Diagnosed with dry AMD two years ago
At 67 I went for my annual routine eye exam. I have always been vey nearsighted since childhood, but up to that point I had not experienced any symptoms except for some slight worsening of what I thought was myopia.
I was referred to an ophthalmologist who diagnosed me with dry AMD. He prescribed AREDS, and gave me the Amsler Grid. I was instructed to report any sudden changes in vision, and come back regularly for check-ups. I was devastated - I spent a whole day in my bedroom, crying in the dark. The thought of losing my independence, and all the things I enjoy, like reading and art, scared me to death. Also the fact that there is no cure, and the prognosis is unpredictable. It's like living with a sword hanging over your head.
Then I picked myself up, and decided to go on with my life as normally as I could, since there is nothing much that can be done. Up to now I had not experienced any visual distortion or dramatic changes. However, last night I got up to get a drink of water, and I saw three quick flashes of light, like a camera going off. I was so upset I could not go back to sleep. I will be seeing the doctor this morning. Wish me luck!
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