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Eye flashes: in my case, nothing to worry about

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I had a little scare Tuesday afternoon--had to leave work around 2:30 to see my eye doctor about eye flashes (like miniature lightning bolts) that I started seeing around the edges of my vision, mostly in my left (more myopic but dominant) eye. I'm thankful that my doctor took lots of time to do a very thorough checkup on my retinas (& then charged me just $25). He said that such flashes do need to be checked out but in this case do not indicate retinal detachment. If they had, he said, I would also have had a massive floater in that eye.

Despite the dilation of my pupils, I was able to attend my poetry workshop that night. And since then I have had almost no flashes.

The other good news is that my diligence with PT exercises is paying off! This morning my therapist said that I'm making excellent progress; she gave me two new exercises & says I can discontinue all but two of the earlier ones. I'll continue a couple of special stretches after the strengthening exercises, though, to help my muscles cool down--& because they feel really good.

Soon I'll be back to regular strength training!
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    Ruth, you self-discipline and attention to detail impress me and inspire me to keep trying to get better at those things myself. I cannot believe that already, you are making huge gains in that arm with PT! Congrats!

    Also, I am so relieved to hear that those flashes were nothing to be worried about. Did the doctor say what caused them?

    Hope you are having a WONDERFUL weekend!
    3117 days ago
    Wow. Things like that can really be scarey. What a relief to get checked out (and budget friendlier than you probably expected - how often does THAT happen...) and find out you are ok.

    So, two good news - what an amazing day. Hallelujah! Your determination is working - keep it up! Hope you get out to enjoy the amazing weather!
    3118 days ago
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