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Fine shave. Eye still quite swollen but ice-packs help. Will see retina surgeon at 11:00 today for follow-up visit. Still no reading. Good Krugman column in NY Times this morning.

Written by Leisureguy

30 April 2012 at 7:23 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. LG – I don’t get it. How do you know there was a good column in the NYT if you are not reading?



    30 April 2012 at 9:54 am

  2. I sneaked. But—good news—just back from the doc and I’m told I may now read. Reason: the scleral buckle provides more support. (Obviously, the reading is done with the right eye only; left eye still has big gas bubble, thus no vision yet.



    30 April 2012 at 11:58 am

  3. I must have missed the explanation – did you have a setback or complications from your eye surgery?



    30 April 2012 at 8:30 pm

  4. The initial operation in the left eye on 25 Jan was an intraocular llens implant because of cataracts. I jerked my head, though, which resulted in some trauma and a sharp pressure spike, which probably led to a retinal detachment. I went in on 1 March for a second surgery, to fix the retinal tear and get a gas bubble to hold the retina in place until it reattached. That went fine, until last Wednesday night, when I noticed a dark shadow at the edge of the field of vision in my left eye: a sign that the retina was becoming detached. This is a medical emergency, so saw the doctor on Thursday and went in for surgery on Friday, but which time the entire retina in my left eye had collapsed except for the point of attachment from the 1 March surgery, which held. This time in addition to the gas buble I have a scleral buckle, so the repair is probably more robust, but it takes a few months to see how things will work out as healing occurs. So far, so good.



    1 May 2012 at 6:03 am

  5. You say you jerked your head – do you mean during or sometime after the initial surgery? Sounds like what many assume to be a fairly straightforward surgery went off course pretty well. Hope you recover fully and soon. The other eye is OK?



    1 May 2012 at 10:22 am

  6. I jerked my head during surgery. Involuntarily. Yes, that was a bad idea. The other eye is fine, and the surgery there proceeded as planned. I should note that I am extremely myopic, and myopic eyeballs are prone to retinal detachment. So this maybe would have happened anyway.



    1 May 2012 at 10:27 am

  7. I’m extremely myopic too. I’m using contacts in a “monovision” setup. I believe my eye corrected for distance is around a -9 diopter and the other is corrected for reading at -5.75. My doctor said I was beyond 2 std deviations from the norm as far as myopia.



    1 May 2012 at 10:31 am

  8. Watch out for retinal detachments—a dark cloud at the edge of your field of vision in either eye is a warning sign and should be treated as a medical emergency. Get to a ophthalmologist or retinal specialist immediately. Cataract surgery seems to be fairly easy and well-worked-out, so long as you refrain from jerking your head.



    1 May 2012 at 10:42 am

  9. Leisureguy, I’m a vitreoretinal surgeon working in antalya turkey. I read your shaving blog daily. If you have questions about your condition, I will be glad to answer.



    1 May 2012 at 12:36 pm

  10. Cool! And welcome. Things seem to be going fairly well. I’m taking a photo a day using PhotoBooth to see how the eye changes from day to day.



    1 May 2012 at 2:10 pm

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