The Story of my Diagnosis of Wet Macular Degeneration
My story and a query.
A few days ago I got the devastating diagnosis of wet macular degeneration in my right eye (dry too in both it seems). I only thought the right lens of my new glasses had been improperly ground as it was blurry. I had already been unsatisfied with monovision LASIK surgery I'd had six years ago. The. right eye (distance) hadn't worked. Since then as before, every time I went for eye examinations (probably not qite often enough), I especially asked them to check for macular degeneration as my mother was blind from wet macular degeneration. However, all had said I showed no sign of it, both before and after that eye surgery. In fact, before it, ten years ago, I had stopped the AREDs I'd been taking as so many had urged me saying it was a waste. That it was an either/or situation and I was "safe". I figured it was just one of the supplements I was taking superstitiously (and NOT cheap either). You know, how doctors sometimes suggest such pills are " just giving you expensive pee".
I even took down the Amsler grid on my wall! When my vision worsened, the diagnosis of cataracts explained it and they were removed with a special lens that also worked on my astigmatism, and then that LASIK.
Well, after the "glasses failed" recently, I found myself covering my right eye to read clearly and one day, I covered the "good" eye as an experiment. Wavy lines! Was given an emergency appointment with the busy ophthalmologist who diagnosed wet macular degeneration. They got me in with a retinal specialist the next day. He said the examination showed not only bleeding but evidence of OLD bleeding so it must have been going on "quite a while". He started me on Lucentis that same day, day before yesterday.
HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED WITH ALL THE EXAMINATIONS I'D HAD? Has anyone else had their condition happen so suddenly? Were the optometrists, even the surgeons negligent? I'm in a state of shock.