Hello! This is my first time writing on a message board, however I
have been reading all of the messages posted by various people, So
here goes my story. I am really taking the plunge….
I was diagnosed with Graves in September, 1995 by my primary care
physician. I was put on Tapazole until April 1996. While on
Tapazole my blood levels fluctuated and my eyes kept getting worse.
I was referred to an ophthalmologist in late 1995 and they treated me for
“dry eyes” and gave me goop and artificial tears. This did not
help. In May, the ophthalmologist recommended a treatment of
prednisone (steroid), which helped the swelling and vison for a short while.
To condense this, I finally saw an endocrinologist in May, 1996.
Had the RAI (10 mil.) Had another session of prednisone recently which
is not helping. My main problem is my eyes!! I am having trouble focusing,
light sensitivity, swelling, etc. My focus problem is like the after
affects of a flash bulb in my eyes. There is a constant bright spot
in my vision, and it is always there. I am unable to
drive, and am having difficulty seeing at my clerical job due to this eye
problem. I would like to get opinions from anyone regarding radiation
therapy to the eye…. My ophthalmologist
will discuss this procedure at my next visiit on 9/23. All responses
are most welcome. Thank you for being here for me. It’s nice to know
that I’m not alone…..Carmen.