Today I had my 6-month checkup with my retina specialist. I’ve been fearful the past several months that my retinopathy was returning and/or worsening.
See, I’ve been having a lot of hemorrhages. And all in my central vision. It’s annoying and scary, you know?
I hadn’t gone in sooner than my regularly scheduled appointment because I’ve already been told a million times that more laser treatments are NOT an option for me.
Today I got a much better explanation of exactly what is happening in my eyes. Some of it is GREAT news, some of it isn’t so great.
Let’s start with the GREAT news: The doctor sees absolutely no signs of active retinopathy, at any stage, in either of my eyes. Essentially, I am officially retinopathy free!
The not-so-great news: I am experiencing hemorrhaging of a different sort. I don’t have diseased or proliferating blood vessels……..but I do have an insane amount of scar tissue (in my central vision) from the many, many, MANY laser treatments that were used between 2007 and 2009 to save me from blindness. This scar tissue is pulling at healthy blood vessels, and occasionally those healthy vessels rupture. They heal quickly because they are not diseased, but when it happens it is majorly annoying and inconvenient.
My options are to either live with it or opt for another vitrectomy, to clear out some of the scar tissue. I am opting, for now, to live with it. When I had a vitrectomy on my other eye in 2009……it was horrible. I went through weeks of having to wear an eyepatch, weeks of having to use numbing and antibiotic eye drops EVERY FOUR HOURS, and months of absolutely no vision in that eye whatsoever as the trauma to the eye was significant and took a long time to heal and ‘calm down’. I’m not willing to go through that again knowing this surgery wouldn’t even be able to realistically take out all of the scar tissue, and thus the issue may persist anyway.
So…..yeah. My eyeballs are healthy! But the treatment that saved my eyesight is now the cause of my occasional issues.