If you’re a relative newcomer to MeWithD, you may not have read Part 1 of The Waiting Game, as I wrote it quite a while ago. If you missed it, you can find it here. If you’re too pressed for time, I’ll summarize: With retinopathy, I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of waiting for my eyes to get better or worse.
Well at my last Ophtho appointment a few weeks ago, a new layer was added to this game.
I’ve always known that my previous retinal hemorrhages have left a mess in my eye. I know it because I can see it. But every time a bleed happens, eventually it clears on its own – at least most of the way.
What I didn’t realize until this most recent appointment is that there is more to this mess than meets the eye. (Bad pun.) In fact, lurking just outside of my vision…just on the edges of my periphery…is a nasty, big-assed clot.
Apparently said clot does not pose any significant risk to my long-term health. It’s quite happy to keep hanging out in my vitreous and has no intention of migrating to more dangerous parts of my body. It doesn’t indicate retinal scarring. Nope, in it’s current location, it’s pretty non-threatening.
The problem is, if it decides to move out of my periphery and into my central vision, it will be pretty miserable. My doc made it sound like I could expect to see pretty much shit-all through that eye if this were to happen.
So now I have the added “suspense” of wondering whether I will wake up to this one morning. Or will I have to watch it slowly slide into my vision? I’m not sure which would be worse.
But he assured me that a vitrectomy would clear it up if needed, and that there should be no permanent damage (barring the risks related to a vitrectomy).
Or, he said, if it did make a move and block my vision, we could try waiting for it to clear.