What to expect?

by Joan
(Ellijay GA)

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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Apr 05, 2018
Life Has Much to say for it, sight unseen or seen
by: Bill Kerr

I was diagnosed ten years ago for the left eye. Injections finally did not work.

But the right eye remains normal.

So anything can happen. I'm almost 81.

Take it day by day. Being alive does have basic value, as I see it.

Music alone makes it special.

Apr 05, 2018
Cataract surgery
by: Sue

Hi - I wrote here for my mother who was diagnosed at age 50 with dry AMD. She is 92 yrs old now. Her eyesight was pretty good for many years until just recently when she was diagnosed with macular scarring and her eyesight took a turn down. But she did have all the years in between that she was able to keep up with many things.

She had cataract surgery about 5 yrs ago and she said it was wonderful and made a big difference! The cataract never came back as of her last visit. Unfortunately, the recent scarring has caused her some problems and we are going to get the Foundation for the Blind to come in and do some occupational therapy with her so she can maintain some independence.

I wish you the best. Her doctor always tells her to continue with the eye vitamins. I feel this has helped her considerably.

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