Do I really have Macular Degeneration?
I went to the optometrist a few days ago. I could tell the exam wasn't going as usual.
The left eye was blurry and wasn't being corrected with changing the lenses. The doctor unceremoniously said, "you have Macular Degeneration of the Retina".
I thought I was just getting new glasses. I didn't even know what that meant. He said, "I think it is the dry form". He mentioned that it can turn into the wet form and that it may progress over time.
What does that mean? I can't even formulate a question.
You may wonder why I wonder if I really do have it - and I may. I had Botox for migraines a couple of weeks before. My eyelids are droopier then usual - not even showing my eyelashes. My left eye became really dry and it felt like a film was on it.
Blurry vision, double vision and droopy eyelids are sometimes side effects of Botox. I also had a migraine which I had told him sometimes effects my eyes. He thought it would effect both eyes.
My question is: Does blurry vision from Botox correct with lenses? Why when I look at the Amsler chart does it appear that the lines are doubled and tripled. The eye overall appears blurry not just the center vision.
It is a three day weekend so tomorrow I will call an Ophthalmologist to see if I can get a second opinion. I will also call my rehab doctor (I have been getting Botox in my leg for five years but this was the first time I had 32 shots for my daily migraines) and see if she can give me any insight into "double or blurry vision after Botox".
I may very well have AMD. What I do know is that sometimes it is not only the bad news but how that news is delivered. I will not go back to that doctor who didn't even provide me with a brochure. Just sent me home after dilating my eyes and breaking my heart.
Note: Typing the word you see is rather ironic.
I am glad to hear that you are seeing an ophthalmologist. To learn more about diagnostic testing for macular degeneration go to:
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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN
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