Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Macular Degeneration

The most frustrating part of having macular degeneration is the constant question of how bad will my sight be today?

As things go my eyesight is pretty bad. I can barely see more than five feet and that distance can make things look pretty foggy. My eyesight can vary, day yo day and sometimes seemingly hour by hour. For instance when I wake in the morning it may take me an hour or so to be able to see my hands.  Other days I can wake and see them just fine.

There is always a constant fog in my world. Make things brighter and the glare makes it worse, make things darker and all things quickly disappear into the blackness.

At this stage of the disease I think my retina is just about finished. Maybe it may be reversed but at 51 years old I cannot imagine the economic benefits of being able to see again would warrant treatment for much longs. Blindness is an ever changing disorder in my case. I can sometimes see something but more of the time these days white/grey fog is about all I see from my right eye, my left descended into blackness quite some time ago.

Treatments of laser and Avastin and Lucentis have played their part in keeping total blindness at bay, but as time passes these seem less and less effective after six years.