About 45 days ago, I noticed that the vision in my right eye was not up to par. Since it had been over a year since my last exam, i scheduled an appointment with a new Optomestrist ( which is by the way, a M.D, F.A.C.S, and a Board Certified Ophthalmoligist.) I am near sighted (about -5.25) and have been for about 30 years. I am 50 years old.
The Dr, briefly examined me ( there was no dialation or the little puff of air test) and, as I recall, he didn't even look my eyes with the little hand held light that I've seen in the past. He did look through some large device as I put my chin in the appropriate place. He proceeded to ask me " which is better, A or B, etc for a about 5 minutes until he was satisfied that my new prescription should be -6.5 and -6.0. He told me my right eye looked irratated ( I had been wearing a -4.5 to assist with reading) and that it would take a few days to adjust to the new lens
About 2 weeks later, I returned, explaining that the vision in my right eye was poor, and no matter what lens I used I couldn't see properly. He again went through the same drill and finally said " as far as contacts go, your shit out of luck, you can correct for distance or reading, but not both. Maybe you should just give up and go to glasses
I wasn't happy with this answer, because just a few weeks prior, I manged to do just fine most of the time without readers, but usually had then handy just in case. He got rid of my by saying, "I can't help you" And wrote me a prescription for the previous lenses
I had been using.
2 weeks later, when the new lenses were also failing, I went to another optometrist
. Within 2 minutes, he suggested that I may have a detached retina
in my right eye and should seek medical treatment immediately. 3 days later, I had emergency surgery for a giant retinal tear.
My question is this: Should the original doctor have detected this problem rather than just send me away? My vision declined after my last visit to his office and the visit to the next optometrist but I tried to tell him that nothing seemed to be working.
The way I look at it is that I had a small tear which worsened because it was not properly diagnosed and that the first optometrist was negligent in not recognizing the symptoms.
Your feedback is appreciated.