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Getting older is a PITA - but it's better than the alternative

Discussion in 'Kenbo's Chat Room' started by kweinert, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. kweinert

    kweinert Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    So, Wednesday afternoon I started seeing these odd flashes of light in my peripheral vision. I thought I was seeing reflections from somewhere so I kind of ignored it.

    Then I noticed it was always in one eye. And there were a few more 'floaters' than I normally have. I've had some pretty consistent floaters all my life but they aren't always noticeable. These were.

    After my wife got home from work, we were talking and I happened to mention them to her. She immediately got on the phone to the eye doc and got in me. I was there about 15 minutes before they closed.

    Turned out she was worried about a retinal tear. Luckily that was not the case.

    I have what's officially known as Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Evidently it happens to a lot of folks when they get older (so I'm not sure why I have the problem :)

    The vitreous fluid (jelly) in your eye starts to shrink a bit and detach from the retina/back of your eye. For most folks it's just an annoyance but it can lead to some severe issues that could entail surgery to fix.

    We caught mine very early. In spite of dilating my eyes until I could see in complete darkness and then taking pictures, the doc couldn't even see that it was happening yet. He said it could take 4 to 6 weeks to resolve but I also read online that it could be up to a year.

    And that if it happens in one eye it'll probably happen in the other within about a year.

    I have a followup appointment tomorrow but so far things are going pretty good. I rarely see the flashes now but I definitely have more (and more prominent) floaters. Those are a PITA since they're always moving around.

    At any rate, this is just me telling you folks that are in the target range that if you start seeing flashes of light or more floaters that you should have it taken a look at as soon as you can. It really could affect the rest of your life if you're not as lucky as I have been so far.
     
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    I too have had floaters most of my life and yes they are a PIA. Hope all turns out well and glad they caught it early.
     
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    I had cataract surgery at age 45 in both eyes. My vision was 20/400, and the limit for legally blind is 20/200.
    The Dr. asked me how I drove at night. I told him I opened the door & felt the lines in the road.
    Which wasn't too far from the truth. I had the surgery done in one eye, then 6 weeks later, the other eye.

    The difference was night & day. If you held a piece of wax paper in front of your face and looked thru it, that's what I saw everyday.
    I am so grateful to have my vision back. I also take every precaution every chance I get to make sure I keep it.
    I even wear goggles when I cut the grass. Hey, you can't be too careful.

    Ken, I'm glad you got it checked out when you did. Your vision is very important.

    :scare3:
     
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    Floaters...sure. What's bad is when you start swattin' at em. :unknown:
     
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    Been there done that.
     
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    Sure that wasn't pink elephants you were swatting at?
     
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    Yep... damn thing looks just like a gnat right in front of your eye, on occasion!
     
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    Since the floaters are darker, I keep seeing things out of the corner of my eye and looking to see what the dog is up to now.
     
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    And the fun just keeps getting more funner.

    I’m off to see the ophthalmologist for a potential retinal tear or detachment.

    This all started as a normal vitreous detachment but I had some additional symptoms last night, went to the ER, and am off to the eye guy this afternoon.

    Right now I’m seeing large floaters in my right eye and a lot of little dots.

    For the little dots, think of going camping, looking up into the clear sky, and seeing thousands of stars. Reverse the colors and that’s what it looks like. Or, perhaps, if you were looking at a fire burning and able to see all the individual smoke particles.

    They said that after they do all the testing they’re going to do with the ophthalmologist it’s likely that they’re going to send me over to see the retina person right after.

    My wife will be home at 1 so we can head off to the 2PM appointment. Since, at a minimum, they’ll be dilating both eyes I’m going to need a chauffeur. I also know, from recent experience, that I’m going to have a hell of a headache from staring into extremely bright lights.
     
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    Wow. That just sucks to read. Sorry you're going through this Ken.
    I got dialated last year for my eye exam. Man that sucked. Michele brought me out to dinner after and I couldn't even read the menu!
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Hell I have that problem all the time. Boys were laughing at me today using flashlight on my cell phone to read the menu.
     
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    You're better off using the camera and zooming in on the menu....
    :sarcastic:
     
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    So, back from the doctor.

    They couldn't find a tear but it's likely that there was a small capillary tear as all those dots are blood.

    I've a follow up in a couple weeks but as long as I don't have more side effects we're just going to cruise along.

    It's really weird to have your eyeball numb so they cam push it around to look inside.

    And yes, I have the expected headache. I really hate staring into bright lights.
     
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    Didn't need to zoom, just couldn't see in the half lit restaurant. People don't always consider simple things like seeing the menu, when trying to find that perfect ambience with lighting. Nor do they consider ambience lighting when they design their menus, using less than high contrast colors. Flipped the flashlight on, and I could read it fine!
     
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    The last time I used my flashlight to see whats on the menu, I almost got escorted out.
    Apparently the "local talent" frowned on that....
    :sarcastic:
     
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