Before writing back to you, I had to consult with a very good friend of mine who is a very experienced optometrist. I trust his opinion a lot and this is what he explained to me:
He said that dilating an eye is not necessary to diagnose a PVD. Just like the other optometrist said, PVDs can be quite obvious without a dilation. He did say, however, that without a dilation, the dr would not be able to rule out RD with 100% certainty. I explained to him your symptoms and he said that with RD there is usually a lot of floaters, a lot of lightening bolts and some kind of vision loss present. Based on the description that you have provided (and which I relayed to him), he said it is highly unlikely that you have RD.
So the optometrist on the site gave you correct information. If you haven't been having an increased amount of floaters, vision changes or more lightening episodes, it is highly unlikely that you have RD. Given that, I think it would be safe to wait until May 17th to see your ophthalmologist for further and more thorough exam.
I disagree with the ophthalmologist who said that you shouldn't have gone to optometrist. Optometrists are highly educated eye doctors and can diagnose a multitude of eye problems. It is basically same as saying "you shouldn't be asking a Physician Assistant (hence, me) questions, you should only ask MD". I know you would disagree with that statement, therefore, I think it was totally appropriate that you saw an optometrist.
Hope this helps you and calms you down. Keep your eye appointment for May 17th just for your piece of mind. Watering of the eyes is not a symptoms of RD. If you won't have other symptoms I talked about earlier, there is not reason to get checked sooner.
Have a great evening. I will not be on line until either very late tonight or sometime tomorrow.
I think for your piece of mind you will need to see an ophthalmologist. Otherwise this will always be on the back of your mind and you will worry about it.
Personally, I do not think you have anything other than PVD that the optometrist told you about. There is no treatment for PVD and based on what I read, you can go about your regular daily activities. But Beth, I am not an eye expert and I don't want to give you the wrong information. I think you should just call the office of the optometrist you saw on Monday morning to double check on that information. In the meantime, feel safe to go about your regular everyday activity.
I called my friend because I didn't want to give you false information, you don't have to thank me for that. Now that I talked to him, I felt more comfortable and was able to explain it to you better as well.
I will be siding with the optometrist that saw you and examined you. If she was comfortable enough to tell you you have PVD without dilating your eyes, that means she was actually seeing it clearly.
You don't need to have your eyes dilated in order to diagnose PVD, however, you do need your eyes dilated to diagnosed RD. So there is a small chance that she would have missed RD because she didn't dilate your eyes but I think she was relying on your symptoms as well as what she saw to make that determination.
I think you should just wait and see. If you have no more symptoms, you dont need to see anyone else. If symptoms come back or get worse, you will need to see an ophthalmologist for a full dilated exam.
For now, I dont think you should worry.
When you get several different opinions, you will always have a variation in those opinions. I think you should rely mostly on the person who examined you.
Hope you are having a good day. Talk soon.