Eye Exam 3: Rise of the Hemorrhages

Well, I’d like to be able to say that my third trip into Lansing Opthamology was filled with splendor and wonder, and that I found out things would go well and I’d live happily ever after, but that wasn’t the case. After the angiogram, I met with Dr. Pearlman and another specialist, Dr. Saxe. They looked over the photographs taken earlier and weren’t very “pleased.” I apparently have small hemorrhages (damn I hate spelling that word) in quite a few places, and because things are so far along, the laser surgery doesn’t seem to be much of an option, which is a drag.

Dr. Saxe explained the details of the other option, the cryogenic freezing surgery, and his explanation wasn’t exactly optimistic. It basically involves cutting through the outer layer of the eye (in the white part), and sliding a probe of some sort back to the ‘bad’ part of my eye, and then inserting the cold stuff in through the probe. Because of the nature of the surgery (cutting and snaking something in there, then giving my eye frostbite), it’s possible that the procedure will do more harm than good, and my sight might actually get worse instead of better. The other side of the coin is that if I don’t do anything, my sight will get worse, with 100% certainty, possibly leading to total blindness in my right eye. So, there’s really not much of a choice.

Chances are about 99% that I’ll be heading in for surgery this coming friday down in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan eye clinic. Doctors at UofM tend to be top notch, which gives me more confidence that things will go well as possible. That helps, because the rest of it isn’t that promising.

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