Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | 6 comment(s)
This was on Monday, so I'll keep it short.
I had my 6 month follow-up after my laser surgery with my endocrinologist.
The first part of the exam involves a basic vision test. I've had the same glasses with the same prescription for 3 or 4 years now. At times I've been told that I could use a slightly stronger prescription, but that I probably wouldn't notice much difference. So I've never done anything about it. This time around, it was apparent that the vision in my right eye had gotten a little worse (20/25) but that my left eye remained stable (20/20) (NB: both of these were tested with glasses on).
Somewhat ironically, though, while the right eye looked beautiful on the retina-side, the left eye was not-so-hot.
I could tell right away.
The doc was all:
"This looks great"
...when he was checking out my right eye.
Then he started inspecting my left eye and he fell silent.
He said there were three new microaneurysms
DefinedSmall buldges in the capillary due to a weakness in the blood vessel wall.
DefinedThe central region of the retina where the primary focal vision takes place.
He had pictures taken so he could show me what he saw. Sure enough, there were three little dots in a nice little curve around the center of my retina.
He said these are completely new, but that there's not much to do right now.
I'll go back in six months and to check whether if they've changed.
If the microanurysms rupture, he said I may notice some distortion in the vision in my left eye or some significant floaters. If this should happen, I should come in sooner than the six month mark (ya don't say?). Otherwise they could remain stable for years or if they started to leak, may require a different type of laser treatment -- Lasers that are much finer and targeted just at these three microanurysms to seal them up.
I was so hoping for a clean report.
Ahh well, just another bump in this already bumpy road, I guess.
Tomorrow, I promise something fun to share.