Posterior Vitreous Detachment…

…is nothing to worry about, according to my offensively-cheerful ophthalmologist, unless it proceeds to a detached retina. Which ‘rarely’ happens. So don’t get all freaked out or anything, Joel.

And when it happened to my right eye last month I didn’t freak out at all. Frankly I’ve pretty much written off the vision in that eye: Once all the surgery healed it became clear that the right optic nerve was so damaged that removing the cataract didn’t actually do that much good. Some, yeah, but right vision is still cloudy and my brain edits it out almost completely. So chance of detached retina? Let’s pour another bucket of water into the ocean, shall we?

Then this morning – the very morning I already had an eye exam scheduled – I woke to find the same symptoms in my left eye. White sparks and a floater that looked like someone was waving an almost-sheer curtain in front of me. It was so distracting I’m glad I didn’t have to drive. That’s the eye that showed startling improvement from the cataract removal and lens replacement. It’s been over a year and I still rejoice daily at the improvement. Or I did before today. Now I can barely see.

None of this, I am assured but not persuaded, is at all serious. In fact he said (not in so many words) the condition is common in older people and the only way to avoid it is to die young. It probably won’t proceed to a retina detachment. It probably will clear up on its own.

On the other hand, he couldn’t help but say, “It’s a beauty, though.” Also, it’s “really weird” that it happened one after the other like that.

So that happened today.


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4 Responses to Posterior Vitreous Detachment…

  1. Ben says:

    Well, at least you promptly got to the doctor, even if it was a coincidence. According to my eye doctor, sparks are a dangerous symptom that need to be evaluated without delay.

  2. Zelda says:

    Hoping you have checked out the Mayo Clinic and other top professional web sites to learn whether the supplements commonly taken for eye health, including calcium, might strengthen any part of your vision if taken regularly and correctly over months. Lots of new information and research avaiable, hope your doc is keeping up. You too, Ben. There’s less reason now to accept having old people’s eyes.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just came back from my retinal specialists a few days ago. They always use me to teach the young’uns. Joel, “offensively-cheerful” is a good thing. Hang in there. Nice turn of phrase, by the way.

  4. Huh, my eye doc says it’s actually fairly common for a problem in one eye to appear in the other. They’re not sure why it applies to even things that shouldn’t “transmit” (like eroding corneas) but it apparently does.

To the stake with the heretic!