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    I have got my eyesight back.-gctid812609

    I have always been blessed with good vison. A couple of years ago I learned I had cataracts and had them removed before they effected my vision. I thought I was set for life with my eyes.

    Well not exactly so. I had a yearly checkup in late Dec. of last year and my eyes were perfect. Sometime in Jan. I noticed things were wavy in my left eye. Not all the time and I didn't give it much thought. Then I noticed something in part of my eye that was like a small fan. Went around in a circle. This quickly got bigger and I couldn't read from that eye.

    Back to the dr. and he sent me to another who worked on the inner eye. He mentioned macular degeneration but I always thought that was slow to progress.

    Well after an exam that is what I have.

    Hopefully this will be some good information for others.

    There are two kinds of macular degeneration. Wet and dry. The dry is usually slow but there is nothing can be done for it. If noticed early eye vitamins can slow it down.

    About 15% have the dry kind. That is what I have. There is treatment for the wet kind. If it is in the side of the eye it can be zapped with a laser. In the center it can't because the laser will destroy the eye.

    The treatment is a shot directly in the eyeball. Starting once a month and if all goes well after 4 months once every 2 months. For most this is a lifetime thing.

    60% will find this treatment a holding thing and won't get worst. 40% will show some improvement.

    I am thankful to be one of the 40%. I could see improvement after the first shot. After the second I could read the eye chart 3 lines better. I had the first 3 shots in Florida and transferred to a Doctor in Michigan. I had the 4th shot last Monday. My vision is now 20/20 in both eyes. Of course the new Dr. has my records so he know how it was. He looked at me and ask several questions. Did I notice improvement. Well yes, sure did. I don't think he thought it was as bad as it was. He said my improvement was off the charts.

    So I am hopeful I will be one of the few that this goes in remission. If not I am satisfied.

    A couple of months ago I was driving at night. I closed my good eye and realized it wouldn't be safe for me to drive if both eyes were like that. Everything was dark. Like I had strong sunglasses on. That is now mostly gone. I wouldn't have a problem now. I just drove from Michigan to Florida and back. Straight through and had no vision problems.

    If I didn't know I have a problem, I wouldn't know I had a problem.

    What I do notice is things are smaller in my left eye. And slightly darker. But things stand out better. The black on white letters when reading are much more vivid so it is easy to read.

    I will be in Canada with the boat when I need my Aug. shot. I took a car to Little Current and Ken (Iproff) who was going to visit anyway picked me up. I will have to pick up the car after we return with the boat. It will be a 300 one way trip to get the shot. A small thing in the overall picture.

    I think my success may be because I got early treatment. Just a guess but maybe someone will benefit from what I have experienced,

    Doug
    Started boating 1955
    Number of boats owned 32
    Bayliners
    2655
    2755
    2850
    3870 presently owned
    Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

    #2
    Good for you Doug....Ken told me about your eye issues.....Have a GREAT summer cruise this year!

    Dave

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      #3
      All i can say is thank G-D !
      Be good, be happy, for tomorrow is promised to no man !

      1994 2452, 5.0l, Alpha gen. 2 drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

      '86 / 19' Citation cuddy, Merc. 3.0L / 140 hp 86' , stringer drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

      Manalapan N.J

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        #4
        glad your all better.Hope to see you this summer.
        1984 3870 bayliner

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          #5
          Wow! What an ordeal and the stress of wondering how it would all turn out. I am so glad it turned out well for you Doug. Hope that you stay healthy well into the future too.

          Greg
          Newport, Oregon
          South Beach Marina
          1986 3270 with twin 110 HP Hino diesels. Name of boat "Mr. Darcy"
          Past work history: Prototyping, tooling, and repair for Reinell,. General fiberglass boat repair starting in 1976.
          Also worked as heavy equipment mechanic, and machinery mechanic for over 30 years.

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            #6
            It was a scary time for' sure. My thoughts were about my other eye. The bad one was so bad I considered writing it off and not get treatment. Glad that was a fleeting thought. My hearing is very bad and the thought of losing my sight was very upsetting.

