My retina specialist seems really happy. At my appointment, I was able to see 20/50 with my left eye (with contacts). Before my vitrectomy, my vision in that eye was less than 20/200. There was a lot of pressure on the macula and he was afraid that there would be a tear. Now, he says that there is no chance of this happening. The pressure has been relieved. The vitrectomy was a success. My left eye, which has been my “bad” eye for as long as I can remember, is now my good eye.
My rs took OCT images of both eyes. Optical Coherence Tomography is an imaging technology which takes cross section images and shows the layers within the retina. Here is the picture of my left eye yesterday.
I don’t really understand what I am seeing in this photo, but I can compare it to the OCT photo taken before my vitrectomy. In that photo, the top layer had big gaps and holes, which have almost completely disappeared in the new photo, above. You can just see a couple of gaps near the edge of the top layer about halfway up the slope on the right side. I am hoping to learn more about what I see in the photo, but for now I know that it shows good news.
My left eye no longer needs its own rs appointments. From now on, it can be monitored at my right eye appointments. I asked my doc if this checkup means that I am a person with “regular” vision now – at least in my left eye. He laughed. He admitted that, while the danger of tearing from pressure is gone, I am at risk of getting a bleed in the left eye similar to those I have had in my right eye. I am also developing a cataract on my left eye, an expected side effect of my vitrectomy. This will need surgery, but he would like me to wait about six months. Those are worries for another day. For today, I am rejoicing in the success of my vitrectomy.