….sometimes it’s the pits.
Just as I was becoming hopeful that my vision was improving with the monthly eye injections from my ophthalmologist that were reducing the edema causing my original vision problems, things have taken a turn for the worse. After my last injection on April 28, my vision briefly improved after the local anaesthetic and drops wore off, my vision deteriorated again.
Three days later for another visit to the ophthalmologist and after an examination Dr. Wittenberg discovered that the cataracts previously seen but not a concern at the time had suddenly changed. They had become abnormally fast developing cataracts requiring urgent cataract surgery. She immediately referred me to a local cataract surgeon, but due to his schedule he can’t see me until May 30th. So this coming week I see him for the initial consult and hopefully the surgery for both eyes can be scheduled quickly as my vision has now deteriorated to the point of not only being unable to ride my bike yet again, but now having to go on disability leave from work. Being an IT Administrator, my work is pretty dependant on having better vision than I currently am experiencing. even this post has taken several days to compose and only after reconfiguring my devices for larger fonts and high contrast display in low lighting.
With it now noticeably deteriorating on a weekly basis, first forced my off the bike, and now off work. I have not been able to drive since the whole episode began in late January but I *REALLY* miss cycling especially with the wonderful cycling weather we have been experiencing. Yes I can ride my bike on the trainer but riding a stationary bike on a trainer is not nearly the same thing as getting out on the road and putting some road miles in the saddle.
I had 3 distance cycling events I had wanted to participate in this year and this means I may have to scrap them all. The first was the 100km Pacific Populaire in April, the second the 147km Canada Day Populaire on July 1, and the 160km Prospera Valley Gran Fondo in late July. If the cataract surgery can be scheduled and completed in the first two weeks of June the latter two events may still be possible. Unfortunately since I have not been able to get the road and distance training that I need to prepare for these events, if I do participated I will have to do them more slowly than I am capable of.
There is one event however that my vision must be better by and that is the FIFA World Cup coming up in late June because in my current state even watching the UEFA Champions League final and Whitecaps FC versus Seattle Sounders game today was challenging.
The research I have done and people I know (having been through the cataract surgery) I have heard from have indicated that the cataract surgery should restore my vision to a point much better that even before this all began. several of them have stated that if I can handle the eye injections the way I have then this surgery will be a walk in the park. I am hoping and praying that this is the case because right now this sucks, big time.