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    Six weeks ago I couldn't spell vitreous detachment, and now I gots one!

    This is about as aggravating as it gets. I went to my eye doctor and a retinal specialist, about 4-1/2 hours of flashing lights and Drs. looking at my eye, all to tell me there is basically nothing they or I can do. So for the next 3 months or so I am looking through haze, fog or wisps of smoke....but it could be worse!
    BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

    Exodus 29:18
    Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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    Does it get better over time?
    sigpicAKA oldandtreacherous
    "Good things come to those who wade." John 6:37

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    • #3
      Ouch!

      My dad detached his retina while in college many moons ago. It cost him the vision in the upper portion of his left eye, and further cost him a regular Army officer commission. It's plagued him for the rest of his life and drove him nuts because it affected his depth perception so badly.

      Prayers offered for your full recovery, Brother Bill. Hopefully it won't affect your casting too adversely in the time it takes to heal.
      If you have difficulty understanding the post above, read it out loud and it should make sense. This NGTO member is known for his poor hill-billy upbringing and his affinity for all things from Louisiana (particularly if it relates to LSU). It makes for a poor mix of accents and much difficulty in translation. He was doing well for so long, but now seems to have regressed.

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      • #4
        Terry, it will gradually clear over the next 3-6 months, according to the retina spec. There is no tear at this time, just a blood vessel in the retina that is being pulled by the vitreous. So, no heavy lifting or anything that could jar the eye. Driving, light work, all on the OK list.

        Dr said I have a 10% chance of a retinal tear in the next week, after that it drops to 1%.
        BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

        Exodus 29:18
        Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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        • #5
          Praying for you brother!
          sigpicAKA oldandtreacherous
          "Good things come to those who wade." John 6:37

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          • #6
            Been there, done that, got the t shirt. Welcome to aging...

            You'll be fine.
            "What's his offense?"
            "Groping for trouts in a peculiar river."
            ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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            • #7
              Sending healing thoughts your way. I hope your recovery goes well and is uneventful.


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              • #8
                Prayers sent my friend!!
                "Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger." - Herbert Hoover

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                • #9
                  ...sounds like my cataract experience...will be praying for you Bill...


                  Blessings!

                  Jimmy

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                  • #10
                    Sending all the good healing vibes your way


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                    • #11
                      Welcome to geezerdom aye! I have this also, it can cause the retina to detach which means blindness if not repaired fairly quick.
                      My 1st indication was a flash of light while in the dark in the right corner of my right eye.
                      I first thought I was seeing lighting in the distance. After understanding it was in my eye I called an eye doc and was told rush in and get it checked it can be an indication of the beginning of a detached retina!
                      After seeing a Retina specialist it was determined my Retina was fine, this has been maybe 5 years ago at least, time is on a run away train it seems.
                      I also was told it would probably resolve on it's own or maybe not. Well I still have the flashing light in that eye hmm.
                      I was told to watch for any increase in floaters or loss of peripheral vision and to come in immediately if this happens. Good luck with yours FP!
                      " Is it ignorance or is it apathy?
                      Hey man I don't know and I don't care" Jimmy Buffet

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                      • #12
                        vitreous detachment

                        The guideline for retinal detachment is if you see lighting bolts vs. simple flashes off to the sides. If you see lighting then get to the eye doc - now.


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                        • #13
                          What the Doc Said

                          Be sure you follow the doc's orders to the letter and do not hesitate to call with any question you have or unexpected events. The part about avoiding strain is especially critical. A lot of eye tissue is very soft and very wet and tears easily without a constant eye fluid (vitreous humor) pressure.

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                          • #14
                            preacher,
                            I'm not sure where you live. I know some of the best retina surgeons in the southeast if you ever need a second opinion or want to try a different doc.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes, folks!
                              I am on my way to full recovery, being covered in prayer and the love of all around me. I am seeing (according to my regular eye Dr) one of the best retina specialists in the state, Dr. Iyer. I saw him for over an hour yesterday, and will be back before him Thursday.
                              I am on light duty at work, so no lifting in my future for at least a week.
                              wtb, the increase in floaters and their size and darkness was the first symptom. My peripheral so far is good, actually clearer than directly in front of me. No flashing lights, strobes, fireworks, or lightening bolts.
                              eyeflyfish, all my Drs are in Athens. So far, no problems.

                              The older I get, the more specialists I help support.
                              BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

                              Exodus 29:18
                              Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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