Hello all, and anyone willing to read this... and apologies for the essay!
I am 43 nearly 44 and I was diagnosed early last year with Graves Hyperthyroidism...
6-12 months before this I noticed that one of my eyes had become blurry and very slightly dimmed...
Unfortunately (stupidly) I didn't go for an eye test as many of my friends said 'oh yes, typical in your 40's...
Fast forward, the problem progressed slowly, but since my other eye is SO good, I think it may have compensated for the bad.
I meant to go for an eye test last year, but due to undiagnosed Graves disease and poor health with it, it got shelved for another day. Also in this time I had a few flashes of light that I stupidly dismissed and annoying black blob that comes and goes (looked like an eclipse).
Fast forward to last few days, I have been ill with a virus so didn't go to work. Noticed my eyes weren't right.
Testing myself, each eye, I suddenly shocked myself and realised just how bad my left eye is... Blurred really bad, peripheral vision seems limited, plus a grey shadow... Panic set in, so I tried (after using Dr Google) an Amsler grid... Left eye, the ENTIRE grid disappeared
Long story short, TODAY, I went in for an emergency appt at eye unit... Good news, NO retina detachment or tear, some amount of degeneration. Bad news, being referred for further tests. Consultant was not helpful AT ALL. Would not answer any questions. He said it could be lots of things.
So I have come back to research... Which has led me to questions. I am hoping that someone may be able to 'help' or give any similar story or anything really.
Today at home I checked my eye on an Amsler grid again... It disappeared leaving a 'grey patch'. This was after relaxing and waiting quite a few seconds on a small grid.
I tried again with a larger grid, which I looked at for just a few seconds which was a bit wobbly in places but ok ish. It seems this 'grey patch' creeps in when I hold my look on one spot I'm very scared. The blurry vision I can cope with, but a missing patch of vision? Why grey?
1. I am worried about tumours now... Would consultant have seen 'signs' of this? Or am I still at high risk?
2. I have read about tumours on Pituitary Gland causing vision problems and Hyperthyroidism... Could I be misdiagnosed with Graves hyperthyroidism and actually have a tumour on my Pituitary gland...?
3. I have read a little about Macular degeneration... could this be an option for what I am experiencing? Would/could it also cause flashes, diminished colour, odd blob? And surely wouldn't it be in both eyes? Grey patch/shadow??
4. What could be a differential diagnosis? Could this be caused by anything else? Blood flow, damage to nerve? I don't know
I'm so confused at the moment, and pretty frightened...
I'm sorry for the essay, I'm feeling pretty down, searching for possibilities...
Many thanks for any help