Well, I was offline today and will be tomorrow it seems: I've gone and gotten a rip in my retina that the eye doctor says I have to get fixed pronto before it gets worse (retina not detached yet, but it wants to be...). By the time we got that figured out, it was too late to get in at the hospital today with a retinal specialist who can work with someone like me (I am sooooo nearsighted)... but I've got an appt. tomorrow with a retinal surgery guy who looks fabulous. It will be good to meet him for this basic intervention in case, heaven forbid, I need something more dramatic in the future. So, I'm not exactly stressed because I knew this was bound to happen sooner or later (ever since I was a little kid, the eye doctors have told me the warning signs of retinal tears because it is so common with extreme nearsighetdness)... but at the same time: blech! Not what I expected/wanted when I got out of bed on this fine summer morning. And the sacred spreadsheet will not be happy, ha ha. I'll have to get a note from my doctor to excuse my absence!!! Anyway, fingers crossed - I'm guessing that they will zap me with a laser or freeze with me a freezer thing and all will be well. I should have an update tomorrow evening!
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- I think macular degeneration is still a tough one to treat -- at least one type (there are two). My father-in-law lost his sight to it a few years ago. I'm hoping for advances in treatment in case it happens to my husband!
You must be feeling better -- can't stay away from G+! : )Jul 17, 2014
- Yes, exactly - I'm not sure what kind my grandmother had, or even how much they understood about the disease 60 years ago to even make those differential diagnoses. I am sorry to hear about that about your father-in-law! My grandmother was blind all the time that I knew her, and it completely changed her life as she had been a successful businesswoman (quite a pioneer for that time). After she lost her sight she became very active in charity work and social services for the blind, but she had to sell her business as there was just not the kind of adaptive technology that could have helped her to carry on.Jul 17, 2014
- Wow, I'm so glad you caught it in this stage and didn't have a detachment... those sound like they are a lot harder to fix.
My takeaway is that I'm not going to blow off routine eye exams again, and I'm not going to blow off dilation. My optometrist has the machine that takes photos, but also likes to do a manual exam with dilation, because he says he can see more parts of the retina that way. Dilation often gives me migraines so I'd been doing it every other year, but I think I just need to suck up any migraines.Jul 18, 2014
- I know what you mean about the dilation,... for me, the problem is that it lasts a long time even when they use the drops that don't last as long (they say). And my optometrist says the same thing: what he can see manually is better than the photo, but the photo lets him take in the whole eye at a glance. At the hospital, they did the photos but then spent FOREVER doing a manual exam, different from the usual thing, where they squished my eyeballs around to really expose the very edges (I guess?) of the surface. I still feel funny from that; it's a weird sensation. I'm glad that is not required every year!!! :-)Jul 18, 2014
- I had a spot on my last routine exam, so my optometrist did a squidgy thing where he pressed a loupe with a contact on it right up against my eyeball and squished my eyeball around a bit, which was pretty horrible and took a while. Luckily they didn't need to do that to detect the tear, I think because it wasn't right up against the edge. I'm glad the loupe thing isn't required every year, too! Dilation is seeming pretty small potatoes compared to all of that, even though dilation seems to last forever for me, too.
It's kind of a relief that lifestyle changes aren't in order, too, other than being more responsible about yearly exams. About the only thing I can tell that makes it worse is blows to the head, which I try to avoid anyhow.Jul 18, 2014
- Yep, that's it - the whole side of my eye socket still hurts from all the squishing yesterday because he had to squish me for the confirming exam and then he had to squish me the whole time he was doing the laser. I admire the guy: I would find it really hard to have a job where I was causing people discomfort, even though it is for their own good! I mean, my students might not always be having fun in my class, but at least I don't have to squish their eyeballs.
And those blows to the head: so true, ha ha. When I say I am banging my head against the wall at work, it's metaphorical...!!!Jul 18, 2014