The first indication that something was wrong with my left eye and got my attention was “floaters”. So I had my eyes checked with an ophthalmologist, about 4 years ago. His diagnosis was “take care of your right eye so nothing happens to it cause your left eye has limited seeing abilities”, floaters. After a few months went by and my eye was getting worse, while going outdoors in the sunlight my left eye bothered me because of the brightness. I knew something was not right so I started to search for another eye specialist. There I found out what my real problem was, uveitis, uvei what? and I had a cataract.
I’ve had in the past year, treatment with prednisolone (steroid) drops a few times a day, plus voltaren (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops) and one other kind I don’t recall. Eye chart exam showed no improvement, frustration set in. Time for some pictures of the eye. An injection of dye in my arm and then bright lights and click a snap shot of the inside of the eye and blood vessels, this was not much fun. I had this done 3 times. I also had a few blood tests and a chest x-ray, all were normal. I, however, do suffer from Fibromyalgia (has nothing to do with my eye problems).
Some improvement, but not much, came after the 3 injections of prednisone (steroid). I could read a little farther down on the eye chart, that was good news. Now I’m off of the prednisone injections and my right eye has started to get inflammed, so I have been putting prednisolone(steroid) drops in my right 4 times a day for about 2 months or so and now I’m being weaned off of that. The next step is a recommendation to a specialist at USC Doheney Eye Institure in L.A. on March 6th.
I would like to say that any and all sight I have now is a blessing. I love nature and birding and I can see all of this, but it is a frustrating
disease, there are good days and not so good days. Most are good. I am anxious to find out more from this new eye institute and dig deeper into what can be done and what is causing my eye problems.
Thanks, I wanted to add this to your other letters of experiences from
others. I hope this will help others.
Alyse Martin from California
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Uveitis and Steroid-Sparing Therapy
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