I was referred to an ophthalmologist by my optometrist over a year ago because my vision in my left eye, even with correction, is not as clear as before. I was told I had macular edema, a swelling under the macula, which causes this distortion. I was told that if it was serious enough a retina specialist could insert a needle and withdraw the fluid, but I did not need that procedure now.
I was prescribed antibiotic eyedrops for an extended period of time. The vision improved a bit, then reverted to what it was. At my latest visit with the opthalmologist I was told that it's not fluid, but thickening of the macula itself. Removing fluid would not be a solution. Only surgery to reduce the thickness of the macula would help. This is not indicated at this point.
I am confused about the two different explanations, and about any implications that thickening of the macula may have.
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