Posts Tagged ‘ macular degeneration ’

MACULAR DEGENERATION: DISEASE WITHOUT A CURE

Aug 7th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Yesterday’s column put emphasis on Macular Degeneration. It is founded on a personal experience. It is amazing how rapidly the disease steals vision and interrupts ability to enjoy visually this wonderful world.

My plea to you is to have frequent check ups to determine if/whether there are signs suggesting early onset (reduced vision, impaired vision, etc). Often there are no ‘early signs’, thus the need for annual visits to your optometrist/ophthalmologist for screenings. Once macular degeneration is diagnosed, nothing can be done to reverse it; however, having the medical assurance and encouragement that you are not currently experiencing evidence of its presence allows for the dismissal of unnecessary anxiety and worry.



SENIOR MALADIES: TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE

Aug 6th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Following a year and a half, March 27, 2012, the verdict is in. For the fourth time I was the recipient of a cornea from a generous donor. My eye had been besieged by a stroke and the ever present presence of cataracts. During this time, ophthalmologists have tracked me very closely. At one point there was evidence of rejection. With the introduction of steroids, vision seemed to be stabilized.

Over that period there were days when my vision was crystal clear, experiencing vision, however, of 20/200. That wasn’t what we had hoped for, but as good as we could get.

Finally, within the last month, a checkup indicated that macular degeneration had reared its ugly



SENIORS OVERCOME HANDICAPPING CONDITIONS

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The top 10 concerns of senior citizens includes health issues. Judi Dench, the actress, and I have one in common. We have been diagnosed with macular degeneration. You may also be a part of that growing league of those who are beset by this incurable disease. The worst part is that ‘wet’ macular degeneration in particular can lead to blindness if not treated early. People who have ‘dry’ macular degeneration experience a decline in vision, but may not become altogether blind. Click on those links above to get more information from the Mayo Clinic.

As we grow older, we seem to be confronted by more and more health issues for which there is no cure, no reversal, no treatment. Drug companies work tirelessly to come up with means for addressing one or another of these threats, but often to no avail.



SENIORS: EXPECTING AND ACCEPTING CHANGE IN HEALTH

Dec 13th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Wise counsel for senior citizens is ‘the one thing predictable for the elderly is change’. As we age, some body parts wear out from use… like our joints. We sit around more and exercise less and our muscles get weaker. Following retirement, we adjust to living on a fixed income and the constraints that come with that. Change. Predictable change.

The body parts wearing out has its own set of peculiar ramifications. I was diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration this week. It’s an eye condition in which the macula inside the eye deteriorates and causes change (that word again!) in vision. Change that makes vision deteriorate slowly and over a period of years.

I’ve already had three corneal transplants from an inherited condition known as keratoconus. That eye condition results in the