Thursday, October 02, 2014
Visit to St Thomas's eye clinic this morning where after various tests Dr N H confirmed cataracts and macular degeneration in both eyes. 'Right eye doesn't look too bad' its 'predominantly on the left. Vision is now 6/9, just within the limit for driving. Surgery isn't recommended for the cataracts because so far the deterioration isn't serious enough to outweigh the minor risks, one in 20 patients experiencing some complications, some of which can be corrected by further suger.
Nothing can be done about macular degeneration. When pressed, the doctor said that the median time between diagnosis and blindness was five years, and that should see me out as I expect to step off in July 2016.