Corneas aren’t meant to have blood vessels growing in them, they are avascular which means they have no blood vessels and they absorb the oxygen they need from the atmosphere. The cornea is the clear window on the front of the eye that gives us clear vision.
Due to the inflammation of scleritis I have blood vessels growing into the cornea on my left eye. The vision is hazy like looking through a fog. Problems occur when the blood vessels keep growing and cover the clear portion of the cornea over the pupil, if this happens there can be serious consequences to vision: –
If they grow into the cornea enough they can cause irregularity to the cornea, which in turn will degrade the vision – I already have an irregular cornea due to Keratoconus so don’t want it to warp even more.
In severe cases the cornea will lose its clarity and with further vision degradation only a corneal transplant will clear the vision – don’t really want a transplant either!
I am currently on 5mg oral Prednisone, 25mg Methotrexate and Predforte eye drops. I see my eye doctor again next week for an Avastin injection into the eye to try and stop the vessel growth.
Having these constant eye problems are really starting to wear me down. I’m so fed up with the crap vision I’m getting, the pain and having to keep taking time off of work. I have had chronic scleritis since last November and not a day goes by that I’m not in pain, my eyes look like crap, all red and ugly looking and I’m over it! There I have had my tantrum think I will pop a couple of pain killers and go and have a cuppa!
As you can tell I’m struggling with it today. I am so lucky that my mental health has been fairly stable throughout this illness, I can’t imagine how horrible it would be if my bipolar was unstable at the same time as going through this. I will be fine, as usual I will slap myself around the face and tell myself to toughen up as it could be much worse.
Have a good weekend ☺