The vision in my left eye has been blurry the past 3 or 4 days, blurry around the outside with a clear focal point towards the middle - strange.
Being diabetic I thought it's best to go see my optometrist, I have never had vision issues in the past, infact, I've had perfect vision only needing readers (because of age - *sigh*)
I didn't have an appointment but told them Im diabetic and one eye is blurry so I was rushed in. After a thorough examination, I was told I have a detached retina - WHAT??? They made me an emergency appointment at the hospital in urgent care, now I'm nervous and scared.
After another examination, they determined that my retina was not totally detached but was detached in places and jelly was leaking out....JELLY?
So, I have eye surgury scheduled for the end of February on my left eye and in the meantime they said my right eye is at risk as well, to many blood vessels, all of this is caused from diabetes. They explained that eyes react to diabetes in strange ways, showed me a diagram, explained the details and it's all so scary.
The right eye, the one at risk has to have 3 laser prodedures to burn out the extra blood vessels - BURN? My insides feel sick, I felt like I was going to pass out, I hate people poking at my eyes.
A few drops freeze the eyeball, chin here, forehead here and then she said I would feel something on my cold on my cheek.
"what if i blink in the middle of a laser?"
"what if I move my head?"
"what if I pass out?"
Seriously, I asked these questions in my state of panic.
I was told I can't blink as there was a piece of glass on my eyeball already,
REALLY? I couldn't feel it, but I couldn't blink, so it was there.
It won't hurt she reassured me in the most calming of voices, she was a 4th year resident and super sweet.
The procedure took all of 5 minutes, it didn't hurt although the flashing laser was irritating, similiar to the feeling you get if you looked into the sun on a bright day.
All done, I breathed a sigh of relief and I was fine to drive home.
Now, 2 more lasers on that eye and the big procedure on the left eye at the end of February....I have butterflies in my stomach, I;m nervous and scared.
Vision is so important, this was a wake up call as to just really how important it is and how I have to take better care of myself. I'm so lucky all of this was caught early.... whew!