Even with MD life goes on for He­len

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Clos­ing her right eye to ap­ply makeup He­len Gray found her left eye was “all blurry”.

At that point she no­ticed a dif­fer­ence in her eye and was aware her right eye was get­ting tired. That was 10 years ago.

When He­len started to feel pres­sure in her left eye she vis­ited For­sight op­tometrists in Katikati, who re­ferred her to Tau­ranga Eye Spe­cial­ists. In 2014 she was di­ag­nosed by Dr An­drew Thomp­son with pig­ment ep­ithe­lial de­tach­ment with raised in­traoc­u­lar pres­sure (pres­sure in­side the eye) at night in her left eye. She had a se­ries of avastin in­jec­tions in her left eye to try and limit the dam­age to her sight and mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion.

“My eye has set­tled down and I have reg­u­lar checks on the pres­sure to en­sure that it has not risen. I just need to be aware of any per­ceived changes and get my eyes checked as soon as pos­si­ble.” In Feb­ru­ary Dr Thomp­son re­viewed her. Hav­ing seen He­len over a num­ber of years for a choroidal neo­vas­cu­lar mem­brane in the left eye, that fol­low­ing treat­ment has sta­b­lised, there is a very small dis­ci­form (oval) scar at the left macula. He said that this has not re­quired treat­ment for a long time now.

Treat­ment has en­abled He­len to con­tinue to drive and work full-time. A Qual­ity and Com­pli­ance Man­ager at Just Av­o­ca­dos Ltd, He­len said she can still do ev­ery­thing, but no­ticed that her eyes get very tired from us­ing the com­puter and driv­ing. She uses eye drops to keep them moist.

He­len knows how im­por­tant it is for her to have had her eyes checked early.

“It is my un­der­stand­ing if MD is caught early enough the dam­age can be lim­ited. Ob­vi­ously ev­ery case is dif­fer­ent.”

She said she re­ceived won­der­ful ser­vice and sup­port from the Park Street Eye Clinic and For­sight in Katikati.

He­len Gray.

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