Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Emergency Treatment

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, saw me involved in an eye emergency.

It is not uncommon for me to wake in the morning to see very little so it did not worry me unduly when that happened on Tuesday morning.

As the day went on however my vision did not improve from the morning sleepy state.

A call to my retinologists office at lunchtime brought the call to action I always hate.

"Get here as soon as you can."

With no public transport that meant getting my wife to drive me the 60 miles and so she had to leave work early. Picking me up at just after 2pm we got to the retinologist office at a little after 3pm.

There there they dilated my pupils and did an OCT scan. This is a scan of the back of the eye and retina which shows up any abnormality.

It has been many months since I had done one of these emergency runs. With declining vision in my left eye due to retinal nerve damage, both my retinologist and I were looking at lengthening the time between visits. In this case I was not due to go back to her for another two weeks.

The OCT however showed massive swelling in my left eye. My last Lucentis injection, six weeks ago, had definitely worn off. Surprising to me was the devastating affect the poor left eye vision still had on what was left of my overall vision.

Anyway my retinologist decided to treat me with avastin this time and move me back to a four week  period between injections.

Not news I really wanted to hear but I'd rather the injections than the constant emergency dash every few weeks.