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Well all, I have probably mentioned I lost the vision in one eye due to a reoccurring herpes virus .
All was actually going quite well ,and the virus stayed put after I got a corneal transplant decades ago.

FYI, I have to avoid led lights like the plague, as the herpes virus comes out of remission after I have exposure to them .

Go back two years . I visit my neighbors for Christmas dinner . Eye starts burning to the point I had to leave . Find out later that the son had given mom led lights as a Christmas present .
I was unaware they had just installed them at the dinner table . Cornea is basically destroyed by virus again , from 20/50 to less than 20/200 .
Vision wasn’t great before, but now being in sunlight is more painful then ever , even with high end serengeti sunglasses .

Now things get worse . I went to the neighbors for Christmas dinner again (they removed led bulbs for me ) , but I get a terrible cold that there passing around .
Two days ago both eyes start burning for no apparent reason in the evening .
Wake up in morning only to see damaged eye crusted shut, and healthy eye red and burning with vision loss .
Went from 20/30 in healthy eye to 20/100 .
Sat in emergency for half the day and they dispatched my eye specialist.
Finds there’s an entirely new virus (not herpes) on both eyes now .
Unfortunately there’s a newly developed ulcer on what was a perfect healthy cornea on my healthy eye 12 hours prior.

There’s nothing that can be done other than suppressing drugs and letting it run it’s course .
Some vision returned today, but not even close to 20/30 . The really bad news is , sunlight is absolutely painful even with sunglasses . I guess having both eyes with scarring is going to be one hell of a problem driving , even with corrective lenses , as I’m pretty much blind in sunlight .

Guess all I can do is wait it out and see what’s left . Like the title says , not a great start to the new year .
I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think I may have my drivers license taken away soon .
I can’t really drive regardless like this , (been told not to for now ) and don’t want to endanger anyone .
The unfortunate part is , I was getting a package from work in August when I get layed off , and wanted to start a home business .
I’m looking at worse case , but I can see where it may be time to liquidate everything and throw in the towel .
Disability pays very little with our plan , and everyone here so far has lost there homes when confronted by a heath burden .
Such is life
 

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Hang in there Rick, hope things improve for you.
 
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Hang in there Rick, hope things improve for you.
Like I say I’m jumping the gun. Hopefully my healthy eye recovers , but I can feel the scarring when I blink , plus there’s the vision loss .
The specialist was claiming it’s rare to lose vision from this virus, but in rare cases it can.

Wish I could remember what the heck it was called so I could google it



My prayers Rick. I too had to quit driving not from vision lost but from random black outs and seizures from a stroke.
That’s terrible , I’m sorry to hear this . At what age did this happen ?
 

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Darn Rick. Wish there was something more I could say besides, hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.
 
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Darn Rick. Wish there was something more I could say besides, hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.
Seriously,and I’m not exaggerating, but it’s almost impossible for me to get threw Christmas.
I absolutely hate Christmas,because it is always when things hit the fan . I always pray I’m going to get threw unscaved , but never do.
I even told the specialist this a month ago , and it happened just like clockwork .

I kind of wish I never posted this thread ,but was just steamed at the time .
Right now blinking is painful . To me that only means one thing , the eyelid is rubbing on an ulcer .
Going to hit the hay and see how is is tomorrow. Maybe things will be improving, as they did a little today
 

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Geez, Rick, that's brutal. You should be able to access any lab work done, online. Seems like everyone else around here does it regularly...I just never bothered.

In the Vancouver Coastal Health area this applies:
Request a health record

I'm assuming you have the same process in your district(?).
 

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Geez, Rick, that's brutal.
Ya it’s funny how things can go south in an instant . I talked to the specialist this evening and still can’t understand what he called this exactly. I’ll be seeing him later in the week I believe and find out then. Not like it matters ,as all viruses leave permanent scarring .
Hopefully things get better and I’m all paranoid for nothing . Being in sunlight today was terrible though .
Guess I gotta wear my welding helmet when I go out
 

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I really do feel for you Rick, my darling wife has Macular degeneration and has an eye injection every six weeks, the next one in a couple of weeks but at the moment she can't use her computer or watch the TV even with her new glasses and she is very distressed. I sincerely hope that both of you recover quickly.
 

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Hang in there lil buddy - - you'll get thru it ok.
 
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Rick I'm sorry to hear about eye problems. My wife also has terrible eye problems, 6 surgeries in the past 2 year, so I kind of know what your experiencing. I hope you recover soon back to normal vision!
 

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@RainMan 2.0 I can understand how stressful and discouraging things seem at the moment. But, try keeping a positive outlook. Modern medicine has come such a long way. I pray that there will be some measure of relief for you in the not too distant future.
 

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Ouch, sorry to hear about your problem, Rick. I got my fingers crossed that it improves soon.
 

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Dang Rick, that really sucks. At least they have antivirals these days, they act really slowly, but they do help. My daughter has been taking them for some time. I had Herpes Zoster (Shingles) a couple of years ago that centered on my left eye and the antivirals really kept it at bay. The nerve damage still bothers me, but the virus isn't active. My best wishes to you Rick, enough is enough.
 
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