            You don't appreciate things you just take for granted until you risk losing it.

            I would give almost anything to have normal hearing but it isn't going to happen.

            Thanks all.

            Doug
            Started boating 1955
            Number of boats owned 32
            Bayliners
            2655
            2755
            2850
            3870 presently owned
            Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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              #7
              Good to know the treatments are working Doug.
              Jeff & Tara (And Ginger too)
              Lake Havasu City, AZ
              |
              Current: 2008 Playcraft 2400 MCM 350 Mag B3
              2000 Bayliner 3388 Cummins 4bta 250s (SOLD 2020)
              2000 Bayliner 2858 MCM 7.4 MPI B3 (SOLD 2018)
              2007 Bayliner 305 MCM twin 350 Mag B3s (SOLD 2012)
              2008 Bayliner 289 MCM 350 Mag Sea Core B3 (SOLD 2009)
              And 12 others...
              In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. 7-2-10

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                #8
                congrats - now you can do more posts on boc.
                Novurania 335DL. 30HP. WKRP in cincinnati. Previously: Bayliner 3818 in PNW.

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                  #9
                  I had a CRVO in my right (dominant) eye. I lost sight completely in that eye.

                  Got treatments involving intraocular injections. Regained most of my vision in the eye. Not all. But certainly better.

                  That was some scary stuff.
                  Can't afford a nice boat. Gotta make a cheap one nice enough.

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                    #10
                    What? What?

                    good for you, Doug. I've been working with one eye for 24 years. You worry about the good eye. What happens if it goes away. I'm working on my bad eye this year. First procedure has been a real joy. Follow up next week. Next steps to be determined.

                    For those that don't know, I scalped myself from my left eye socket to the middle of my head 24 years ago. It was brutal, but not life (or ego) threatening. This is the year to take care of crap I need to take care of.

                    Pics are gruesome, but available for the curious.
                    Tally and Vicki
                    "Wickus" Meridian 341
                    MMSI 338014939

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                      #11
                      Good for you Tally. I hope it turns out better than expected.

                      Doug
                      Started boating 1955
                      Number of boats owned 32
                      Bayliners
                      2655
                      2755
                      2850
                      3870 presently owned
                      Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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                        #12
                        Eyesight is so very precious!

                        Doug, glad to hear you've made such an improvement!

                        Tally, I trust you will also "see" a benefit from medical treatment.
                        Jim Gandee
                        1989 3888
                        Hino 175's
                        Fire Escape
                        [email protected]
                        Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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                          #13
                          Wow Doug, I just read this what an ordeal. My optometrist just got the new camera which now takes a picture of the entire eyeball from front to back rather than just halfway and was all clear last time I had my annual check. I guess the moral is to go have a check as soon as you feel something is wrong as you did. I am so happy this has turned out well for you.
                          Hugh
                          1990 3888
                          Hino 175 Diesels

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                            #14
                            "talman" post=812828 wrote:
                            What? What?

                            good for you, Doug. I've been working with one eye for 24 years. You worry about the good eye. What happens if it goes away. I'm working on my bad eye this year. First procedure has been a real joy. Follow up next week. Next steps to be determined.

                            For those that don't know, I scalped myself from my left eye socket to the middle of my head 24 years ago. It was brutal, but not life (or ego) threatening. This is the year to take care of crap I need to take care of.

                            Pics are gruesome, but available for the curious.
                            Tally, all the years I have known you, I didn't know that. Good luck old friend.
                            Mike P
                            The Bahamas
                            Formerly Vancouver BC, Bermuda and The Grenadine Islands.

                            Click here to hear my original music, FREE to download to your computer or iPod.

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                              #15
                              "Stratocaster" post=820083 wrote:


                              Tally, all the years I have known you, I didn't know that. Good luck old friend.
                              +1

                              Good luck Tally
                              Midnight Star
                              1996 3587
                              Twin diesels, Hino 250's
                              Ladysmith, BC
                              History: 1996 - 2655, 2001 - 2855, 1984 - 3270

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