Have drusen, possible MD in left eye
by Richard R.
(Monroe Township, NJ)
Opthalmologist saw scattered small drusen in at least one eye, possibly both. (As I use cochlear implants and the doctor is soft spoken, it was difficult to make out the words. My dad picked them up and relayed then to me.) He recommended a retina specialist.
Okay, no problem, I thought - after all, drusen alone was not necessarily AMD. However, we made an appointment for January 5th anyhow.
As reading and writing are my primary means of communication, and my job is quite visual in many ways, central vision is obviously important.
So it was obviously a great concern when, a couple of nights ago, I did a couple of Amsler grids on both eyes and noticed distortion in the lower right side and on the bottom right, particularly when moving my eye. (This was my left eye. No symptoms in my right.) The distortion appears to be of the wavy line type rather than the blur or blank spot type. Interestingly enough, I did Amsler grids a few weeks ago (or was it a month or two?) And noticed some distortion on the bottom right when doing it with left eye. I dismissed it or of hand at the time as I was supposed to be holding it at 14 inches distance, and when I did that and held still, I didn't see any distortion. The same was true this time around.
So it took multiple self exams with my left eye to determine that, indeed, there were some distortions on the edge of my vision in left eye and that they were not an artifact of my glasses. So far I have bought a version of what is essentially Macushield from Puritans pride, figuring it might help, but I'm concerned that I might have wet MD in eye and thus require some sort of injection. Am freaking out. Should I?
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