Originally Posted by KeelaC
Cat Fan: Don't mean to hijack Kelly's thread, but I'm very interested to know how a head injury can cause macular degeneration. What physically happened to the retina? And what would cause it to get worse after the accident?
Please forgive me for taking so long to answer. I grew up showing horses, hunters. When I was about 14, I threw away (shoved my hands up the horse's neck near his ears which makes the reins slack and had no contact with the bridle and the horse's mouth) a very inexperienced horse at the first jump of a triple combination. We crashed threw the first jump, the second the horse managed to throw all the rails above my head, but the third was a cross rail and his neck caught one of the rails and it came and caught me in the nose and eyes. I remember the accident and landing sitting up on my rear end with my legs straight out on the ground looking for my glasses and most of my life before however I still have amnesia about some of my childhood, I have short term memory problems-post its notes are my best friend, I am dyslexic and I have extreme myopia and macular degeneration. I remember spending a lot of time with wires attached to my head at different specialists. Needless to say, it did break my nose bad enough to require a cast on my face. My eye doc discovered the macular degeneration about 8 or 9 years ago. He and my ophthalmologist, a retinal specialist both said it is consistent with the hard hit I took from the fence rail across the bridge of my nose and eyes, the force with which I landed, and my myopia getting worse every year, sometimes twice a year. The doctors at the time of the accident said it was a good thing that my glasses had plastic lenses or I would have been blind. I hope this answers your question.