Sep 02, 2012 - 1:02 am
Ah, radiation and chemo; the gifts that keep on giving. My ophthalmologist told me Friday that I have 'radiation-induced' cataracts...
After a peek at the eyes, he noted that my cancer had most likely been base-of-tongue (correct) and he was seeing the result of radiation scatter. I was a stage 4, with multiple lymph node involvement on both sides of my neck, so I can imagine the radiation was scattered just about everywhere.
A pre-existing medical condition with my eyes makes me a 'high risk' cataract-surgery patient, so his recommendation is that we wait for six months before taking any action. That is, unless it gets really bad before then. Not sure what that means. And, how does one know what to look for, if one already isn't seeing all that clearly?
On a more positive note, he told me that he could substantially improve my dry-eyes issue by inserting little plugs into my 'eye drains.' This apparently, will allow tears to remain in my eyes longer, rather than draining out throught the bottom.
I'll be going ahead with that one next week. Anyone else have this done?