Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    DALID414   157,568
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints

Bad News, Worse News

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The bad news is, there's no good news.

I thought I would have a quirky blog today, filled with pictures of me in various eye glass frames.

My optometry appointment did not go as planned.

The plan was to get through the tests and exams, get a new prescription, and a new cute pair of frames.

I arrived 10 minutes early so I walked over to the wall of eye glass frames.

I like looking at all of them first, then going back to try on the ones that stand out on the second walk through.

I didn't get to my second walk through, I got called in...

Usual tests/exams: cover test, glaucoma test, auto refractors, visual field test, refraction test, slit lamp exam, and pupil dilation.

I went in worried the vision in my right eye was worsening, but I realized something was wrong with my left eye during the visual field test.

For anyone unfamiliar with it, it's a machine with a chin rest inside a large dome, you stare at a small orange light straight ahead and random tiny white lights of different intensities are flashed around the orange light. You hit a clicker every time you see one of the tiny white lights.

The right eye went fine.

During the left eye, I noticed a pause in the tiny white lights appearing.

I panicked a bit because I was positive I didn't see any lights.

A few more lights appeared, then the test was over.

The refraction test confirmed my worry.

This is the test we are used to seeing on TV with the doctor asking which lens looks better:

The right eye went well.

The left eye, even with all the adjusting, still saw the letters blurry and out of focus.

On to the slit lamp exam:

She spent a bit longer on my left eye.

She dilated my left eye, then back to the slit lamp ...

The worse news is...

I have a scar ... and I'm blind where the scar is, which is making my right eye work some over time.

So if we ever have the pleasure of meeting in person and I look at you funny, at least you'll know why.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUSIQZER 4/27/2013 8:13PM

    Oh no, Dee! Do they know how that happened?


Report Inappropriate Comment
JENSAWIP 4/27/2013 6:28PM

    No good! Do you know how you got the scar? Anything they can do with laser surgery? I have always had vision problems, so I can relate to your upset, but you will work through this. You're a strong woman.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJSQUISHIE 4/26/2013 2:13PM

    Sorry to hear this Dee! I'm sure everything will be ok, and you'll be able to get some cute new glasses. At least you're still able to see everything else!


Report Inappropriate Comment
FITMOMINNJ 4/26/2013 12:25PM

    So sorry to hear this :(( emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOPINTOS 4/26/2013 8:18AM

    You are such a strong lady, I know this is just a bump in the road. When I was 16, I had horrid vision in one eye. The other was doing the work for both also. I wonder too if there are any options. Thank you for sharing your story, I can feel my vision getting worse, especially night driving and I really need to go get it checked. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPUNKYDUCKY 4/26/2013 12:36AM

    Agree I hope there is something that can be done to help improve your vision!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MICKEYH 4/23/2013 11:36PM

    Sorry to hear that kind of news. I feel your worry. I do have problem for my eye too. I do know I need to go to see eye doctor. But putting on hold as I am unemployed. :(
Did eye Dr. Tell you how to fix your problem? Let me know, when you got good news about it.
Take care. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLITZEN40 4/23/2013 11:36PM

    I feel your pain. My youngest son has severe amblyopia which means one of his eyes has been doing most of the work most of his life, causing the other eye to progressively lose vision. It kills me to stand by feeling helpless to fix it but Lasik surgery is the only thing I've found that would be a permanent solution (if he has the kind of eye problem they can fix) but they won't even look at kids under 18. Not sure, but maybe you have a diagnosis Lasik fixes? Anyway, it might be worth looking into. Hang in there! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARRENLYNN 4/23/2013 11:26PM

    I'm sorry you didn't have a great eye exam result. At least you are still able to see. Can you still get lenses to correct the problem as much as possible?


Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEQ911 4/23/2013 6:35PM

    Sorry to hear that Dee. Hugs to you emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIDOSHA 4/23/2013 4:53PM

    I had the problem with the visual field test too. I understand it's a test for defining the so called 'blind spot'. I did the test on some kind of computer and the results showed on some prints. I was afraid to question the doctor for details but I know my sight is worsening since I've done the test a number of times and during the last few I don't see so many lights as I did several years ago. Thanks for sharing and pray you're results don't point to anything serious. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILOVEMALI 4/23/2013 12:14PM

    I'm sorry that you got this news. You can look at me funny any time.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEMEQ2 4/23/2013 11:54AM

    Sorry to hear your news. I hope they come up with something to help you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLESSED2BEME 4/23/2013 10:16AM

    Bummer! Is this forever or do you have options for intervention?

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANNAW4 4/23/2013 9:58AM

    Sorry to hear this! I'm hopeful there are some options to help you!


Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 4/23/2013 9:35AM

    I'm so sorry. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOVESEYES 4/23/2013 9:22AM

    It is bad news, do they have any options to help you?

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by DALID414