Well, you wouldn't think anything "funny" would happen at the dentist, but indeed something did that offers possible hope for low vision sufferers. I had broken a filling on a Friday night - great timing! Fortunately it didn't bother me, but on Monday I called and got an almost immediate appointment. Wasn't even dressed when I got the call-back.
So I'm sitting in the waiting room reading Our State magazine, a beautiful publication that I vow to subscribe to. There is an advertisement from an eye specialist/researcher/optometrist in WILMINGTON who has developed treatments for various eye diseases and conditions, primarily macular degeneration. I am intrigued, but also skeptical. What legitimate medical person actually advertises? So I ask the receptionist if she could make me a copy. When she sees what it is, she says, "Oh, he's my doctor! And he's wonderful!" And he's the doctor of the dentist too as well as a number of other staff members. He had his practice near the dentist's for many years until moving to Wilmington.
I can't wait to get home to check him out on the Internet. And here is what I found: Dr. Edward Paul has in fact "successfully treated individuals with Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, Albinism, Stargardt's Disease, Optic Nerve Disorders, Nystagmus, Myopic Degneration, Macular Holes, Retinitis Pigmentosa, PXE, Strokes, and many other eye conditions that cause Low Vision." And he offers free phone consultations.
I called! Although he seems to specialize in macular degeneration, he does indeed work with retinitis pigmentosa patients. They were able to arrange an appointment while Roberta is visiting us next week! While I am somewhat cynical by nature and hold out no expectations from this consultation, I am very interested to know how he works, what he has to offer, how he's measures his success, and if there is some hope to restore enough vision to enable Roberta to recover and retain her license for a while longer. We shall see (no pun intended!), and I will report back afterwards.
Oh....and my broken filling was easily repaired - no drilling, no root canal, 20 minutes, and done! An interesting morning!