamologist!

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@rosemarya

That is similar to my experience light flashes and light specks when closed my eyes. That happened on a Saturday. I saw PCP on Mon. Opthamologist on Tue., Retina Specialist on Wed.
I was equally blessed because the visiting retina specialist spends 2 days each month in town, and that was when i got to see him. It was so convenient because he shares office space with my opthamologist!

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@rosemarya So lucky indeed! πŸ™‚ Wondering if you are taking supplements. I take ICaps, and they seem to work. πŸ™‚

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@isaosunagatty

@rosemarya So lucky indeed! πŸ™‚ Wondering if you are taking supplements. I take ICaps, and they seem to work. πŸ™‚

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@rosemarya For my vision problems my Dr told me to get ARD with vit-min Perservision she said it's perscribed for M D. And glucoma after a year my eyes have stayed the same so we are pleased I go for visual fields and OTC picture yearly also

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@lioness

@rosemarya For my vision problems my Dr told me to get ARD with vit-min Perservision she said it's perscribed for M D. And glucoma after a year my eyes have stayed the same so we are pleased I go for visual fields and OTC picture yearly also

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@lioness My edema has improved, I decided to take them, as I thought it wouldn't hurt, when specialist checked me, he asked if I had been taking vitamins, so he was quite impressed πŸ™‚ Here in Australia, we don't have the variety you have in the States, I buy them when I visit my family in the US.

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@isaosunagatty

@lioness My edema has improved, I decided to take them, as I thought it wouldn't hurt, when specialist checked me, he asked if I had been taking vitamins, so he was quite impressed πŸ™‚ Here in Australia, we don't have the variety you have in the States, I buy them when I visit my family in the US.

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@isaosunagatty Glad Dr was impressed good I use eye dropped from India they are Vit drops also It is it's called we have to be our on advocate yea for you

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@lioness

@isaosunagatty Glad Dr was impressed good I use eye dropped from India they are Vit drops also It is it's called we have to be our on advocate yea for you

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@lioness 100% πŸ™‚

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@isaosunagatty

@rosemarya So lucky indeed! πŸ™‚ Wondering if you are taking supplements. I take ICaps, and they seem to work. πŸ™‚

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@lioness, @isaosunagatty
I do not take vitamins for my vision. When I mentioned it early in my treatment, I was told that they were not going to have an effect on my condition. I might mention it again, just in case.
I have to be very cautious of taking anything that might interfere with my antirejection medications for my organ transplant.
I do have drops for pressure.

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@isaosunagatty

@rosemarya Thanks for your message, I am getting used to the system πŸ™‚
I was lucky to see a specialist visiting from Canada during my visit to the eye hospital who told me that I was about to have a detachment, my vision was so poor, that I think I wouldn't have been able to tell. I did see flashes and very weird stuff. He had booked me for surgery the next morning, I was blessed to have him see me the day before.

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isaosunagatty, Did you know that we have a volunteer mentor who is almost your neighbor in New Zealand? I am going to share the link where she is shares her story.: Who Can Resist Ice Cream With Chocolate on Top: Meet @alpaca
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed/who-can-resist-ice-cream-with-chocolate-on-top-meet-alpaca/
After you meet her, you can also find helpful information about how to use Connect in the "more" column.

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@rosemarya

@lioness, @isaosunagatty
I do not take vitamins for my vision. When I mentioned it early in my treatment, I was told that they were not going to have an effect on my condition. I might mention it again, just in case.
I have to be very cautious of taking anything that might interfere with my antirejection medications for my organ transplant.
I do have drops for pressure.

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@rosemarya Absolutely Check with your Dr I use Perservision ARD vit-min 2 a day

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@rosemarya

@lioness, @isaosunagatty
I do not take vitamins for my vision. When I mentioned it early in my treatment, I was told that they were not going to have an effect on my condition. I might mention it again, just in case.
I have to be very cautious of taking anything that might interfere with my antirejection medications for my organ transplant.
I do have drops for pressure.

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@lioness @rosemarya Agreed! we are all different, it is always cautious to check. πŸ™‚

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@rosemarya

isaosunagatty, Did you know that we have a volunteer mentor who is almost your neighbor in New Zealand? I am going to share the link where she is shares her story.: Who Can Resist Ice Cream With Chocolate on Top: Meet @alpaca
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed/who-can-resist-ice-cream-with-chocolate-on-top-meet-alpaca/
After you meet her, you can also find helpful information about how to use Connect in the "more" column.

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@rosemarya Thanks very much for sending @alpaca 's link, Very inspiring! No ONE can resist ice cream with chocolate on top! πŸ™‚

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