Until last year, I had never heard of Macular Degeneration. During my annual eye test, I was told that I had damage to the back of my left eye. I was asked if I had noticed straight lines being wavy, to which I answered, no. I was told that if this happened I should get help immediately. A few months later, I did notice this was happening when I looked at things with each eye separately. We were about to go on holiday so I went to see my GP to ask her advice. She did a few minor checks and said she didn't think it was anything serious and to go ahead with the holiday and see my optician when I got back, which I did. The optician I saw was really on the ball and immediately got onto the hospital who very quickly gave me an appointment.
I was talking to my daughter in Australia on Skype telling her about this. She said, you haven't got Macular Degeneration have you? I said I didn't know what it was. When I did a search on the internet I thought it quite possibly fitted the systems I had. I downloaded the Amsler Grid chart and the lines were all wavy!
After tests at the hospital eye clinic. I was given 3 appointments for injections. A month after the last injection I had my first monthly check and the doctor said the scan looked good and the fluid had gone. I was pleased but told him I now had the same problem with the right eye. I had an appointment for the dye test and was told I needed injections for that eye. After reading posts from other members on this site, it then occurred to me that at no stage have I been told I had Macular Degeneration and what it means. It was only from research that I deduced that I had the wet version when I was told they would make appointments for injections.
I think I have been quite brave with the first 3 injections and lucky that the gritty soreness only lasted for about 24 hours. However, the last 2 visits have not gone very well at all. Last month I had injections in both eyes and really suffered for about 4 days with gritty streaming eyes. On Thursday last week, I did tell the doctor who was reviewing my tests, how bad it had been the last time I had injections. I was told that the injections make you eyes dry and to use tear drops, 5 minutes after the antibiotics. I then went to have the injection in my right eye - and still it's not back to normal. Apart from the gritty soreness, I have shooting pains, on and off, over my eye. I am not at all happy about having a different doctor each time for injections. Do some have a better technique than others?
I am grateful that help is available but it seems to have taken over my life. I now realise that this is what my father must have had but in those days treatment hadn't been discovered. Someone, mentioned that maybe the elderly don't get told about MD because perhaps they think they don't won't to know. I'm 83 and often wonder where we got our information from before the internet.