Myopic macular degeneration
September 11, 2008 4:57pm CST
About two years ago I experienced a retinal bleed in my right eye. I had one Avastin shot in the eye and the experience was bad so I did not have another shot. The sight in that eye is almost totally gone. I can see shapes but cannot read anything. Just a few days ago I noticed my left eye was having some problems focusing. After a couple of days I realized I probably had a bleed in that eye. I did not like the previous doctor I had so I tried another doctor. It turns out that I have a bleed in my good eye. Needless to say, I am devastated. I almost feel my life is over. My job is computer oriented, I need to drive and I don't want to be blind. I had an Avastin shot in the eye yesterday. I liked my new doctor. I know I should not give up this soon but my whole world is centered around me being able to see. My husband helped me adjust my computer screen a little and that helped a little but the letters are still hard to see. You know you are never prepared for disasters like this. A week ago, I could never have imagined that my world would be so turned upside down. I am a little past middle age and still have a few yeaars left to work but I do not know at this point if I will be able to continue to do so because my work is computer oriented. It is good not to take your health for granted and thank God or a higher power each day that you have your sight and hearing and health. After having sight all my life, it will be a very rough road ahead if things do not get better.
• United States
12 Sep 08
Hello momiecat. I am so sorry to hear about your vision difficulties. I am unfamiliar with Avastin but if 2 doctors have given you the shots, it seems they might think it is the best treatment of choice out there. It all sounds pretty scary. I have extremely high myopia so I can understand how you would be afraid to lose more of your sight. My thoughts are with you and I'm hoping that your second eye will heal better and more completely than the first eye that was affected. It sounds like your husband is very helpful, which is a blessing. Take special care and try to hang in there.
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hi Pearl Grace, I appreciate your thoughts and wishes. So far I have not noticed much of a change for the better. I am hoping for the best, though. I am learning a few things on how to manage with less sight. It will be a real challenge but I have noticed that a lot of people are very helpful and kind when I ask for their assistance. I now have a lot more empathy for those who have no vision at all and I thank the creator for the sight that I do still have.