“The saying “20/20 vision does not mean healthy eyes”, is something that I feel very passionate about. During my routine eye exam 9 years ago, using the latest technology in digital eye imaging, Dr. Day found a growth on my left retina.
Dr. Day referred me to a specialist in a small group of select doctors he works with on a daily basis. I was examined and went through a series of testing to determine what type of growth it was. At that time is was a benign “freckle type” mole that was not growing or damaging my eye. Over the next several years, Dr. Day continued my yearly eye exams and found the health of my eye was stable and I was continuing to see at 20/20. During my eye exam in January of 2010, Dr. Day found that the growth in my eye had changed in size! He again referred me to see a trusted specialist. I was examined and referred on to see a cancer specialist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, I was diagnosed with melanoma of the retina. This is a very rare disease, especially for someone my age (29)! They were able to treat the cancer and I continue to follow up with a specialist to ensure that the tumor continues to shrink and to save my 20/20 vision. Although melanoma of the retina is rare, there are several diseases that can affect the eye and should be tested for and/or monitored on a regular basis.
Prevention is the best key to preserve your vision!
I wanted to share my story with everyone who visits Dr. Day’s website, to express to everyone how truly important yearly eye exams are!”