Eye Appointment Findings

Today, Mom and I went to Cincinnati for my ophthalmologist appointment. I was super excited this past November at my last check up that I could extend my next appointment from 4 months to 6 months, as my optic nerves had been very stable and doing well. Three months later, the end of February, I started noticing blurred vision in the farthest corner of my left peripheral vision; random days of blurriness in my vision began in both eyes by mid-March; by the first of April it was consistent.

Considering the extent of my disease, this probably is not the best way to go about living everyday, if and when, I am feeling or “seeing” new changes. But oftentimes, I give the changes a fair chance to prove they are significant changes before I mention anything, because some changes are not worth a huge fuss over. However, if I feel the changes are a major issue or I am concerned right at the start, I will talk to my parents and make them aware. Just depends.

In this case, I only mentioned something about my left peripheral vision when I announced my driving decision. At that point in time, I did not think the hazy blur would change and would just show, at most, as more blind spot on my visual field test in May. But when the blurred haze started becoming more frequent, I also noticed it was affecting the ways my eyes react to light and focusing–ultimately, balance and lip-reading as well.

By now, I am not sure if I had so much mentioned the problem to my parents, but I know I did a bit of gripping about my vision frustrations–and besides that, I would take off my glasses to read, as I can’t focus fully without major squinting when wearing them. First time Dad saw me in this manner, he sort of gave me that shock look (“What are you doing?”)…”I read better without my glasses on,” I tell him. Reading without my glasses or else squinting profusely are now a pretty normal sight to see.

My parents are notorious at knowing my disease (a whole lot better than myself, how ironic) and when I finally explained my eye problems in full-length, analogical descriptions, several possibilities were discussed: maybe I just needed new glasses or bifocals; it could be my optic nerves, but it didn’t seem to quite fit as I have had that experience previously; or it could be cataracts, as long-term use of the steroids can cause an increase in this area. Keeping all these in mind, I wrote my blog update very vague, because even details to me were not worth trying to figure out on my own–leads to worry anyway.

And so today, we learned a few things: 1) By the way I was holding my punch button while taking the visual field tests, it was proof that I did not grow up playing Mario Brothers. And I mentioned this to the lab technician as we started the right eye test for a second time, (haha).  2) My visual field tests and optic nerves are actually around the same results as they were in November. Stable results are joyous thoughts of thankfulness! I am so glad it is not my optic nerves! 3) Thus, the cause and problem is cataracts. I see a surgeon specialist, highly recommended by my ophthalmologist, on May 14th where we will discuss what comes next. For now, it is back to waiting in the blur, without worry.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV

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7 responses to “Eye Appointment Findings

  1. Aunt Tanis

    What a RELIEF!!!

  2. Sheri Tearpak

    Rejoicing with you that it is not an optic nerve issue! Yay! Love you, Melinda. Thanks for the card too. Guatemala is around the corner now.

  3. Jane Thomas

    Oh I’m so thankful!! Thanks so much for letting us know! Good news is such a blessing! Love you!

  4. Chuck & Susan Pinkerton

    So thankful to God with you, Melinda! Ahhh, to ‘see’ what He sees in His eternal perspective. Our love to you.

  5. michelle

    🙂 Your vision is perfect when in the presence of the Lord Jesus, you have been a super sister to me. Your blogs are filled with encouragement from God. I hope that you will continue to grow in His wisdom. Don’t let the hazy days get the best of you. Sometimes life seems like a whirlwind if we focus on mere appearances but alas there is no room for insecurity when standing on Christ the solid rock for eternity. LOVE YOU(though we’ve only met briefly in person). I struggle with writing and marvel at the amount of blogs you post!

    • mel

      Thanks Michelle. It is a pretty good analogy of life’s insecurities…anyone can get those hazy days, trying to focus in the blur. Gets tough, takes endurance. And Hebrews says, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (12:1b-2). 🙂

  6. Megan

    ❤ Megs ~ Always continued prayers!!!

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