Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today. I am a retina surgeon.
Do you have a curtain across part of your vision?
yes i do
Do you know where (using a clock face as if you were looking at your own eye) your tear was located?
upper right on my right eye, if you were looking at my eye
Ok. Well, a superior tear is a bad spot to have one.....What part of your visual field is missing/affected right now? Also, has this area been getting larger?
from my point of view, its the top left, i can see the bottom half. and its very gradually getting worse
Ok. Have you tried everything possible to get funding or charity care for your detaching retina? Over the course of two decades as a retina surgery I have done a number of retina detachment repairs at no cost......any chance of you getting such a deal?
well, i haven't tried doing such a thing. How would I go about doing this?
The first thing I would do is go to the hospital and ask to meet with their patient representative. There may be monies available to help you. This person will also help you with finding a retina surgeon. Would you like me to tell you what is going to happen with your eye if you continue on this course or do you already know?
Ill try my very best, XXXXX XXXXX not, ill see if there are financing options available for this surgery, and i would like to know yes.
i forgot to mention i do not have insurance, would i still be eligible for charity care?
From what you have posted you currently have an inferior retinal detachment that has not yet involved the center of your vision, the macula. Once your macula rips off --and it will --then your chances of having better then 20/200 vision (legally blind), even with the best of treatment and outcome, would be greatly reduced.
yes. You would still be able to get charity care, medicaid etc
If you continue to allow this detachment to progress you will become lights-out blind in that eye. After a time you have a high chance of getting a blind and painful eye that may have to be removed and thrown in a bucket.
Not a pretty picture.
I would see if you can get some funding before your macula becomes detached......
Does this make sense to you?
God, thats... pretty awful. how long do i have until it reaches the macula? and i will try to get funding ASAP.
Your macula could rip off in the next few seconds or not for weeks.....but left untreated your retinal detachment will involve your macula. Usually, in my practice a "macula on retinal detachment" is a surgical emergency. I've been known to operate in the middle of the night on patients like yourself....at least when I was younger ;)
Didn't anyone tell you what you were facing when they found your tear and you elected not to laser it?
I know, but the specialist i was referred to was asking for a ridiculously high down payment and my father passed away soon after, so all the savings we had went towards his funeral services, etc.
I'm very sorry to hear about your fathers passing. I am sure you can find some way to get assistance with surgery to fix your retina. First thing tomorrow morning hit the pavement and get to work on it!
thanks for your condolences. And i will, thank you doctor. I assume no doctors would be available right now on account of 4th of July?
If you were to go to an ER, in a big city, a retina surgeon might be found but, at this point since this has been going on for almost 6 months, I think starting to find a surgeon and finances can wait 11 hours....... I am very glad we have had a chance to talk :-)
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thank you doctor. Well despite the bad news, i still have hope.