Short version: this sucks, I just want to complain; have you had a retinal tear or detachment?
I am 54, in good health other than needing to lose weight. I wear eyeglasses which correct my vision to 20/15. Five weeks ago I had strange new floaters in one eye. After a few days there was a small spot far to one side that blocked what I could see there, and 3 days later that small spot was a little larger. My eye doc: you have a torn retina, a spontaneous tear not caused by anything you did. So a specialist fixed it with a pneumatic retinopexy with cryotherapy and SF6 gas.
A few days of lying down and holding my head in a specific orientation, it was easy. Mild pain and discomfort for a couple of days. One week after, all looked great at my follow up, and I am to take it easy and continue letting it heal.
Last week at my one month follow up, only when my pupil was dilated, did I notice a new blind spot off to a far side of my field of vision. He found it, a second tear. So last Wednesday night he did a vitrectomy with laser. More SF6 gas. Local anesthesia, outpatient surgery, I was back home in 3 hours.
My 1-day follow-up last week went well, but the eye has been sore for a week. Sometimes when I move my head it throbs badly. Tylenol helps just a little. But I don’t want anything stronger. I cannot see out of that eye at all – all I see are lighter areas and darker shady areas, all hazy. Are you holding up 2 fingers, or 3? Hell, I can’t even see your arm.
This sucks now, and I wanted to complain. Lucky you. Yeah I’m being a bit of a wimp about it, I admit.
My 1-week follow-up is tomorrow morning. I’m pretty sure it will go well but I am here to whine like a baby and to say, this fucking sucks. I am also convinced that women are stronger than men. A lady would just deal with it. Here I am, whining. And my poor wife, bless her heart, has to put up with my shit.
Spontaneous retinal tears aren’t all that uncommon. Have you had the pleasure?