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From: yoyomom
Date: 07-26-2007, 10:44 PM (1 of 3)
I am reading this site with one eye. I think it was lucky for me that I did not take a wait and see attitude. Being nearsighted can cause a persons retina to tear or even detach, and that is what happened to me. I bent over to put in a CD in a computer in my lecture hall (I'm a teacher) and all of a sudden it was as if a giant floater appeared in my eye and my vision was blearly as if there were mucus in my eye. Retina damage is supposed to come with light flashes in the eye but if there is bleeding these tell tale flashes do not appear. I had a tear in my retina and bleeding inside my eye that I could not see.

I finished lecture and lab as this all appeared after 5 p.m. The next morning I was calling my eye Dr. who saw me this morning and hopefully sealed up the tear with laser surgery. I only wish I knew last night to call right then. If this happens to anyone else, take better care of yourself. I'm one of those who can only sew as well as I can see. The Dr. says I have a 95% chance of recovery. Leslie
User: yoyomom
Member since: 07-08-2007
Total posts: 11
From: esrun3
Date: 07-27-2007, 11:20 PM (2 of 3)
Sorry to hear about your vision problem, Leslie. Hope your recovery is swift and full!!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: Longblades
Date: 07-29-2007, 12:02 PM (3 of 3)
Oh goodness. Surgery of any kind is scary but on your eyes ..... shudder. Modern eye treatments are well advanced these days so I am hopeful for you.

Thanks for posting your experience, it is something I think we are often not aware of till it happens. I am one of those short sighted (-9.25 diopter) people who has been warned to watch out for the dreaded floaters. Ironically, it is my DH, who has exceptionally good distance vision, and only needs the mildest of correction for presbyopia, who has experienced them and is regularly monitored for damage to his retina.
User: Longblades
Member since: 07-14-2005
Total posts: 182
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