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Crystal Ball - Ron
Posted on Monday 28 July 2008 at 7:01 pm

Not exactly what I wanted to hear

I went to the eye doctor and got my eyes dilated today. I hate that because it means I can't read for several hours. It was a bit worse than normal today because he gave me some moderately bad news. After the exam, he said that my left retina is noticeably thinning. This is apparently rather common for people with vision like mine (read: VERY BAD!) and isn't a problem on its own. It does, however, significantly increase the chances of a retinal tear or retinal detachment which can cause lose of vision. So he told me a few symptoms to watch for (mostly a shadow across my vision or lots of sudden floaters and bright lights rather than the few everyone gets if they stand up too fast or whatever) and said if any of that starts happening, get into a doctor right away if I don't want to go blind. I'm not exactly worried about this because, from what I've been reading, around 8 to 16 percent of the population has thinning retinas and only 1 in 100,000 have retinal tears or detachment so odds are still good that I won't have any further problems, but having the doctor say "You're at point A on this particular path and you might not get there but point C is blindness." isn't really all the comforting.
A little concerned
Feeling: A little concerned
Exploring: Bed with sungalsses on so I can sort of see
Listening: Whatever Pandora is throwing my way


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 11:38 pm on 28 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Rachael, that's not fun news at all. I completely sympathize with you. I felt totally the same way last week after I got out of the dentist's office and they told me I have gingivitis and significant tooth decay in only a year, and it was just so disheartening even though it's totally treatable. It's good to find information out there to know others have the same problem and are okay! I hope your eyes hang in there, I sympathize with that, too, because I'm pretty blind myself!
bratty_jedi at 9:18 pm on 29 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't it suck when you think things are fine and then get a bomb dropped on you? My wasn't that bad since it was mostly a warning of what could happen not a diagnosis of what is happening, but it still isn't what I would call good news.
lady_bracknell at 9:55 am on 29 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm really sorry. Hopefully it won't ever come to that.

My optician told me the same thing (because I have floaters), and assured me I'd probably be fine, just to not dawdle if I ever get the flashes and to go straight to the eye hopsital.

bratty_jedi at 9:17 pm on 29 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Since it sounded like the thinning retina thing worked out to 1 in 10 or so, I figured at least one person on the flist would have heard the same thing. 1 in 10 is a pretty big leap from 1 in 100,000 so I'm not too worried. It wasn't the best news of all time and certainly not comforting, but not something that is sending me into panic mode either.
train_lindz at 1:03 pm on 29 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, thats terrible.


Most of us with horrible vision have heard something similar at some point in time and as you said, statistics are in your favour. Hopefully things will work out in the years to come :)

*hugs again*
bratty_jedi at 9:15 pm on 29 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not all the worried about it. I figure, at least I know what to watch for to catch a tear early if one does happen and that is still a pretty big if. My mother is freaking out a bit more.
littlepixiechic at 11:24 pm on 29 July 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Well that's all comforting. Seems like you'll be fine, though, and at least you know what the warning signs are!

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