After trying acupuncture last night, I thought I had makeup on my contact lens. I got home, took out my lenses, and irrigated my eye and went to bed. When I got up this morning, the “junk” was still there. I looked all over my eye and determined that it has to be some sort of floater and I needed to get it looked at by an ophthalmologist. The annoying part is that it’s living mostly in the middle of my vision when I’m trying to read or work on the computer.
Luckily, I got an appointment shortly after chemo and was seen today. I was informed that the jelly like stuff that fills your eyeball starts to thin out as you age and the sac it lives in detaches from your retina. It’s called vitreous detachment. Normally, this happens to people over the age of 65. The doctor today told me that his detached in his 40s and it was due to an injury to his eye when he was younger. I was a little surprised my other eye didn’t go first because I’m more blind as a bat in that eye than the right one.
I had a ***FLASHBACK*** right then and there. Back in Houston, I played catcher on our rec team for work. I went for a popup one day and lost it in the sun. The softball came down straight onto my sunglasses square in the eye. When I took my sunglasses off, there was a perfect imprint of my eye, along with my contact lens, on the inside glass of my sunglasses. I thought it looked kind of cool – my eyelashes, iris and pupil were very clear. I didn’t have a worthy camera or the time to figure out how to photograph it with me that night. I wore it to work as a badge of honor. It was my first and only (so far) black eye. That was about 12 or so years ago.
So between the trauma to my eye all those years ago, the anti-nausea meds and the chemo, my right eye has decided to start this process a little early. When he looked at my eye and retina today, he didn’t find any tears or bleeding, which is good. I go back in 6 weeks for another check, and will need to call the eye doctor back if anything drastically changes in that eye between now and then. I’d like some prayers that it does its thing “normally” and doesn’t inflict any additional damage on its path.
For those interested how it works: Wikipedia explains it pretty well.