Hi Dr. Rick, It's Jani Kregor again, with more questions. First question: should I have further evaluation, and if so--where?
The end of the story is that I am fine now, and my eye pressures bilaterally both before and after dilation, were 16. My vision hasn't changed much. (I think the light sensitivity, and peripheral vision are worse compared to this time last year. It's harder to walk around as a pedestrian.)
The beginning of the story is that I had two episodes, one day apart when I had REALLY bad pain in my right eyeball. It didn't lead into a headache. The episodes only lasted for a couple of minutes (less than ten). I didn't notice any vision troubles. One time, I was walking to swim practice, and I had just gotten off the bus. One time, I was doing ball room dance practice (International Foxtrot to be specific! :-)), and OH MY my eyeball hurt.
The pain went away both times. Later that weekend, I googled it, and that lead me to glaucoma. (So I went to the eye clinic, they checked my eyes and pressures--all good).
BUT, in reading about glaucoma----it seemed that the symptoms of decreasing peripheral vision, decreased contrast sensitivity, increased light sensitivity----are the very things that I've been complaining (that's the polite word) about for the past 10 years. I'm wondering if my symptoms aren't more related to optic nerve trouble (probably not from glaucoma---although when I read about glaucoma "it's complicated"), instead of disease of the retina per se.
I emailed my regular retina doctor (because I saw an optometrist in the urgent eye clinic), and asked if I should see him again--or somebody else. But, it's been 2 and 1/2 weeks, and no reply.
(He's emailed me in the past with results of tests----about once a year).
I think he either didn't get the email, got it and forgot it, or thinks I'm a bit nutso.
When I go to the clinic, they check my central acuity with the Snellen chart----and when I test near 20/20---I'm afraid they sort of give me the fish-eye. Really the light/dark/glare/peripheral vision trouble are what makes it the hardest for me to get about.
So, that's Waaaay more than you wanted to know. If I don't need any further eval----that's fine. I can read fine. But, if I should have someone evaluate my optic nerve to see if there is some treatment that should be considered----I will do it.
Thanks for listening!! Jani Kregor