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OK, for all us "old-timers." Get your butts to a real good eye doctor at least every year.

Got the crap scared out of me 6 months ago having "ghost" images in the right eye. Qualified eye surgeon said he found nothing. Went back last week, 6 months later and "woila," he DID find something. Little bitty "specks" on the retinal lining called "drusen." Bad. A sign of "dry" AMD="Age related Macular Degeneration."

AMD is very evil. It progresses to where you have a blind spot smack dab in the center of your eye. Ruins your central vision. Although you're not totally blind, the central visual impairment is devastating.



He ships me over to a retinal MD, who gives me some pretty sophiticated tests. Sees that the "dry" AMD is progressing to "wet" AMD. We decide to do "photo-coagulation" using laser surgery. Took about 10 minutes. So far, so good. Seems to have arrested it. Pray for me and wish me luck.

Diet, exercise, no-smoking, and low cholestrol are issues also.

BOTTOM LINE: get your a** to you eye docs regular-like, all you guys over the age of 50. Test your sight regularly by means of a simple "Amsler Grid" test daily. Any "wavy" lines, see an eye doc asap! "Nuff said!

 

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Well I saw my eye doc today. Actually a new doc that knows his stuff, not the wannabe at Target Optical. Good news is that I do not have macular degeneration, bad news is that I have 2 huge cataracts in the front of my eye, and that my Middendorf dots are calcified and about 1/4 inch in size and that and the cataracts is causing a huge blind spot right right in the middle of my eyes. Other than that the doc told me my eyes are in excellent shape for 53.

The other good news is that it should be easy to fix, and that I may not even need glasses after the surgery, but the bad news is that I may have to pay for it myself, since my vision can still be corrected to 20/20. We may get around that because of my sensitivity to light, it is hard for me to drive at night. Will see the specialist next week.

Even if I have to pay for it myself it will be a bargain if it will allow me to shoot to my full capability, I was shooting master scores 6 years ago and now struggle to shoot expert scores.
 
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