In my last two blogs, I wrote about my diagnosis of wet macular degeneration, an eye disease which causes loss of central vision.
I still recall every detail of my first treatment in which a drug called Lucentis is injected directly into the eye to preserve or improve vision.
Heather, my ophthalmology technician, was reassuring as she prepared my eye with betadine and numbing drops.
Since Dr. Jeffrey Olson, from the University of Colorado Medical School, had treated my husband’s eye condition for a number of years, I felt like he was a good friend and had complete faith in him.
The person I didn’t have faith in was me.
Would I suddenly move my eye and foul up the whole procedure?
Sensing my nervousness, Heather gently put her hand on my shoulder.
“Now I’m going to insert a clamp to keep your eye open,” Dr. Olson said in a reassuring voice.
Next, Dr. Olson put a Q-Tip with additional numbing medicine on the spot to be injected.
“Now look to the left,” he urged.
I did so.
“You’ll feel a little bit of pressure,” he said.
He was correct. I didn’t feel the needle being inserted. All I felt was a little pressure. It seemed like it was over before it began.
I was amazed. I’d survived my first eye injection.
“Good job!” I said to Dr. Olson. Or was I saying it to myself?
I hope that readers with wet macular degeneration will not hesitate to get treated. My vision improved greatly after the first injection.
I now have macular degeneration in both eyes, but vision has been restored to normal as long as I keep getting treatments every 6 weeks.
A poke in the eye is better than….losing one’s vision.