Confused About Recent Diagnosis of Dry AMD
A month ago I visited my eye center to renew my prescription of contact lenses as I do each year. During this visit I always have the Optometrist take pictures, etc. This visit she came into the room and announced to me I had Macular Degeneration. At first I was in shock and confused as to what it even meant. I really have only heard about Glaucoma and Cataracts but never thought about Macular Degeneration - but knew by the sounds of it, this was not good.
She gave me an grid to look at which I saw fine. My vision is 20/20 in both eyes and this is a total shock. She did not seemed concerned and told me to come back in a year as it would take years to ruin my eyesight. I asked her what could be done and she mentioned the AREDS 2 study and suggested using the supplements which I did that night.
I began to start to worry as she gave me no information so I started my internet research and was shocked. Now I am very afraid and panicked at first.
I next went to visit the local retinal specialist who performed more detailed tests, OCT and one with dye in the arm and more pictures. He was very nice and confirmed to me I had intermediate ARMD in both eyes. That was even worse than I thought so thank goodness I had the intuition to seek better medical advice. He told me to come back in 6 months, do the grid everyday and take the AREDS 2 formula. He told me it could stay as is for years or develop overnight into WET ARMD.
I am still worried and ask others, how do you travel with the fear the MD could turn into WET at any moment. I understand you are supposed to get right into the Dr. for eye shots. Wonder if I were out of the US and could not get home for several days? I now wake up every day and wonder If I will be able to see.
I have no symptoms at all and have no issues with reading or distance vision. I play a lot of tennis and exercise regularly and eat very healthy. I am just in shock that I have this disease as no one in my family ever had ARMD.
I am very scared and do not know what to expect. It worries me that a year ago at the eye exam it was perfect with no issues and today intermediate ARMD. Thank you for any comments you could share.
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