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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

On Eyes and Traumas

What a funny old week we have had yet again.  Last Friday, the 16th, was our wedding anniversary; 44 years of wedded bliss (well, sort of anyway!) We went to a local hostelry for our tea and a celebratory drink only to be interrupted several times by the ring of OH's mobile phone as he was covering for the manager who is on holiday.  Whatever did we all do before we had mobile phones? Relax obviously..lol....

For months now our computer chair has been playing up. I sit to type a blog post or to read my emails and the chair gently lowers itself until my chin is touching the desk.  I pump it up only for it to happen again ...and again... so in exasperation I went to Staples and chose a new chair, half price in the sale! Lovely!  Until we tried to assemble it and found something missing.... only the blooming castors GGRRR!  They handed us as set of castors while remarking "oh yes, that's the second one we know about". Fair enough but it's taken an extra journey and more fuel to return to the store. Whatever happened to quality control?

I have also had quite a worrying few days.  On Sunday, I noticed that there was something wrong with my left eye.  I was seeing 'flashes' and 'floaters' you know the kind of thing that is like a ghostly shadowy dot moving slowly around as you move your eye, but bearing no similarity to the direction your eye is moving in. Weird but very unsettling. I have had floaters before and they either disappear or the brain shuts them out (I don't know which) but these were new and I've not had flashes since my migraines ceased.  On Monday, I rang the optician and booked an appointment for today as they had nothing available until then.  A phone call to the GP received the same response, no appointment available, see your optician, so I waited.....

At my appointment today the Opthamologist put drops in my eye to dilate the pupil and had a good look around the back of the eye with a very bright light.  I am very squeamish regarding eyes, but she was very good, very kind and very thorough.  She took lots of retinal photos and assured me that she can see no signs of retinal tears or detachment at which I heaved a great sigh of relief.  To say I was petrified that I might need treatment would be an understatement.  At the moment, my left pupil is still enormous compared to the right one so I look a bit freakish but, I am assured, it will be back to normal by tomorrow.  I have to go back again on Sunday for a sight test and she will check my eye again.  God Bless good Opthamologists.

Does anyone else suffer with 'floaters'?  How do you cope with them?

Sorry about the lack of photos but I have been too worried to take any :(

Take care all of you and thanks everso for popping in x

12 comments:

  1. Yes, I sometimes have floaters but not so frequently as I used to. However, I do put eyedrops for prevention of glaucoma 4 times a day so that might have something to do with it. I think a lot of people do get them but they are usually harmless.

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  2. Glad to hear your eye's are OK, it's a fear to think our sight might let us down.
    As for mobile phones I get so mad, you see people sitting together, each on their phone, hardly any interaction, when we are together I make our girls pack their phones away.

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    1. My son in law once ate a whole meal that I had cooked, with his work phone clamped to his ear the whole time, very rude I thought. DD was incensed but he didn't stop. What a bad example to the GC.

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  3. I have tons of floaters...more I think, since cataract surgery. All I can do is try to ignore them...
    I have had that bright light, too and retinas checked. It happens at times in reaction to very bright light...good luck. I am not good with people messing about with my eyes, either....

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    1. Thank you, Lynda, I do hope they soon settle.

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  4. There is always something to worry us isn't there.
    Congratulations on 44 years, if like me you deserve a medal :-)
    Take care lol x

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    1. Thank you, Marlene, I often feel that a medal would be great! x

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  5. I'm sorry you had such a scare with your eye. It sounds as if all is well though, and I'm glad you had such a nice doctor. I'm squeamish about eyes, as is my oldest son who is a doctor. He once told me that when he was a resident and doing shifts in emergency he could handle anything except an eye injury.

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    1. I can understand his reluctance, kristie :( My eye stills feels weird and blurry but I go back on Sunday for a sight test. I just hope new specs will help.

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  6. I have had that bright flashes of light thing. It scared me so much that I went to the Emergency Room as I thought I had a retinal tear. I didn't but was sent to the ophthalmologist and he said as we age the gel inside the eye shrinks. If it catches in just the right place it can cause flashes of light. It can also cause a tear in the retina. He advised me to lie down for a couple of days to see if the place where the gel was lacking would move. It did and I don't have the light flashes any more. I do have floaters now though. Some days are better than others in terms of how much they bother me. Time makes it better. The eye doctor did say to seek treatment quickly if I have flashes of light again.

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    1. Oh Candace, it's very frightening, isn't it. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am so glad you are ok too.

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