I had an appointment with the retinal specialist this afternoon for my two-month checkup. After being forced to read those horrible sets of progressively smaller letters, and then having my eyes dilated, both eyes were scanned to check the condition of my retinas (retinae?).
I’m happy to report that they both passed with flying colors, as it were. The doctor says the left eye seems to be stabilized, with no sign of further deterioration, despite its not having had an injection for several months. Its condition is so favorable that I can go three months before my next checkup.
The new scanning equipment they use is amazing. Not only is it faster and less irritating to the eyes than the earlier machines (which were amazing enough), but the digital data dumps directly into the office computer network as soon as the scan is complete. The system stores the entire history of scans, and then animates them frame-by-frame in any relevant cross-section the doctor asks for. That way he (and I) can clearly see the changes over time in the damaged part of my left eye. In this case, the successive images look all but identical, which is why the doctor has given the thumbs-up to a three-month gap before my next visit.
When I got home, my eyes were still too dilated to deal with this screen for more than a couple of minutes, and I didn’t get back up to speed until just now. There are some more posts in the pipeline, but they may be delayed until tomorrow.
Here’s looking at you, kid!