Today's doctor visit was very stressful. I am in danger of losing my vision. I was very frightened.The macula is pulling the retina from the back of my eye. The last time I saw the retina doctor, he gave me an Amsler grid to test my eye EVERYDAY. Think graph paper. I cover my right eye and see if all the lines are straight. Well, no, not straight. There were bulges in the grid. So, terrified of losing sight in my eye, I dreaded this visit. Well, what I dreaded was the operation to save my eyesight.
He took pictures of the backs of my eyes and said nothing has changed with the macula of my left eye. And, that I did exactly as I should have done by coming in to see him. The people at the Callahan Eye Hospital were very nice today. My visit to the ER was not pleasant at all.
Of course, every time I go to a doctor about eyes, they must do all sorts of procedures. Tommy was sitting closer to the screen than I. I could read everything down to 20. He said he could not read the last couple of lines. He was amazed I could read all the smaller letters/lines. I was so upset that I had him go in with me to the visit.
Callahan has an all-night ER for eyes. I have gone there twice after midnight, once at 3 am. I was seeing flashes in my eyes. It is a bizarre thing to happen, but not waiting until morning is imperative if you want to save your vision. I felt silly at first and called before a 6o mile trip in the middle of the night. They pressed me to come if I were seeing flashes.
I asked the doctor, "You mean you can operate on the inside of my eye and everything not run out and make me blind?" He or the nurse explained that he would poke three holes in my eyes and drain my eye and put saline in the eyeball and it would stay there instead of the eye liquid. Hmmm.
We had to go up to the seventh floor to get into his office with someone getting me in a wheelchair. Well, no, obviously not. When we got to the 7th floor, I called as directed and we were supposed to be on second floor. Actually, we were told we could go to one of four floors to gain access in a wheelchair. So, back down to the second floor.
The wheelchair was so tiny! I am quite sure I will have bruises where I forced my hips into it. And, I probably will have bruised on thighs, too. The only I could get out was to grab a doorknob or railing and pull while the person pushing me pulled back on the wheelchair!
When we entered the parking deck, Tommy took a ticket. Upstairs, he asked about the cost. Well, they would scan the ticket. If the ticket was not scanned, the price was $20 for parking. He left it in the car. Sooo, he went back down and brought it up to be scanned. It only cost $3 for parking.
So, I am in no danger of going blind right away. I just need to check every day! But, since I can type pretty well by touch, that is the only way I am getting to type since I can barely see due to having my eyes dilated!
Have you ever had problems with your macula? I have for over 20 years, but there is nothing to do but watch and wait until it gets dangerous. Well, mine is dangerous, but not dangerous enough to have risky surgery--his take on operating.
Macula or vision problems? What kind?
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