Monday, April 21, 2008


EDM 167 - Something that needs fixing

You just never know.  Yesterday I was outside with my muddy garden shoes and my shovel attacking the front yard weeds, pulling a juniper that didn't survive the winter, when my left eye went fuzzy.  I can only compare it to my windshield in winter after following a truck on a slushy highway.  So I called my eye doctor back, went in, and was not too shocked to learn I have another detached retina.  I'm scheduled for surgery this afternoon, and I expect it will be fine.   

It might be worth your time to know what the signs of a detached retina are.  You don't have to be in an accident for it to happen.  The first time it happened to me I was sitting in the kitchen eating soup.  This time I was gardening.

Signs to watch out for:

Flashes of light.  You can get little personal fireworks, electrical flashes in your field of vision.  It doesn't matter if your eyes are open or closed, if it is dark or light.

An increase in floaters or tiny specks in your field of vision.  I've always had floaters, but the past couple days new ones appeared, and there are thousands of tiny black dots, the sort of thing you might see right before you faint.

A dark curtain across your field of vision.  Sometimes it is described as a veil.  I've never seen that, but that's what people always say to watch for.

Nearsighted people and people who have head accidents or other eye surgery seem to be at more risk than other people.  According to what I have read, detached retina is most common in people over fifty.

Anyway, it's good to know these signs.  If you have anything like this, call your eye doctor ASAP.


juj said...

Scary!! Thanks for posting the signs - if I hadn't read those I wouldn't a clue what was happening and it would scare the pants off me. I'm glad to hear it seems it will be ok. Good luck with your surgery, and keep us posted of course.

As for this drawing - LOVELY! The reflection is amazing.

Teri C said...

Oh my goodness, I hope everything turns out okay. How onderful of you to make a note of the signs and symptoms.

I can relate somewhat as I have retinal scarring my left eye from floaters. Most times I have to close that eye when sketching.

Hugs and prayers for a quick recovery.

jlshall said...

Hope all goes well with your surgery, and that you're back to your gardening and reading and blogging and drawing soon. I really enjoy your art work and your blog, and look forward to each new post.

Musings said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. Thank you for the good information about retinal tearing.