Some 10 years ago my optician did a thorough test and found I had the beginnings of glaucoma. I was referred to a specialist and have regular checks. It was during one of these appointments in 2013 that he noticed the signs of macular degeneration.
I was pleased it was discovered at an early stage. He also did cataract operations on both my eyes. I feel it’s just one of those things when you get to a certain age but I have not let it have any impact on my life – although I do need a strong light to read and sit closer to the TV now. There are many things that could be stressful as you age such as Alzheimer’s, which is a worry. However, it is necessary to try and be positive in mind and body. I swim regularly and go tramping, although I admit I have given up skiing now.
The injections are stressful for me, I must admit, but better than the alternative! I now see the specialist every three months, but if I see a wobble in reading lines, and a slow deterioration in my sight, then I see the specialist immediately. I’m comfortable having regular check-ups, and reading tests put me well above the driving license line. I’m in my early 90’s. When I asked my specialist if I’d still be driving at 100 the answer was positive, but he could not guarantee 110!
It is so important that it is diagnosed early. The sooner you consult an expert and start treatment the better. I know several people including my sister who are now blind or nearly blind because they left it too late.