Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More Than Meets The Eye

SINCE FOLKS kindly commented on the vision issues I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to add a small clarification about what I wrote. Like many, I am increasingly near sighted and have had floaters for years. Floaters are common (and as I understand it) usually due to harmless bits of broken gel behind the eye that the brain, in time, can actually forget is there. My floaters increased significantly, however, after a torn retina to one eye over a year ago. Since then, the other eye has also had an increase in visual anomalies … but no torn retina. The best guess is that my most recent and differing anomalies are due simply to more debris from detaching gel. In addition, the fluorescein angiogram I had showed drusen deposits. Although this can signal macular degeneration development, my doctor suggested I need not fear this potential visual impairment any time soon and quite possibly never. We all treasure our eyesight but when it is threatened, gratitude for life’s visual wonders (and excellent eyewear) overflows.


  1. Hear hear!!
    Well, I guess I could have said "Si, si" but you know what I mean.

  2. Yes, I definitely appreciate my sight more as I get older.

  3. I also have floaters which I became very aware of about a year ago while skiing. I couldn't seem to divert my vision from them, which drove me crazy! As my DR confirmed, they are harmless (and quite common with aging). She said my brain would adapt so I eventually wouldn't "see' them anymore - she was right. (Thank Goodness!) Vision is precious - hope yours continues to serve you well.

  4. Okay, so I scrolled a-l-l the way d-o-w-n to the bottom of your righthand column and there's a totally adorable picture of you as a youngster, with an added Penelope-hula-hoop. Wow. Nifty.


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