Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

BlueKota

(2,423 posts)
Tue Apr 23, 2024, 11:53 AM Apr 23

Eye Conditions

Something I recently learned that I never knew before I started having issues seeing out of my left eye. My regular ophthalmologist thought I had age related macular degeneration. She thought this because I had something called choridial retinal neovascukarization which in most cases caused by AMD.

However, it can also be caused by pathological Myopia ,which no one had ever mentioned to me before. Apparently if you have suffered from Myopia for a long time and have a severe case of it, which I have, you can be at risk for CRN. It's basically caused by your blood vessels sending too much blood to your retinal area and they form a blockage under it causing a part of your vision to be blocked by what appears to be a big black circle.

Good news is it is treatable with medication a retinal specialist injects into your eye. I have had 2 of 3 injections so far and vision is much better.

Thought I'd share since I panicked at the thought of AMD, and I wasn't told by the opthomologist there was other possible causes. Luckily I live close enough to a major teaching hospital that has an eye care institute that is up to date on all the known conditions and treatments, and top specialists.

Hopefully this will help others who may have something similar happen to know, if it's something major, it never hurts to seek out more information and second opinions.

5 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Eye Conditions (Original Post) BlueKota Apr 23 OP
I am glad you shared this with us. murielm99 Apr 23 #1
Thank you! BlueKota Apr 23 #2
Got my first eyeglasses almost 60 years ago TexasBushwhacker Apr 23 #3
That is a good idea to get the retinal scan. BlueKota Apr 23 #4
Yes, it's only $65 out of pocket TexasBushwhacker Apr 23 #5

TexasBushwhacker

(20,476 posts)
3. Got my first eyeglasses almost 60 years ago
Tue Apr 23, 2024, 12:12 PM
Apr 23

Just call my "Miss Myopia". Fortunately, my prescription is still under -4, so I'm better off than many. I get my eyes checked annually, including a retinal scan.

TexasBushwhacker

(20,476 posts)
5. Yes, it's only $65 out of pocket
Tue Apr 23, 2024, 02:41 PM
Apr 23

and there is so much they can tell about your general health from looking at the blood vessels in your retina. Plus, you don't have to have to get your eyes dilated!

Latest Discussions»Issue Forums»Health»Eye Conditions