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    Old 08-28-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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    Early cataraacts OU ???

    Hello and thanks for taking the time to read this...

    I just got my medical records from the Veterans Admin, on CD, so I started browsing through it and found info about an eye problem I had a while back.

    Quite informative and, if it was all about using a dictionary, I'd have all the answers by now!

    So, if you haven't done enough good deeds today, please take pity on this ignorant guy with the blurry vision and help out with my problem!

    I'm hoping "Early cataraacts OU" stands for something like: be sure you check every patient for signs of "Early cataraacts" and that the "OU" is short for "OU kidder!"

    However, if it stands for 'Uh-Oh! This geezer's got signs of Early cataraacts! then I'll take the time to make an appointment and put up with my least favorite journey in 62 years to Loma Linda, keeping my fingers crossed that it won't take nine hours THIS time! grin.

    Of course if your are near the top of the erudite ladder, where the professional cogniscenti rule, then have a look a bit further down...

    Just looking for clarity about the first question but it would be nice to know what this means :

    "Macula - flat OD, ERM OS with hole and striae and elevation
    periphery multiple small pearllike lesions mid periphery ou
    with underlying yellowish choroidal lesions"


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    Old 08-29-2009, 07:09 AM   #2
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    OD=right eye, OS=left eye, OU=both eyes
    I've removed the rest of my reply because Earthworm has done a much better job.

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    Old 08-29-2009, 08:00 AM   #3
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    Re: Early cataraacts OU ???

    Hey Dude,

    You are funny Joking aside, early cataracts both eyes is nothing to worry about. That generally means some yellowing of the lenses. Most importantly is what type of cataracts (which determines the progression) and your vision through them. Some people could have severe cataracts but overall vision still great and patient does not complaint at all. The progression can also be affected by your medical conditions also.

    As for the retina notations:
    Macular - Right eye flat (that is good, we always write flat, that means no swelling or traction or anything abnormal), Left eye - not so good with Epiretinal Membrane with holes, striae and elevation. That is usually due to the cell proliferation of the internal limiting membrane (one of the layers of the retina) causing swelling, puckering, holes and such which could be detrimental to your vision. So what you see out of the left eye now will probably give you an idea of the severity of this ERM. In the initial stage, vision is not greatly affected. Amsler grid is an easy way to monitor any changes at home. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Look up ILM treads, you will gain a lot of insights into this problem. JodieJ and TopGeek are among the few experts on this topic in my opinion.
    Mid Peripheral choroidal lesions are nothing to worry about usually (those finidings are generally common in older folks).

    It is sad that your doctor did not discuss with you regarding these findings and you have to dig through the information on a CD on your own. I hope you will get better answers and follow up advice on your next visit and I hope you won't have to wait 9 hrs this time! Best of luck!!

    Old 08-31-2009, 08:56 PM   #4
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    Re: Early cataraacts OU ???

    Thanks, KeelaC and Earthworm, very helpful info and points me in the right direction.

    In answer to your question Keel, no, the Dr never spoke to me about the specifics. He did, however, tell me that the conditions I had were one for the text books; asked would I mind having pix taken. Ok, I said but gave up after waiting an hour an a half.

    He had referred me to the eye clinic. Subsequently returned for a specialist (who prob wrote all that stuff) and then for a follow up exam, performed by an intern, reviewed by a Dr., who, when she arrived, gave me such a dirty look, I was a bit stunned. I should have reacted immediately and loudly but the opportunity passed.

    When she indicated to the intern that nothing else was indicated, the intern said, 'But... but...' and the Dr shut her up with another one of those looks.

    I've had such frustrating experiences at Loma Linda that I felt, as long as I could see, the Dr could wait on publishing her discovery, the delay of which, I presume, was behind the dirty look.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid of me. Going to rectify all this with my next appointment that I've been attempting to make since last Thursday. Sigh!

    Thanks again for the info, by the time I get there I should be able to speak more intelligently about this...

    "None are so blind as those who will not see."

    Old 09-15-2009, 10:09 PM   #5
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    I hope if you have cataracts that you can get them removed. I had mine done a couple of years ago at age 56 and it has been wonderful. I was extremely near-sighted with thick glasses and now don't wear any at all. I occasionally wear some over the counter reading glasses, but I am so happy to be able to do nearly everything else with no correction. It didn't hurt and I'm really scared of doctors/surgeries. It is totally worth it.

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