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Retinal tear

A couple of days ago I noticed bright flashes in my left peripheral vision. That lasted most of the latter half of the day. The next morning I didn't have the flashes but did have some extremely defined floaters, more distinct and non-fuzzy than usual. This worried me and I checked the web. I came upon retinal tears and detachments and the suggestion that I quickly contact my doctor. So yesterday I emailed my doctor and he referred me to the ophthalmology department and I went in today at 3:50, less than an hour later the ophthalmology doctor got an appointment for laser eye surgery, as soon as I could get to the laser surgery location. The eye exam was in Pleasanton, California but the laser doctor was in Walnut Creek. Oh what fun I had with my dilated eyes driving in commute traffic between 4:30 to 6 PM today. Yes, they told me to quickly go to this appointment because the other doctor was getting ready to leave. Oh what joy, worrying the whole way there that the doctor would be gone and I would have just wasted, hm, about an hour and a half and then would have another equivalent trip home. Fortunately the doctor was there.

So after another examination and that doctor pressing his finger into my eyes in a number of locations (oh, you know, that can be painful) and then sticking a needle in my left eye to anesthetize the eye (well, he did put a topical (that is what it is called right?) before sticking the needle in my eye. Meanwhile visions of "Un Chien Andalou" danced in my head. He proceed to use his laser to fix the small hole, yes a hole, not just a tear and well, not really fix exactly, more like use the laser to make scar tissue so the tear did not spread. Oh, before he started he said, by the way, this is very near a nerve in your eye and it is possible you will experience excruciating pain. if you do, he could give me another shot. Fortunately it wasn't excruciating, only a small amount of pain, well, occasionally a little more than small but not excruciating. The laser part only took about five minutes. I had to wait a few minutes for the darkness in my left eye to go away. With that really bright light my vision in the left eye saw almost total blackness for at least a minute or two or three. Fortunately a short time later I could see (well, a little blurry) and could drive myself home. Funny thing, a little while ago I read one web page that said that one should not drive home after the laser surgery. However I could actually see better than when I drove there with my eyes dilated on the way there.

The doctor said the redness in the left eye should go away in 10 to 14 days and by the way, no strenuous activity for 10 to 14 days. No weight lifting. No running on the treadmill. This sucks. I was actually up to about 105 or 106 minutes and 11+ miles on my treadmill. Something like 2300 to 2400 calories of exercise supposedly.

I'm supposed to go back in three weeks for a follow up exam.

I asked the doctor if there was something I might have done to cause the tear. No, just aging, he replied. Oh great. I just love this aging thing. Well, no, I don't.

Currently vision in my left eye is a little fuzzier than usual and there is some pain but not a lot. I think I'll take an advil or aleve or something like that.

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vgqn October 4th, 2013
Yikes!! But I'm glad you were able to get it take care of so quickly, despite the various impediments, hassle, pain, etc. Also that you made it home safely.

Age plus the genetic lottery = some fun, eh?

gerisullivan October 4th, 2013
Eek. I'm glad you made it safely both to the laser surgeon's office and then home, sweet home again. The entire experience sounds entirely too adventuresome.

Here's to a smooth recovery. The treadmill will be waiting for you when it's safe to get back on it. Wow, that's some stamina you've been building there.

replyhazy October 4th, 2013

I hope it is well and truly fixed and you have no more problems!

kate_schaefer October 4th, 2013
Ow ow ow. Have a straighforward recovery.

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