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Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

November 29, 2012
5:53 AM

Post #9345246

For the last several years I have used cheap $store and WM readers because I'm horrible about loosing them and didn't want to invest in real galsses but my husband finally talked me into going to get eye exam and "real' glasses because I was having more trouble seeing. I was shocked to learn my eyesight wasn't going just because of age but I had contracted a diesase called " ocular histoplasmosis " from fungus,"histoplasmosis capsulatum" in bird droppings,most likely suspect were the chickens we use to raise.This fungus is also found in other birds such as piegons and also bat droppings and you can even get it just by driving down a road by chicken houses.Luckily it treatable w/ lazer surgery but if left untreated you can go blind and worst case senario is removal of affected eyeball(s). SO...don't neglect your vision health. I go to specialist Sat. for second opion and coarse of treatment.
Camden, AR

November 30, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9346294

Wow - how scary!! I have never heard of this. I hope that the specialist can easily correct the problem! My eyesight has always been great, but has really nose dived this past year. I have an appt next week to try to get it checked out. I think it is just an age related thing...

Thanks for the warning - I am sure several people in south arkansas have been exposed to such a fungus if you are that easily exposed!

Hope your appt goes well!
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 1, 2012
3:59 AM

Post #9346698

They will ask if you want your eyes scanned...say YES. It's only an additional $20.00 and can save your eyesight. I almost turned it down but I figured"in for a dime,in for a dollar". I thought it was just aging eye too.
Camden, AR

December 12, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9356274

How did your appt go with the specialist? Just wondering what they told you. Hope all is well!
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 23, 2012
3:44 AM

Post #9365229

Sorry, being so slow getting back. Saw the specialist last Thursday and while I do have scaring from this disease and very early stages of cataracts,I do not need any surgery any time soon and he said it's scaring from disease NOT active lessions. I take it from the look and pregnant pause when I told him what the optomtresis(sp?) said that he wasn't very please with how he scared me.So I got a very good Christmas present with that report.
Camden, AR

December 28, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9369165

Good for you! Glad to hear that it wasn't as serious as he led you to believe! Great Christmas present indeed!

Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 29, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #9369634

very good present

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