“Something’s terribly wrong,” I shuddered as I approached the stop sign.
Instead of the four white letters in the center of the familiar red sign, a gray blob appeared.
This was almost four years ago. The spring of 2008.
When I got home I called my eye doctor. He immediately ordered some photos of the back of my eye and confirmed a diagnosis of wet age-related macular degeneration or ARMD, as it’s called.
This eye disease is caused by leakage of tiny blood vessels in back of the eye which lead to swelling and loss of central vision.
Unfortunately, Corrective lenses do not seem to help with clarity and focus as they do for nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Had my vision loss occurred even five years earlier, my eyes would have continued to get worse, but around 2005 new treatments for this disease arrived on the scene.
The treatment for ARMD involves injections into the eye of a medication to stem the bleeding and reduce swelling in the eye.
I knew I had to save my vision, but the thought of injections in my eye, made me shudder.
In my next blog, I’ll tell readers about what the treatment is like. Meanwhile, if any readers detect a change in vision, contact your eye doctor immediately. It may save your sight.