In the comments on my post about my eyesight problems many of you requested that I keep you up-to-date with any progress.
I'm afraid the news isn't particularly optimistic. I attended a consultation in Manchester regarding the possibility of lens replacement which seems to be my only option. The procedure sounded to be very straightforward and safe and it would give me almost perfect eyesight without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
After extensive tests on Friday, it was revealed that my eyes are very long and therefore there is a high risk of retinal detachment if I go ahead with the surgery. In fact the advice was that I should think in terms of when the retina would detach rather than if.
The surgery involved is the same as it would be for a cataract operation and one of the comments was that it wouldn't be considered for me if I was younger due to the level of risk. The reason behind considering it for me was that at some time it was certain that I would need cataract surgery even though at the moment I have no signs of any cataracts developing. Apparently that the result of living longer is that we will all end up with cataracts. The thing is that this point, if it is reached, could be a good few years off.
I have been referred to another ophthalmologists who specialises in retinal issues but to be honest the whole discussion scared me. It seems that the best advice he would give would be to proceed with extreme caution. It seems that there is a very high risk involved and so I am left with the dilemma of what to do. At the moment I feel the risk is too high as any type of eyesight is better than none at all.
I just wish the optometrist had told me that the whole thing was too risky and that it couldn't be carried out. I guess the bottom line is if I make the decision to withdraw I lose my deposit whereas if they make that decision I get my deposit back. Am I being too suspicious in thinking this is why the decision is left to me?
I am now trying to investigate if there are any other options. It's all a bit traumatic. Fortunately at the back of my mind I had the feeling that something would put a spanner in the works, it's just the fact that they seem to be saying we can do this but there WILL consequences that is difficult.
At least I am learning how to use speech recognition instead of typing. I can take photos though and have added some of our journey across the Pennines and the Christmas market in Manchester to stop the post being too miserable.