Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Ya.....ER docs shouldn't do eyes.....I don't do heart attacks lol!
Astigmatism just doesn't all of a sudden start to distort your vision so that you notice it. Also I believe you mentioned that the computer looked distorted even with your glasses on -- which would "fix" your astigmatisim problem.
that is almost word for word what he said he does heart attacks not eyes
I looked at the computer right before I got on with you the peripheral the words are swirling remember I told you I see swirling when I go into a dark room with that eye it's almost the same thing.
It's nothing but the words on the screen not the computer itself
Yes. That was what I understood you to say....I just typed it wrong....
Well...one good thing. You did manage to get out and into the ER with the help of a friend. Since that is the case I'd call an local ophthalmologist and see if you can get in for a full exam some time next week. We are quickly coming up on the holidays and appointments are gonna get kinda scarce until after Jan 2
Yes I know. We live in a small town so everything medical is difficult. Do you still get the same feeling it's probably nothing?
I don't think it is an emergency at this point but I'd feel better if someone had a look at you who actually knew what the inside of an eye should look like ;)
yes that would make sense
I would think though I would see this other than just the computer screen.
It is either nothing serious or it could be the first sign of a detachment. A detachment will, with 100% certainty, get worse.....and you will be able to easily notice this.
that is true...and one of the reasons I don't think this is an emergency. That being said, as wonderful as a justanswer doc I am, I would rather that you see an ophthalmologist up close and personal......
Yes I know that is the only way I will get peace of mind for sure. Now if I did have a tear, hole or something how do they fix that, and can you go back to doing things right away like lifting once it's fixed?
It depends on where, how large the tear is, how much if any retina has detached.......it can be easy to fix with a laser -- and most any ophthalmologist can do this -- or it can be complicated and need the attention of a retina surgeon. I mostly do the difficult cases so I am kinda biased and tend to be a worrier when it comes to these things.
so, to answer your question, you might be laid up for less then a day to as much as a month or more.
Laid up in what sense not being able to do anything?
See I take care of my elderly aunt that is why I am home bound I don't have any help. So this makes things very difficult for me. That is why i worry I won't be able to lift.
Once again that varies, but mostly it relates to lifting/bending/having to be in a special position for a few days to a few weeks......it can run a very large gambit.
just with a tear & hole or a detachment?
Well. Lets say you go into see an ophthalmologist. And she says everything is fine. Then you don' have to worry. Let's say it is a mess and you need complex surgery. Well, then, you decide what to do. You could forgo the surgery, get someone to help with your aunt....lots of choices.
Getting someone to help is worse then the detachment itself
Some holes and even some tears can be "welded" with a laser easily in the office. No post up problems.....but like I said there are too many variables to even begin to play the "what if" game.
My aunts nurse had a retinal emergency back in March she had 1 floater within 6 weeks she all of a sudden had a shower of floaters in front of her eye. She had a tear I think she said, and she was off work for a week.
I know you can't know til I have it looked at.
Yes. To give the laser "weld" time to setup.
Mine has been since May so I thought I was lucky & out of danger
You very well may be but I would feel better figuring out what is causing this distortion you are experiencing
she even told me I probably had nothing to worry about since they told her most RD happen within in 6 weeks of a PVD
That is correct but, in medicine, there are always surprises
Lord only knows how long the distortion has been there I just happen to notice it since I am more aware of that eye problem
And that is a very good point......and makes a lot of sense
Well thanks Dr. Rick I will keep an eye on my eye HA HA
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