What Medical Diagnosis or Procedure Scares the Mess Out of You?
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Lately, it just seems like I have all the luck. Late last week, I started noticing that my vision was getting a little fuzzy. I attributed it to eye strain from staring at too many screens, then I thought maybe it was hormonal, after all, I'm 46 years old. Then I thought it had to be a result of allergies. After all, I take Zyrtec, Flonase, and Mucinex D daily. My doctor also has an open prescription for me to use Hydroxyzine for when I just can't stop itching. That might sound over the top, but this was me less than two months ago. Trust me, I'm an allergic mess!
Yesterday, I started getting some visible swelling around my left eye. I was with friends, one of which is a former nurse and the other a nurse practitioner. They advised that I be seen immediately... and consider adding Claritin to my daily regimen. So, this morning I called Planchard Eye and Laser Center right as they opened. Dr. Planchard did my all-laser LASIK eight years ago and the results were life-changing. So life-changing, that I haven't even been to an eye doctor in at least five years. Thankfully, they were able to get me in one short hour later. (FYI, I highly recommend Dr. Thomas Planchard. He truly is a wonderful doctor and my current issues have absolutely nothing to do with my LASKI procedure.)
After a battery of tests, I found out that I get to have shots in my eye. Multiple shots in fact... As in, once a month. It turns out I have Presumed Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome and I get the joy of going to a retina specialist in just two short weeks for my first treatment. I'm sorry, I know I sound dramatic, but I really can't wrap my head around it. I know they're going to numb my eye, but according to everything I've read, they don't even give you Valium. I hope they've got some tie-downs in that office because I feel a high speed come apart coming on.
I am VERY particular about my eyes. I remember throwing an absolute hissy fit in sixth grade as I was being fit for my first contact lenses. That mall doctor wanted to put them in for me. Clearly, he was crazy because I wasn't having it.
According to the American Society of Retina Specialists, POHS causes atrophy (wasting) around the optic nerve and multiple scars, called histo spots, in the choroid. These symptoms are accompanied by new blood vessel growth (neovascularization) that starts adjacent to a histo spot.
Lucky me, right? I'm having some serious anxiety about these shots. But, when the only other option is vision loss, what are you going to do? So, feeling sorry for myself, I asked about the diagnosis or procedure that scared people the most via social media. It turns out, I'm not the only one who is a big baby about their eyes! Check out the comments and feel free to leave your own and give me a follow while you're at it!
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