Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mixed News at the Retinologist Appointment

Yesterday as I have mentioned in several posts was an important decision day at my retinologists office.

I had a full series of tests such as the regular OCT and then a fluorosene dye test of the blood flow at the back of my left eye in order to decide if the injections of avastin and lucentis should continue.

The OCT showed no major swelling of the retina, which is pretty much what I expected as it was only four weeks since my last Lucentis injection.

The fluorosene enhanced photographs of the blood vessels at the back of the eye also showed no new blockages, that is good news as more retinal vein oclussions was a fear of my retinologist and I.

So why is the blood flow only making this mixed news not great news?

Well given that the left eye is now completely blind, there is no treatable reason for this blindness. My retinologist  has come to the conclusion that the damage causing the blindness is further back in either the optic nerve or the brain. Neither of which is treatable at the present time.

In order however to prevent blood vessels growing within the left eye my retinologist is looking to maintain the intravitreal injection procedures for the foreseeable future.

That is also to my mind bad news. I was hoping that they may stop beingg a regular part of my life, but seemingly that is not to be.

So with this mixed news I look forward to a new year. I hope you are too. The next year will bring some challenges and obstacles, but for you all I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.