I had my appointment this morning, and to my surprise I do not have a retinal tear. I suppose that's a good thing. The bad news is that I have something called uveitis. While I do believe that uveitis is easily treated, what's not good is that it is often associated with about a hundred-and-one different diseases and sicknesses. The doctor doesn't think I have anything else wrong with me since I seem to be in good health with zero other symptoms, but of course I am still wondering...maybe there is a bigger issue.
For the next 6 weeks I have steroid drops to put in my eyes (every 2 hours this first week...he is serious about these drops!). Hopefully this will fix the uveitis. If I go back in 6 weeks and it hasn't cleared up, then chances are, there is a bigger issue that needs to be fixed and I guess we'll worry about that then.
Right now I'm feeling a little let down, mainly because I was looking for a clear answer and diagnosis today. I know that I got a diagnosis for the eye, but now the question is just what's causing it? Am I fluke person who just developed this on my own? Or is there something else I need to have checked out? If you know anything about uveitis, please feel free to share in the comments or in an email to me. I'd never heard of it before today, and webMD is somewhat helpful, but I'd love to hear a real story.
Oh, and on a funny note...if you ever want to feel really good about yourself, visit a retina specialist! In the waiting room, I was EASILY the only person under 70. I was also one of about 3 patients who wasn't using a walker, cane, or wheelchair. Once I finally sit down with the doctor, he expresses how odd this uveitis is in me because I seem to be very healthy and I'm so "slim." Apparently it's more common in those who are obese. It's always nice to be reminded of my youth and hear that I'm "slim!" That was my one positive from the whole experience!