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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.

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

    1854 days ago
    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.
    1854 days ago
    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!

    1856 days ago
    So sorry to hear this :(( emoticon
    1856 days ago
    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
    1856 days ago
    Agree I hope there is something that can be done to help improve your vision!
    1856 days ago
    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
    1858 days ago
    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
    1858 days ago
    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?

    1858 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
    Sorry to hear that Dee. Hugs to you emoticon
    1858 days ago
    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
    1858 days ago
    I'm sorry that you got this news. You can look at me funny any time.
    1859 days ago
  • MEMEQ2
    Sorry to hear your news. I hope they come up with something to help you.
    1859 days ago
    Bummer! Is this forever or do you have options for intervention?
    1859 days ago
    Sorry to hear this! I'm hopeful there are some options to help you!

    1859 days ago
    I'm so sorry. emoticon
    1859 days ago
    It is bad news, do they have any options to help you?

    1859 days ago
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