Since my last post about my vision, everything has been going beautifully. Wearing my contacts, my vision has been 20/20 in my right eye and 20/25 in my left eye. I wear glasses to read and do computer work. It is a miracle because my vision prior to my surgeries had been so bad. (You can read a little about my vision history by going to posts about Avastin and Vitrectomy on my my Looking For Something link.)
A couple of months ago, I noticed a loss of vision in a small area of my left eye. Immediately, I called my retina specialist. He gave me an appointment for the following day. I went in, fully expecting to begin a round of Avastin shots. At the visit, he could find nothing – no bleeds, no tears, nothing wrong. He rescheduled me to see him two months later. During those two months, the spot with loss of vision grew a tiny bit. The spot was troubling but did not affect my abilities. I expected the doctor to find something at visit #2, but he did not. He suggested that I might have had a loss of pigment in a portion of my retina, and that my brain should learn to compensate in time. He rescheduled me to see him in 6 months.
In the two weeks since my second appointment, the spot has grown substantially, covering about a third of the vision in my left eye. It has become difficult to read fine print. I have to take frequent breaks when I am working on the computer. I hesitate to call for another appointment. I don’t want to take time off from work and have him find nothing again. It seems like a waste of his time and mine. I will call, though. I know that the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the more likely it is that it can be corrected.
In the midst of my anxiety about this, I am also feeling grateful. I am so grateful for the past year of perfect vision. I have looked at everything in a new way, as if seeing it for the first time. I have enjoyed reading. I have used my eyes like a camera, imprinting pictures in my memory.
I don’t know what the future holds for my vision. I do know that, whatever may happen, I have been given this great gift of time with good vision. No matter what happens, I will continue to count my blessings.