Two steps forward, eight steps back.

In another act of defiance, the funky blood vessels in my eye have once again let me know that they aren’t going to give up the ghost without a fight. I went in for another checkup today, and things aren’t good. My sight in the right eye has slipped to 20/80, which is the worst it has been. The swelling has returned, and there are new formations of leaky blood vessels spewing shit into my eye.

Dr. Saxe isn’t convinced that the laser has been/will be effective in my case, so he’s looking at something different. Apparently there have been a few studies in the past couple of months that have used a derivative of a cancer medication to treat cases of blood-vessel-related eye problems, such as macualar degeneration. Since Coats’ Disease is so rare, it hasn’t been tested there. The basic premise is that the medication blocks a growth factor that promotes the growth of the faulty blood vessels (VEGF if I heard correctly), which helps the condition calm down. I was taken a bit off guard when the words “cancer medication” were said, but the premise seems sound.

If there’s any good news to be had, it’s that I’ll have another cool picutre of the inside of my eye next week when I go in. And by cool picture, I mean a neat looking picture of the carnage that’s taken place in my eye. They took a bunch of pictures today, and the photo technician said that she would print up a copy or two of the more interesting ones. There were a few pictures that totally highlighted all of the junk floating in my eye, which was kinda neat in a way. It would be interesting to get one of those pictures as well.

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