Hi Dr. Hagan and others,
My appointment with the retinal consultant is in a couple of days (haven't had my eyes looked at since July) and I just thought it perhaps worth brainstroming to see what some sensible questions to ask her might be. My inclination at present is not to ask too much and just to let her get on with it.
History if you remember - RD right eye 14 months ago following PVD. Aphakic in both eyes following complicated congenital cataract surgery. Brilliant outcome so far with the RD - no vision lost whatsoever and all entirely stable. Vision wasn't brilliant to start with but that's another story. Lots of worry about the future and in some ways fear severe physical pain (from surgery or end-stage eye disease) almost more than blindness. Haven't experienced any so far but realise that my eyes are "difficult" to manage, particularly with any complicated surgery. Becoming increasingly better able to cope with all this fear and worry and find that regularly speaking to a counsellor helps (in my opinion, should be standard for pretty much all RD patients!). But it sometimes does still strike, sometimes very intensely, and it may be that this will never go away in spite of its impact lessening over time.
Questions to ask (if any) - the main thing I want to do is to keep this about (a) my own individual eye; and (b) my own consultant's practical experience in dealing with people like me. I know that long-term predictions about the future are virtually impossible, and also that things are probably about as encouraging as they can possibly be at this stage. I don't want to ask about just generalised stats or things like that, since I know a fair few of them already from online reading.
Any thoughts about sensible questions? She is an enormously sympathetic, compassionate and caring person. I'm not going to have much time with her so any thoughts about things to ask would be useful. This is all assuming a completely clear exam, of course (I haven't been getting any major unusual symptoms recently, and since my pupils dilate very poorly I'm thinking that it's most likely if things ever did go wrong again that I'd probably know about it before the doctors).