Thursday, May 03, 2007

I Had Two Torn Retinas

A few years after my cataracts were removed, I noticed a dark area in my eye. This was 3 1/2 years ago at the time our son Brian had died. I thought possibly the eye problem had something to do with stress, or my blood sugar.

Luckily, I got into the doctor and it was discovered that there was a tear in the retina in the right eye. I was immediately sent to a specialist in Salt Lake City (Kirk Winward) who waited for me to get there in spite of the fact that it was 6 PM.

He lazered the tear and I had regular visits one a month for 6 months to make certain everything had healed right. I was shocked at the 6th visit to learn that there was scar tissue and I would have to have an operation to correct it.

It seems like it was only 1/2 hour after returning home from the operation at I had a dark area in the peripheral vision of that same eye, and was told to come in immediately.

He had me return to his office immediately, and sure enough I had a second torn retina.

He lazered that tear - right on top of the part of the eye that had the surgery on. Ouch!!!!
That was a terrible experience. And, I don't ever want to do it again!