10 January 2022

Eye update

This has not been a pleasant day.

I got back from the ophthalmologist a few hours ago.  The root of my problem turned out to be a small torn place in the right retina.  This presents a serious risk of retinal detachment (which would mean blindness in that eye), so the doctor recommended immediate treatment to repair the tear.  Preparation for this included an injection of anesthetic directly into the eyeball, which was about as disagreeable as it sounds.  The first treatment did not work, so he switched to another method.  It was rather painful despite the anesthetic.  However, it did succeed in repairing the tear.  My eye is still sore and irritated.  Going back on Friday for follow-up.  The visual blurring is slowly clearing up.


Blogger Ami said...

I'm sorry, that's awful. I have a friend who went through a series of injections (five, I think, over the course of a month and a half) for a similar issue. I hope you will recover without complication and NEVER have to go through anything like that again.

10 January, 2022 19:16  
Blogger Lady M said...

Yikes - wishing you a speedy recovery. A shot in the eye sounds dreadful.

10 January, 2022 19:30  
Blogger Bruce Gerencser said...

Ugh. 😢😢 I hope your eye heals nicely. I winced just thinking about getting an injection in my eye.

With gastroparesis, I have vision problems. Some days,this scares the shit out of me as I have a hard time focusing (my eyes have gone from nearsighted to farsighted in a year). The very threat of losing your eyesight is a big deal.

Much love ❤️ to you, my friend,


10 January, 2022 20:09  
Blogger Victor said...

Oh my gosh!
Sorry about the pain.
And the blindness scare!
Get well soon, Infidel!!!!

10 January, 2022 20:15  
Blogger Mike said...

I thought you couldn't feel shots in the eye. My wife's aunts and uncle all have eye problems and they are getting eye shots constantly. Bummer to hear that it hurt.

10 January, 2022 20:22  
Blogger Kay said...

I watched my mom getting injected right into her eye and it was quite unpleasant so I’m really feeling for you. However, I’m so relieved that your eyesight could be saved. Thank goodness!

10 January, 2022 20:53  
Blogger Mary said...

Good luck. I’m sure you will be fine. Anything is worth saving your eyesight

11 January, 2022 04:56  
Blogger bluzdude said...

That's too bad, and it sounds unnecessarily painful. I had a retinal tear repaired via laser two years ago and it was a piece of cake. They put in some numbing drops so there was no injection (which I agree... Gah!). It was almost casual, like, "Hey look, you have a partial retinal tear, let me fix that..."

I at least hope it all worked. It would be very difficult to do what we do without our sight. Heal up soon!

11 January, 2022 05:16  
Blogger W. Hackwhacker said...

Ugh. At least they appear to have taken care of the retinal tear. We hope you mend quickly and that the bad news is behind you. Best wishes, as always.

11 January, 2022 06:22  
Blogger JustGail said...

Ouch! I'm cringing reading about it. Shots in the eye?!? Ugh! Besides the pain, how the heck do you keep from seeing things come toward your eye and not instinctively cringe/blink/jerk/swat it away??????? I hope the healing goes well for you.

11 January, 2022 08:35  
Blogger SickoRicko said...

I can only repeat what everyone else has said. Get well soon.

11 January, 2022 09:32  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

omg..that sounds terrible, but glad that the problem is fixed. hope it stays that way..

11 January, 2022 10:47  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thank you all for the good wishes, I truly appreciate it.

Just to clarify, with eye injections, they do it as far from the cornea as possible. In my case, it was the right eye, so they had me look as far to the left as possible and did the shot right at the outer corner of the eye.

The first treatment the doctor tried was a laser. It didn't work because the gelatinous stuff inside my eye is too murky for it to focus properly (hence the blurred vision). Then he switched to something called "cryopexy" which uses freezing and requires the tool to be in contact with the eye for minutes at a time, also the eyelid has to be held back hard. That's what really hurt.

The pain and irritation are slowly subsiding and the blurring is slowly improving. It's going to be a slog, though.

Thanks again.

11 January, 2022 11:17  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

I hope you continue to do well on your path to recovery. Sorry you had to go through this.

11 January, 2022 13:03  
Anonymous Johnny Profane said...

I am so=y you are going thru this. Very pleased to hear it 8s fixed!

11 January, 2022 16:18  
Blogger NickM said...

Best of luck Infidel. My mum (in the UK) recently had cataract surgery and is recovering very well.

12 January, 2022 07:29  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Again, thank you everyone for the kind words. Things are improving, though terribly slowly. Back to the doctor tomorrow for a check-up.

13 January, 2022 02:55  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Best wishes for your recovery!

13 January, 2022 12:22  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I'm glad he was able to repair it and it's healing.

13 January, 2022 13:23  
Blogger CAS said...

Sounds both scary and painful. I hope all goes well at your follow-up appointment today.

14 January, 2022 09:38  

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