Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Roy and I went to Baton Rouge today to see the Retina Specialist, Dr. John Curtis Creed. He, like Dr. Grenier, was very thorough and spent a lot of time with us.
We learned several things. They are all contributing to Roy’s vision not being what it should be.
Roy’s macular degeneration is not a bad case. It is dry macular generation and not the awful wet macular degeneration. He will begin taking Prevegen ARed2 vitamins to help the macular degeneration not proceed like it would without that. Since our original family eye doctor is a general eye doctor it was not something he should have caught and it didn’t affect the cataract surgery. Dr. Grenier is also a general eye doctor but it seems he goes way above and beyond in his diagnosing and patient care.
Roy also has asteroid hyalosis which are cholesterol globs that float around in his vision. Asteroid hyalosis is a degenerative eye condition marked by a buildup of calcium and lipids, or fats, in the fluid between your eye’s retina and lens, called the vitreous humor. There isn’t any treatment for that, it will continue to affect his vision.
He has “multifocal lens after image” which is something some people have after having a multifocal lens is inserted. It contributes to the unwanted poor vision.
Roy requested the lens that would fix his astigmatism but that’s not what he got. He also asked the original doctor if his astigmatism was gone and he was told yes. Dr. Creed said no it’s not.
He probably shouldn’t have had the cataract surgery on the right eye at all. He will not be having the left cataract removed nor will he have the lens polishing. Both are things Dr. Creed said for him not to have.
The option of switching out the current lens for the correct lens is only going to be considered as a last resort. The danger of doing a second surgery of this type could cause very unwanted side affects. So unless all else fails, he’ll keep the lens he has.
Roy’s records from his original doctor had not made it to Dr. Grenier/Creed by the time of this appointment.
The plan for Roy is two fold. One is we are going to stop talking and thinking about this. It keeps Roy upset and focusing all the time on his eyesight not being what he wants it to be which isn’t giving it a chance to heal naturally. Dr. Creed said that his vision could still improve further over time on its own.
Second is to order some cheap glasses online (they gave us two websites to check out) to see if that will help correct his vision to where it is clearer and more of what he wants. Dr. Creed and his wonderful nurse said that how Roy’s vision responds to the glasses will help them see where to go from here.
I’d recommend Dr. Grenier highly to anyone looking for a general eye doctor. It’s a 90 minute drive for us from Amite to his office but he’s worth the drive. Dr. Creed is also very worth the drive. Both of those doctors have assistants with them during the entire visit taking notes of what the doctor is saying he sees. Both have been with their doctors around 20 years and it certainly is obvious in their communication. They are both in the same office at Ochsner in BR.
We appreciate everyone’s concern and ask for your continued prayers. We go back to Dr. Creed in six weeks to see where everything stands. We’ll let you know how things are then!
We are going to take our first trip since coming home in October. Just three days but it’s a trip! Tomorrow we’ll travel to Metairie, Louisiana in our motor home and get set up for watching the Metairie St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road. We did this two years ago and had lots of fun visiting with family and friends. For those not from Louisiana this is a parade where beads and cups are thrown but there are also cabbage, carrots, potatoes and lots of other food thrown!! We’ll come back on Monday. This is us, minus Kallie, from two years ago!
I have been busy painting St. Patrick’s Day green rocks to hide and give out at the parade!
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