I have what is apparently the start of retinopathy.
I've had symptoms such as grey, stationary blobs showing up in my eyesight and staying. When the grey blobs appeared, it would be when I woke up, and I would see little tiny black dots swirling around and around inside the blobs. The black swirls would disappear after a day or two, but the grey blobs would remain. I've had this happen several times, but usually the area clears up in a day and I can still see fine through it. I've noticed that these spots--if and when they do occur--do so a few days before my period.
For what I call permanent spots, I have one small spot (2 months now) and one large spot (one month) in my right eye, and possibly one in my left--but it may have improved, I'm not quite certain yet.
I've been to a retinal specialist and the eye doctor several times. Both insist my eyes look great and that the only visible signs were a few tiny aneurysms, but they had no real explanation for the blobs. I figured they were blood spots that are taking ages to reabsorb. I have another optometrist appointment this weekend, to check out the bigger spot since it came recently.
Anyways! I have been looking into Pycnogenol and Benfotiamine. Anyone have experiences with these two? I'm already on the former, taking 50 mg a day (and I weigh approximately 160 lbs, or 72 kilos). I've had no side effects. I've been thinking of upping to 100 mg a day as the Pycnogenol website recommends 1 mg/kg of body weight, which would be 72 mg a day for me. Anyone my size that could comment on their dosage? I want to know whether taking about 28 mg extra a day would be a problem.
Thanks for help!