Despite two days of thunderstorms and the heavy winds that blew in from the west, it’s a beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
The storms blew on out toward the east coast late last night.
So, we’re back to enjoying ‘sunny skies’ and 80 degree weather…
I would’ve liked the storms more if they hadn’t come the day after I’d really shined up Treasa’s car.
By my reckoning, then, the rain ended 3 days too late…
Oh well, Ginger & I had a good time washing, waxing, and vacuuming.
Hope things are going well for you…
Last week I had my annual eye exam.
For the 1st time ever, my last year’s glasses prescription didn’t last until I got a new one.
In less than a year’s time, the prescription for my computer glasses changed so much, I can see my screens better with my naked eyes…
Which ain’t all that
And, looking through my ‘street’ glasses has gradually gone from ‘OK’, to like I’m looking through layers of the gauzy material movie directors use to film close-ups of aging movie stars.
Except for watching a little TV, it got so I could see clearer without my regular glasses…
And, I’m pretty much ‘blind as bat’ without glasses.
Always the optimist, I was concerned, yet not really worried.
Just figured a new prescription would set me up.
Anyway, I wasn’t expecting the Optometrist I’ve been going to for decades, to tell me I’ve Fuchs’ Dystrophy…
Actually, his initial diagnosis kinda fell on deaf ears because I had no inkling what he was talking about.
Then, he explained that it was causing me to go blind…
As in, Stevie Wonder territory!
Well now, that’s a horse of another color, isn’t it?
After mental clarity, eye sight is my most favored gift.
OK, now he had my attention…
Unfortunately, his explanation of what he was calling ‘Fuchs’, concluded with him saying cornea transplants were the only solution.
On the meantime, he prescribed some expensive eye drops, that, he said, were being touted to drain water from some patient’s corneas.
Next week, when I go in to get my new glasses, he’s gonna examine my eyes to gauge the effectiveness of the eye drops.
Then schedule me for an appointment with a specialist.
Having a tendency for overloading myself with too much information, I left his office feeling a compulsion for, uh, more information about this Fuchs stuff…
First off, the ‘proper’ term is:
Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy
Which is, according to the United States National Library of Medicine,
“…is a condition that causes vision problems. The first symptom of this condition is typically blurred vision in the morning that usually clears during the day.
Over time, affected individuals lose the ability to see details (visual acuity). People with Fuchs endothelial dystrophy also become sensitive to bright lights.
Fuchs endothelial dystrophy specifically affects the front surface of the eye called the cornea.
Deposits called guttae, which are detectable during an eye exam, form in the middle of the cornea and eventually spread.
These guttae contribute to the loss of cells in the cornea, leading to vision problems.
Tiny blisters may develop on the cornea, which can burst and cause eye pain…”
Ugly stuff, isn’t it?
Worse yet, are the facts that there’re no prevention, no extended treatment and no cure for Fuchs.
It’s totally hereditary from one, or both parents. And, it attacks both men and women.
Because detection techniques have historically improved, the parent carrying the gene, may have escaped accurate diagnosis.
Other than misdiagnosis, symptoms usually don’t appear until the late 40’s and 50’s, so the parent with Fuchs, may have died before the symptoms became acute.
Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy Symptoms:
- Sensation of something being in your eye(s) when there isn’t
- Trouble with night vision
- Halos/outlines around lights (especially at night)
- Blurry and ‘foggy’ vision
- Gradually increasing discomfort from glare off lights & sunshine
- Unexplained eye pain, including sharp ‘jolts’
- Poor vision upon awakening that usually get’s better during waking hours
I’ve experienced all of these…
Fuchs generally affects both eyes. For me, it’s dramatically more advanced in my left one.
And, according to the Mayo Clinic:
“…can cause your vision to gradually worsen over many years. But most people with Fuchs’ dystrophy have a mild type and don’t notice much change in their eyesight…”
In my case, it came on strong and in the fairly short time span of 3 years.
Because the doctor said he wasn’t qualified to speculate, I’ve no idea how long before I’m blind in that one eye.
What difference does it make anyway?
According to the ‘experts’, there’s nothing I can do about the situation, so:
When it rows in, it rows…
As usual, I’ll remind you:
“I don’t know anything for certain and I’m not offering advice. My role is reporting upon my research findings and sharing personal stories with you“.
Still, I hope to inspire you to accept what you can’t change and change what you can’t accept.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.