You may be very lucky and never have to face having Laser treatment on your eyes, or you may be one of the many people who have had to get a Laser treatment done on their eye or eyes.
A few years back, I had my very first Laser (Visudyne) treatment done in my left eye and recently I had the second one done in my right eye.
Being middle aged, was really not the warning I needed to let me know of my eye problem because I thought just that, I was getting older and due to that, I was beginning to have vision problems.
What I did not know, was what I was about to find out soon after my visit to the Optometrist.
When I visited the eye glass store where they gave me the usual eye exam to see if I needed eye glasses, much to my surprise, there was something going on that I did not anticipate.
From there, I was referred to an Optmalogist (Eye Doctor) to have my eyes checked for other problems that could not be done at any eye glass clinic.
The eye doctor ran the usual tests, however, they needed to get a clear picture of exactly what was going on with my eyes, so they had to inject a dye into me intravenously and then take pictures of my eyes.
The first visit was pictures of my left eye and the most recent visit was pictures of my left eye.
Surprisingly, the eye when it is taken a picture of, looks like a big round moon with a bunch of veins running through it.
What was the Dr. looking for?
In my case, it was what she had already seen when she looked in the back of my eyes after they were dilated, but now with the pictures in front of her on the computer, she could clearly see the culprit that was invading my center vision, leaky blood vessels!
Why did this happen? In my case, it was because I had scarring on the back of both of my eyes. The explanation of why this happened is suspected that I contracted a virus from playing in the dirt around Michigan when I was a child.
The scarring was not the problem in itself, however, as I grew older, the leaky blood vessels grew and at first only was a threat to my left eye’s center vision. Which, I did not get to the doctor soon enough and I had already lost most of my center vision in my left eye.
During these visits, and upon frequent checks up to make sure everything was okay, I was always reminded to call if I ever experienced any changes in my right eye.
In July of 2010, I had my eyes checked for my annual check up and everything was looking good.
Then, during the last week in October and first week in November, I noticed a vision change, fearful that it might be more then just my thoughts, I knew I had to get my right eye checked out.
No matter how fearful anyone is, they need to go and find out exactly what is going on.
The visit I made for checking my right eye proved that my center vision on this eye was now under attack of the leaky blood vessels.
Once the Doctor verified the new problem, she immediately gave me an eye injection to stop the leaky blood vessels right away. Then, I was scheduled for the laser treatment for a week later.
Now, if anyone is like me, when you think of a needle getting injected into your eyeball, it might make you a bit squeamish as it did me.
However, the anticipation of that procedure is more then the injection itself.
For this procedure, they numbed my eye with drops to start with and also had gave me several antibiotic drops beforehand.
Then, the two assistants kept me looking to the left while the Doctor gave me the injection.
I was then sent home with the antibiotic drops and was told what to expect for the next couple of days.
A little irritation, and seeing floaters. Seeing the floaters was the worst of this experience and I was so glad when they were finally gone.
Here is a list of what I had to bring with me to my next visit for the Laser treatment: I had to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and I had to bring sunglasses, gloves and a wide brimmed hat or a hoodie to cover my head and face as much as possible. These items are necessary after they inject me with the chemical they use because my skin would then become very sensitive to sunlight and I would burn really easy if out in the sunlight or under a super bright light.
When going to the appointment, the first thing that happens, is the eye that they will be doing the treatment on, gets drops in it for dilation and then the Doctor takes another look at the eye and then looks at the pictures that were previously taken and then I had to sign some consent forms for getting the treatment.
I then get led back to another room, where the assistants have the injection fluid ready for me.
The inject the medicine into my arm and I have to sit completely still for ten minutes while the medicine is going in through my veins.
Once the needle is removed from my arm, I am then switched into a seat in front of the eye scope machine where they will at the exact precise time will cast a bright light (laser light) in my right eye for approximately 83 seconds. During this time, the Doctor had already put a lens with some goop on it to hold my eye open during this procedure. My eye was also numbed beforehand for this too.
This was done to kill off the roots of the leaky blood vessels. The injection was to stop them.
I will go back on December 17, 2010 to recheck and possibly get another injection. Hopefully I have saved my center vision in my right eye.