wavy lines in dry amd: causes other than neovascularization ?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Herbert.Kocks, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. A sudden onset of wavy lines in the lower/right
    quadrant of the Amsler grid led to an emergency
    visit to my retinal specialist, who found no bleeding.
    Other than neovascularization (progression to
    wet amd), what other explanations exist? The
    wavy lines began right after workup for cataract
    surgery. Can eyedrops cause wavy lines?
    ( grasping at straws, I know :)

    Thank you,
    H.K.
     
    Herbert.Kocks, Aug 2, 2006
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  2. Herbert.Kocks

    Don W Guest

    Your doctor should have given you an OCT. This might have shown the
    presence of drusen that would modulate the RPE and would thusly cause the
    Amsler grid lines to wave. This would occur with dry amd.
    Good luck.

    Don W.
     
    Don W, Aug 2, 2006
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  3. Herbert.Kocks

    Don W Guest

    A sudden onset of wavy lines in the lower/right quadrant of the Amsler
    The edema (whatever variety) would also have shown up on an OCT, which
    should have been given. Truth?

    Don W.
     
    Don W, Aug 3, 2006
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  4. Herbert.Kocks

    Don W Guest

    It would be nice for the patient to find out why he didn't get this test.
    All it would take would be a phone call to the doctor's office. Too
    important for this to be left as is. Either that or get a second opinion.

    Don W.
     
    Don W, Aug 4, 2006
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  5. The doctor performed an OCT in the afflicted eye. He's a highly
    regarded retinal specialist in the Bay Area. No dearth of technology
    here.

    What our doctors lack is time, to explain and discuss. One famous
    ophthalmologist in the area allegedly averages 28 cataracts on the
    days he operates. If a patient like me notices wavy lines the day
    before a surgery, how much time does that doc have to explain retinal
    test results and suggest life-style changes? My doc's office is full
    of sales literature for the various IOLs. Not one pamphlet in the
    office informs the patient about amd or ocular nutrition. I think more
    emphasis should be on the intractable problems rather than on the
    effectively solved problem of cataracts, but I can understand that it's
    more pleasant to fix an ocular problem than to discuss fish, spinach,
    possibilities, probabilities and low vision aids.

    H.K.
     
    Herbert.Kocks, Aug 4, 2006
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  6. Herbert.Kocks

    Don W Guest

    So the OCT _was_ judged as normal?

    Don W.
     
    Don W, Aug 4, 2006
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  7. The conclusions were "not wet" (yet) and ok
    to proceed with cataract repair. Whether the
    OCT was "normal," I don't know. The retinal
    specialist and the ophthalmologist huddled
    privately. You're teaching me to ask
    intelligent questions.

    Thank you,
    H.K.
     
    Herbert.Kocks, Aug 5, 2006
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  8. The conclusions were "not wet" (yet) and ok
    to proceed with cataract repair. Whether the
    OCT was "normal," I don't know. The retinal
    specialist and the ophthalmologist huddled
    privately. You're teaching me to ask
    intelligent questions.

    Thank you,
    H.K.
     
    Herbert.Kocks, Aug 5, 2006
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  9. The conclusions were "not wet" (yet) and ok
    to proceed with cataract repair. Whether the
    OCT was "normal," I don't know. The retinal
    specialist and the ophthalmologist huddled
    privately. You're teaching me to ask
    intelligent questions.

    Thank you,
    H.K.
     
    Herbert.Kocks, Aug 5, 2006
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