Monday, April 16, 2012

My April 2, Retinologist Appointment

My last retinologist appointment did not go well.

There was a great deal of swelling behind the retina of my left eye. There was only a little vision left, just enough to detect some light.

My retinologist did give me a Lucentis injection. That was to try and reduce the swelling so that she might be able to treat the dead area of the retina with laser therapy.

The idea is to block off the blood supply into the dead region of the retina. This in itself might reduce swelling and also reduce the need for future injections. The procedure is not entirely painless and from past experience there was a marked deteroration of my vision in my right eye after laser treatment in that in December 2001 and January 2002. Then I had over 20,000 laser shots over an about sic week period. Damage from blood clots was quite extensive in my right eye.

Needless to say it was not a happy retinologist visit. Laser surgery was the only form of treatment offered for now.

I am considering a second opinion as this treatment is a major step to take.