Just overnight, eight years ago, I lost the central vision in my left eye which was diagnosed as wet Macular Degeneration. This had the makings of a complete life change for me as I had recently retired and I was starting to really enjoy my two hobbies.
The first was Cake Icing which I had been doing for over 20 years. I iced wedding cakes, 21st and celebration cakes, sometimes up to three a week. With only one eye to focus with and trying to do fine lace work etc., my condition would definitely put this out of reach.
My second hobby was wood turning which I had taken up a couple of years previously on retiring from a lifetime in the carpentry and joinery trade. Endeavouring to do fine detail work on a lathe with one eye is not the most sensible of activities.
In many respects I was really fortunate that the macular problem happened so quickly as it made me seek medical advice immediately and I was visiting an Eye Specialist in Auckland within two weeks.
With the treatment I have been able to receive over these past years, my vision has been restored to give me near normal eyesight and I have been able to play bowls and enjoy the hobbies I love.
I have since given up my cake decorating activities but have expanded my woodturning as well as experimenting with a little carving. I haven’t had so much fun in years and it certainly keeps me from getting under my wife’s feet!
I feel that I cannot speak highly enough of all the medical staff I have come in contact with during my journey over the past few years, as without them and the drugs now available, I feel certain that my life would not be as full as it is.
At this point I would plead with anyone who is aware of any distortion whatsoever in their vision, to contact an Eye Specialist as soon as possible. Acting as quickly as I did gave me my successful result. Of that I am absolutely certain. So please remember that the sooner you get to the experts,
Sadly Don passed away in 2012 but he was very supportive of MDNZ and keen for his story to be told. He had helped as a volunteer for MDNZ on several occasions and donated some of his beautiful wood carvings for fundraising auctions.