MS and My Retinal Detachment

     100_0548 I have Multiple Sclerosis and I have also had some pretty serious issues with my right eye lately which, surprisingly enough, have absolutely nothing to do with each other. First, over this last summer, I had a detached Vitreous which was terrifying in that I had floaters and all kinds of visual distortions that ultimately my body was able to correct on its own. And then a few weeks ago in early November I started to have what I thought was another round of the same detachment so I paid little attention to it until I started to lose about 60 to 70% of my vision in my right eye which sent me back to the eye doctor. And in this case it was a very good thing that I did as a Detached Retina I learned is a whole lot worse, seeing as it will eventually lead to going blind in that eye, if not corrected quickly.

     A scant 24 hours after my diagnosis I found myself going into the first of a two day procedure where they inject a gas bubble straight into your eye to push the retina back into place, which sounds gross, but isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as you might think. On the second day I was taken into the laser room where they shot a laser beam straight into my right eye to reattach, or weld would be more like it, the retina back into its proper location. As the Ophthalmologist worked on my eye he started to tell me just how lucky I was to have this happen now as opposed to ten years ago when this procedure was just in the very early phase of being developed. In other words, I probably would have lost the use of my right eye ten years ago and for many people once this occurs in one eye the likely hood of it happening in the other eye jumps significantly which is why I have to go back in two weeks to have the laser part of this procedure done again on a few weak spots in my left eye.

     And this procedure actually had a profoundly positive effect on my overall out look when it comes to also having MS, I started to consider just how fast science is moving and discovering new ways of treating and curing many health problems. If you’ve been reading all of the studies that are currently being done on MS and a wide variety of other Autoimmune disorders, as well as all diseases really, you start to think that it really is possible that we all may once again be able to hike up a mountain side or ride a one hundred mile marathon bike race without all of the ravages of these awful diseases holding us back.

     Don’t get me wrong, I certainly didn’t enjoy my Detached Retina experience by any means, but it did help me to find my faith in a medical system that I have quite often been critical of in the recent past. We will find a cure to Multiple Sclerosis in the near future, of that I’m absolutely certain. My Holiday wish for all of us is to see, and experience life once again to its fullest, without any adverse effects from this degenerative malady that we call Multiple Sclerosis!


Happy Holidays to all with hopes for 2015 being the year that we can truly see the beginning of the end of this disease. And, who knows, perhaps the cure has already been discovered and is just a clinical trial or two away from becoming a reality!


Bill Walker

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