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Post by Tailspin45 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:40 am

Back after an astronomy hiatus and sorry to see the old forum going away.

Bought a huge homemade 10" scope back in '70s, but gave it to a friend/employee when I moved. Managed to produce a few fuzzy 35mm images and learned a bit about where things are up there.

Craved a Questar since high school and was happy with an ETX-90 when it came out in the late 90s.

Got serious in the early 2000s and bought a used 8" LX-90, added a CCD camera and oodles of accessories.

Developed macular degeneration and had 20/80 and 20/40 eyesight with big black spots and wiggly lines so I essentially gave the LX and ETX to a school.

Medical miracle medicines restored my vision to 20/20 corrected, lines are straight, and I'm back in business as of January 2020.

Love the technology and finding ways to make things work as much or more than the results, so I decided to see what I can do with an iPhone and an Orion Starblast 4.5 II.
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Post by helicon » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:02 am

Welcome to the Forum Tailspin. Wonderful to hear about the improvement of your vision.
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Post by Bigzmey » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:18 am

Welcome on board! Glad to hear about the remarkable improvement of your eyesight.
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Post by Makuser » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:25 am

Hello Tailspin. I had the cataract lens transplant, and then the subsequent follow up laser procedures eight months later. Now I have 20/20 vision again in both eyes too. Welcome to the forum Tailspin, and the best of wishes with your new Orion Starblast 4.5 II telescope.
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Post by AntennaGuy » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:51 am

Welcome aboard TSS, Tailspin, and... welcome back to astronomy!
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Post by JayTee » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:59 am

Hello and welcome to TSS. Glad you joined us. Wow, that is wonderful news about your eyes as MD runs in my family (both sides).

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Post by bladekeeper » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:39 am

Welcome to TSS and thanks for joining us! :)

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Post by AstroPluff » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:47 am

Welcome aboard! My eyesight is improving now so I can somewhat relate.
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Post by Thefatkitty » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:56 am

Hi Tailspin, welcome to the new forum! Good for you on the eyes, that's great :D

Nice intro and enjoy the equipment!

All the best,
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Post by russmax » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:00 am

Tailspin, the story of your restored eyesight is wonderful. I wish you clear skies and good seeing.
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Post by Lady Fraktor » Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:27 am

Hello and welcome :)
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Post by Valen » Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:33 am

Welcome to TSS. Good to hear your eye site is back.
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Post by Peter802 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:31 am

Hello.
Welcome to the forum.
Clear Skies.
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Post by Graeme1858 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:28 am

Welcome aboard Tailspin. Good to see you returned to the hobby. I have Macular retinopathy in both eyes which is part of the reason I prefer astrophotography to visual now. I don't notice during the day but it's tiresome allowing for the big black blobs for averted vision! You surgery sounds intriguing!

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Post by smp » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:44 pm

Hi Tailspin45, and welcome here to the Forum!

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Post by pakarinen » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:13 pm

Wow. I thought MD was a one-way street. Wonderful to hear your meds worked and welcome.
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Post by Richard » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:16 pm

Hi and welcome to TSS
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Post by Tailspin45 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:46 pm

Thank you all for the warm welcome.

Several people have sent PMs regarding macular degeneration but I'm still new enough here I can't reply directly. This is off the topic of astronomy, so I'll respond here in the backwaters of the forum with the hope that those who are interested will see my response sooner than later and we won't clutter up other topics.

The first indication I had an eye problem was when I noticed that Venetian blinds on windows appeared wiggly and the ocean's horizon was not a fine straight line but had bumps in it. My dark adaptation seemed to take longer, too, and I had trouble seeing at night.

Visit to my eye doctor revealed wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Cataract surgery was an easy, in and out, solution to the night vision problem.

Leaky blood vessels behind my retinas made them lumpy, hence the distorted vision. As recently as 15 years ago there was no treatment, "sucks to be you, you're going to go blind" was about all they could tell you.

But drugs (Lucentis and Avastin) controlled the leaks and a new drug (BeoVu) has dried up the fluid so my eyes are essentially, if not literally, back to normal.

The injections are painless but a little traumatic ("You're going to stick needles where!?"). A topical anesthetic daubed on your eye with a cotton swab (Q-tip) numbs the surface of your eye so an injection to numb your eyeball is painless. An injection of the medicine into the vitreous fluid inside your eye follows. It doesn't hurt and you can see the fluid flow up inside your eye. Up? Yup, remember your eye lens inverts what you're looking at and your brain turns it over.

Typically injections are required every 4-6 weeks, but BeoVu extends that to two, even three, month intervals. Frankly, the drive to/from and the waiting is more of an issue than the injections.

The moral of the story is early detection and annual check-ups will prevent permanent damage before it can occur, and new drugs can not only stop but reverse the process. AREDS II vitamins might help and can't hurt, but the single biggest step to can take to prevent the progression of AMD is to stop smoking if you do (especially true if you have dry macular degeneration).

If you do have dry AMD there's good news. To date, no treatment has been available to stop or remove the development of deposits called drusen which from and atrophy vision-associated nerves. But recent advances in stem-cell research suggest that injections of stem-cells or patches of stem cells can restore lost vision. Pilot trials of the patch started in 2017 and wrapped up last year, so Phase II trials will soon show if this new "miracle" will be available before long. For those afflicted with dry AMD. For more on the stem-cell patches go here.

You can check your vision with this chart. Look at the dot in the center with one eye at a time. If lines are wiggly or there are dark areas go see an eye doctor immediately.

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Post by Gordon » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:56 pm

Welcome to TSS!

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Post by Makuser » Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:01 pm

Hello again Tailspin. I am glad your eye procedures are working well. And, don't forget the eye drops. Here are the two that our eye doctors have recommended:
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We take these every morning and evening, and they really help. And especially now, with our oak tree spewing that yellow/green pollen. I spent almost an hour cleaning that stuff off of our car windows yesterday, and avoid the itchy/scratchy effects on our eyes. I hope this helps Tailspin, and the best of regards.
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Orion 180mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain on CG5-GT Goto mount.
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