What to expect?
I am now 67 but was diagnosed at age 43. My ophthalmologist just kept a yearly check on my eyes and at age 63 sent me to a retina specialist stating he felt I was having significant changes.
I started Avastin injections in my right eye and received about 24 injections over the next two to three years. Then it was determined the Avastin was not doing as well in my right eye and I was switched to Eyelea. At that time my left eye was requiring injections and it was started on Avastin.
I have had to give up driving at night and reading has now become very difficult. Yesterday my retina specialist said that probably in the next 6-12-18 months I would not read.
My color identification has changed to where family members chuckle that I am color blind. Blues, greens, grays, purples pink black and navy. Hard to tell the difference.
My doctor also informed me that States have legal requirements for driving and we would talk about that in the future.
My hobbies I can do well - sewing (although reading patterns is hard). Also I do stain glass work which I enjoy.
I have “small” cataracts that the glaucoma/cataract eye doctor told me we’re not yet severe enough to be replaced.
My questions are: 1. Does being diagnosed young mean I’ll lose more eyesight and possibly be legally blind in the next 5-10 years?
2. Has anyone had cataract surgery and felt it helped?
I take AREDS2 and follow up with retina specialist every 6 weeks. Is tHere anything else I can or should be doing?
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