It was at the age of 30 that I was told I had proliferative retinopathy. I remember thinking I had winged it for too and now I was going to lose my vision. However, I was also cross that I hadn’t got the support I needed from my doctors.
I underwent extensive laser surgery but continued to experience bleeds every few weeks. As a result, my vision was blurring and I was struggling to see. After significant delays, I underwent a vitrectomy in both eyes. My right eye is now fine but my left eye is permanently damaged. This interferes with daily life, which can be really frustrating. It’s also a constant reminder of what I’ve been through.
Sadly, my employer wasn’t very compassionate and I ended up having to resign on medical grounds. I also needed to stop driving, which felt like another part of my independence I had lost.