I'm a 61 years old, female. In mid-April this year, I went through a vitreous
speration in my right eye, suffered a retinal tear and hole that
were fixed by laser surgery
. During this incident, they found a small
druse. They didn't say this could be a sign of AMD. They only said that
it was not good but not to worry for now, just keep blood sugar under
control (I'm Type 2 with a 5.7 A1C). I had a follow-up one month later.
At that point, the acuity of my right eye was 20/25 (before surgery was
For six months, thing seemed to be back to normal except for some
sensitivity in the eye. Last Thursday I had my annual eye exam with my
. The acuity was back to 20/20, which was good news,
but then came the bad news: there's a small bleeding right on the macula
The optometrist immediately started the paperwork to send me to see a
retina specialist. Because of the holidays, I did not get in right away.
And here I'm, devasted and full of questions.
I've since read a lot on the internet and I have noticed what could've
been subtle symptoms that I did not pay attention to before:
By careful testing and comparing of the two eyes, I do notice that the
right eye does not see as well in dim light as the left eye. It also seem
to retain the effect of a light longer (by this I meant the situation
when you stare into a light then close your eyes but still see the
light). When I am reading on the computer, a line may look slightly
sagging in the middle (but not much) when I see with my right eye. Also,
the right eye seems to tire more easily than the left. When I looked at a
Amsler chart, I didn't see any missing lines, the squares are even but
the lines are perhaps not absolutely ruler-straight.
I sort of self-diagnose myself with two possibilities: AMD or Macula
Hole. I suspected the Macula Hole because of my earlier experience of a
retina tear caused by the Vitreous Separation (at least that's what I was
told by my docotrs). I have no risk factors other than age and gender for
AMD (non-white, never smoke, slim, exercise regularly etc).
Do I likely have AMD or Macula Hole or something else? I know you can't
say for sure without examination. Please just give me a knowledgeable
Which is the worse condition to have? I sort of think AMD is but I may be
wrong. They may be just as bad?
Is this highly urgent? How soon should I see the retina specialist
(immediately, a week, 10 days, please specify a time frame if you can)? I
expect there may be some delay because of the insurance paperwork and the
holidays. But if it's critical then I'll try to get to one who will see
me ASAP and pay out of pocket. My sight is too important!
When I see the specialist, what questions should I ask about my
condition? What tests that I must have (put it in another way: what tests
should I ask for even if the doctor doesn't think of giving it to me?)
Thank you very much for answering my questions.