Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The results of my eye exam were good; for now

Here is what Dr Vavvas of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary told me.

I have a 1.7mm high choroidal nevur behind my right eyeball. He called it a 'suspicious lesion'. It's smaller than the 2 mm which they use as the cutoff point for concern, and I have no additional symptoms like detached retina, flashing lights, floaters, pain, etc. So it may be nothing, however, we are being cautious and monitoring it.

Since they don't have any photos to compare the growth or non-growth of the lesion, they will examine me in six months in December to see if there are any changes. This could develop into a uveal melanoma and require the insertion of a button with radiation to kill the cancer. This could damage my better-than-perfect eyesight in my eye. I have had excellent eyesight up to now, thanks be to God.

The doctor I saw was covering for Dr Gragoudas, who 'wrote the book' on treating this type of condition without removing tissue from the eyeball. I am trying to modify my diet and pray during these six months that God has given me to be able to save myself from surgery which may damage my vision.

Thank you all for your prayers. They keep me going.

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Mary N. said...

A few years ago doctors found a lesion on the back of one of my eyes, also. They were concerned because they thought it was a raised lesion but after testing it was found to be flat. I was worried at the time so I can understand your concern and will keep you in my prayers. I'm glad to hear that the news is positive so far. May God bless you :)

Leticia said...

Thanks so much for shaing this with me, Mary. The lesion is not flat in my case, but it's not in the risk zone. Yet. This is an exercise in trust.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur said...

That is good news. Hope that all continues to go well.

Kris Delaney said...

We will keep you in our prayers, Leticia. I'm so glad there is reason for hope and they are going to keep a watch on it. I'll pray that it is nothing!

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

It wouldn't hurt to take some additional vitamins while you wait out the 6 months. There is a vision formula ($4) put out by Walmart that promotes health of the eyes. I pray this will work itself out. I have a blog post about my son's vision - dr. wanted to operate a few years ago. If I had allowed her to he might not be pitching today.