This hasn’t been a good week for me. About an hour after a routine colonoscopy on Wednesday, I experienced a significant vitreous detachment in my left eye. It was pretty dramatic because I immediately saw many black, snake-like threads and billions of tiny black dots in my vision. After the threads dissolved into more black dots, I have been left with large, cloudy and grey floaters in the eye.
Presently, it is nearly impossible to focus with that eye. And to give you a bit of background, my right eye has been a “lazy” one for about 50 years. Even though I had surgery to straighten it a few decades ago, I still mentally turn off the vision in that eye. So my left eye – the one with the humongous floaters in it – is very much my dominant one. I will literally go stumbling through life if I can’t see well out of it.
I was able to get into my optometrist immediately on Wednesday afternoon. Based on the equipment at his office, he was unsure whether I had a retinal tear. So I was whisked over to the eye surgeon who did my cataract surgeries last year. It was one of his surgery days, but he saw me as soon as he was out of the operating room. He concluded that I did not have a retinal tear. That was good news. However, there is a risk of developing one in the next four weeks. I saw the surgeon again this morning because I am developing new floaters and now see flashes of light. Still no retinal tear, thankfully.
If my vision gets suddenly worse and my left eye experiences a retinal tear, then I need emergency surgery to prevent blindness. To complicate matters further, we’re scheduled to go on a photo tour in the Moab, Utah, area during the critical time period. Isn’t it rather ironic to do photography when I can’t see very well? Moab is in the middle of nowhere, and my surgeon would have to direct me to a specialist in Salt Lake City (about 4 hours away) if I need surgery during our trip. So we’re trying to decide what to do - whether we should go ahead and cancel the trip or see how things unfold in the next few weeks.
If you have vision, please count your blessings. And I would appreciate your prayers for mine.