Eyes, Eyes, Eyes

by Frances Tabeek
(Westchester, New York)

I started out two years ago with Closed Angle Glaucoma. It is not the usual type of Glaucoma. You do not take drops but the side angles in your eyes that let the light in start to close and you lose your sight.

Luckily there is a simple laser surgery that opens them again. Then this year I was told I have eye cataracts and will need surgery eventually.

Now I have just been told I have Macular Degeneration. What is going on here. I am 72 years old and never sick. Always feel great and then the 1,2,3 punch.

No matter I am lucky because these things can be taken care of and AMD can be stayed for many years. So you see I am considered lucky. I am doing well. Like the young lady said first I cried then when I thought about it I realized I am lucky because I had two strokes where I lost my eye sight for a minute or so and it came back. Not knowing it was a stroke I just went on about my business.

The second time I went to Columbia Hospital Stroke Center in New York and they told me what had happen to me.

I have a good GP who suggested I go to Columbia because he thought I had a stroke. So even though everything has been happening via the eyes. I see well and I consider myself lucky.

Mrs. Frances Tabeek

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Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma

by Arlene

I am a 80 year old female with both glaucoma and macular degeneration.

My glaucoma specialist alerted me to the fact that I might have age related macular degeneration (AMD). I immediately made an appointment with a retina specialist or so I thought.

He took one look, said it wasn't that serious, and to come back in 6 months.

The glaucoma specialist informed me that it was serious, and to immediately go back to the retina specialist. That's when the treatment started.

The retina specialist finally agreed that indeed I did have wet macular degeneration in the right eye, and dry macular degeneration in the left eye.

He gave me my first injection of Avastin. Even this did not work out well. He hit a blood vessel, and my eye was red for weeks.

I found a new retina specialist, and have had positive results with him. I have had 8 injections, and my last visit did not require one.

I am so grateful for Leslie Degner's news letters, and all the information she provides.



Thank you, Arlene, for taking the time to write about your experience with macular degeneration. Each eye as you mentioned can have a different diagnosis. The progression of AMD differs with each person and indeed with each eye. I am glad to hear that you have found a new retina specialist that you feel comfortable with. and that no injection was needed at your last doctor’s visit.

All the Best,

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

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