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Dr. Rick, I am confused. I do not understand how you could cut & paste, medical technical information from a research book, as your reply, and expect anyone to understand this medical book, unless they were another doctor. What you sent me reads like any research site. I am sorry, but I am not a doctor. The copy you sent me describes methods of “How-To” detect for toxicity of the retina and that toxic maculopathy is usually reversible only in its earliest phases. In addition, “…How to detect early toxic changes is still the subject of debate…” Patients…should be warned that their retinopathy may progress.
I had to find another research site to decode the research you sent me.
As I struggle to understand your reply, is it correct to say that hydroxychloroquine-toxicity of the cones is “Retinopathy”?
“Retinopathy” is anything leaking in front of my ‘retina’, blocking the light and making it cloudy in front of my retina? (I cannot see at the side (periphery) of my vision).
So, in my case, it would be the hydroxychloroquine obscuring the light from reaching my retina?
In addition, this might, (but not likely), progress to more serious eye disease, like maculopathy? (Macular degeneration?)
Any insight you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so very much, my eye doctor Cope (Surgeon) will not be back for a couple of weeks. And Dr Han at MCW has set my next appointment for April 2011. . It sounds like they are not going to do anything for me for the next four months, let alone help me better understand what is going on in the upcoming weeks and months. I am so depressed that Dr XXXXX XXXXX was so unwilling to explain anything to me. He just kept asking me more questions, like why I would not push the button during the peripheral testing, he said “did you see the lights as "Pink" and not press the button because they were supposed to be "Red". I have re-taken the test four times, and I still do not see any lights. I see the laser lights when they are measuring my optic nerve, but never see any during the peripheral testing. I would think they could adjust the computer to continue to come in closer to the center of my vision so they could actually measure where my vision stops. Instead of tunnel vision, I must be looking through a straw. I have been going to plaquinal testing every three months, then, all of a sudden, I could not see any peripheral lights. You have been very helpful. I hope to have some money by Christmas to "Accept your Answer"
Thank you so very much.
Luanne J. Trimarco D.O.B. 07-26-1959