TIME FOR A POKE IN THE EYE!

In my last blog, I wrote about my diagnosis of macular degeneration which can lead to blindness if not treated.

Treatment for wet macular degeneration—the kind I have—involves injections of a medication directly into the eye in order to stabilize or improve vision.

While I didn’t look forward to having a shot in my eye, I’d watched while my husband Bill received eye injections for a similar eye disease.

“The shots are more pressure than pain. The eye is numb from the drops they put in,” he reminded me.

The day of the shot arrived. After a physical exam of my eye, pressure tests, and high tech scans of the retina, Heather, my ophthalmology technician readied a sterile tray.

She put some numbing drops in my left eye. Then a brownish betadine rinse washed my eye.

Then my ophthalmologist entered the room in sterile scrubs.

Zero hour had approached. How would I manage? Would I be brave or would I be my usual sissy self?

Read my next blog to find out.

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4 Responses to TIME FOR A POKE IN THE EYE!

  1. Janet Aaron says:

    So happy to see a new blog! My mom has macular degeneration (the wet kind) and gets an injection every 6 weeks, although this time, we were able to go 8 weeks. She was so scared, the first time (so was I!) and we were both pleasantly surprised that there was no pain. Her main complaint is a dry feeling in her eye the next day. Isn't it great that they have this injection — so many people lost their sight prior to that. Please don't make us wait too long for your next update.

    • Valerie McCullough says:

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for reading my blog.

      Sorry to be so long in getting back to you. I had a few computer glitches.

      Glad your Mom is getting the injections. My complain is the same as your Mom's …after the numbness wears off my eye feels dry and uncomfortable.

      What seems to help is to have the eye doc prescribe an antibiotic ointment to put in the eye for the first day or so, along with the antibiotic drops. The ointment does blur the vision, but it helps. Have your Mom check with her doctor about the ointment.

      My best,
      Val McCullough

      • Janet Aaron says:

        Hi! My mom does get that ointment to use, but thanks for letting me know — maybe others will see this too. Looking forward to your next column. We live up by Horsetooth Reservoir and had to evacuate on Sunday, and were allowed home Thursday morning — what a relief to get home! Would love to see a blog about the High Park Fire and other responses. We usually go out to dinner on Saturdays, but have absolutely no desire to leave home today! Home Sweet Home has taken on a new meaning for us. But our thoughts are with the folks who are still evacuated or had damage to their homes — I hope they find some peace and comfort.

  2. Valerie McCullough says:

    Thanks for reading my blog.
    val mccullough

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