Eye Update

Sorry to go on about this, but some of you wanted to know what happened.

I went to the optometrist here in town (two blocks away) and he was able to see MORE of the back of my eye through the stuff that’s in there. He has a very fancy camera to help with that particular part of an exam. The part of my retina he could see was fine. He gave me a great explanation of what might be ahead. He explained that even if there were a retinal tear in the bottom part of my eye, the part he couldn’t see, it would not be as dangerous as one in the upper part of the eye because gravity wouldn’t pull on it.

He also explained that the retina specialist will not be able to see through my eye, either, and might offer me a vitrectomy which would clear out the asteroid hyalosis in my eyeball so they could see all of the retina. He said if they don’t find anything it won’t be worth it. So, it’s a gamble. I told him I’d researched that and knew it was no picnic. He said, “No, it isn’t, and six months later you would need cataract surgery.” My research also told me that many people who have a vitrectomy lose their vision. If I am presented with that as an “option” I’ll probably turn it down. It’s risky, the rehab is very long, grueling and logistically challenging.

He did not think my eye situation is an emergency, but it’s possibly serious. He told me to call him day or night if anything changed with my eye and he would arrange a sooner appointment.

Then he said, “In the meantime, your vision is good; from what I can see your eyes are healthy, and I am cautiously confident it’s just part of aging, but you were absolutely right to check it out. Things can happen quickly and with no warning.”

So…really the ball is in my court, but at least there appears to be no imminent danger. They were able to see me right away which was wonderful, and I appreciate the fact that he was serious but not freakout serious.

I deeply appreciate all the moral support and good advice my community here has given me, truly more than I can say. I’m not whining about being alone at all, but sometimes it’s hard not to have a person around to talk to about things — on the other hand, having such a person can be worse. So much depends on who that person is! ❤ 😉

In other news, Teddy bullied me into taking him WITH Bear out to the Refuge this morning. I didn’t want to because there are still a lot of crane tourists (and there were). Teddy likes to chase cars and Bear likes to meet people so both of them can be a handful. We walked a walk that tourists usually drive right by. There were thousands of cranes in the air moving from the barley fields to their hang outs. I heard cranes purring, warbling and singing in the sky above when I went out my back door this morning. I took it as a sign. ❤

33 thoughts on “Eye Update

  1. Real-life experience comes in handy. I learned more from my optometrist (who is old and has done this for a long time) than from my ophthalmologist, who was a recent grad and knew what there is to learn in textbooks). I hope your optometrist is like mine and is right. Be seeing you.

  2. I’m glad you are keeping the appointment. I thought, at first, you were just blowing it off. The doc seems to have explained things a bit better to both ease your mind, but let you know the importance of seeing the specialist. Oh yeah–I can definitely picture little Teddy bullying you. 🙄 What a cutie he is.

    • Thanks Fred. I feel good now. I learned what I needed today. If there’s a choice up ahead, I know what it will be and what it involves. It’s been a stressful few days but all is well now. 🙂

  3. I’m glad it went this way, sounds like you had a much better exam experience and feel better about it now. Here’s to you

  4. This sounds like positive news, Martha. I am glad you had an understanding doctor who could help ease your fear. Your walk among the cranes sounds most uplifting. Good for you!

    • The lights are still there, but seldom. There’s no time consideration and no hurry for anything, so I’m very happy to be back at whatever this is that passes for normal. ❤ Play it by eye — that's good. My friend Lois' husband is blind and his physician's assistant asked him once if he were "hard of seeing." 😀

  5. I’m happy to read more about your experience! And I totally understand about the being alone part. I’m so glad we all have each other. Remember I can be to you in about 13 hours,plus a few Finn breaks. Aw, Teddy! I heard birds chirping this morning and I understand the signs. 💛♥️❤️🤗🐶

  6. He said you could call him day or night. He had me right there. That is so reassuring! I am glad you got a different/new perspective on what is going on. Knowing what the options are is so important. Rest easy! ❤️

    • I have been more relaxed since yesterday. I was very happy with everything that happened in the exam — the results, of course, which were mostly positive — but the sense that I had someone on my side. ❤

      • Yes! Someone on your side. That makes such a difference. It would for me as well. My favorite doctor – who I always felt that way about – recently retired (mostly forced by the hospital, but that’s another story). I feel a bit lost without her.

        • It’s awful when that happens. When I first moved here, I had the best doc of my life but her kids didn’t like living in a place like the San Luis Valley and persuaded her to move back to Denver. When you feel your doc is on your side, listens to you and will go to bat for you, it’s beyond reassuring. When we’re not OK even with people we love around, I think we feel isolated and scared.

          • A doc like that makes all the difference. To be listened to and respected. A doc who actually cares and shows it! Especially when you’re older and become close to invisible and less important to many in health care. When you lose that kind of doc, I think we feel isolated and scared too.

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