22 April

All The Better To See: Retinal Exam

by Jon Katz

It takes 90 minutes to get to Dr. Falk and 2-3 hours to be examined at her practice, but I won’t complain about it.

She’s done an amazing job of protecting my retina from the dark forces that nearly blinded it three years ago with laser surgery and some new medication drops for my eyes.

Here exams are thorough and unyielding and unwavering.

Photos, x-rays, , dye in the eyes.

She’s a border collie owner and lover and we have some fun talking about dogs. She’s done a wonderful job of protecting and preserving my eyesight.

When I first went to see her, the tops of letters disappeared from books and print. My eyesight is good and strong now. She’s concerned about some swelling in one eye, but we agreed to change eye drops for now, we’ll check it again in four months.

I’ve been good at reading the photos they take of me, and things look good. The swelling is well away from the center of the cye.

Above, my life eye – the swelling is whitish and round.

Maria generously agrees to drive me, because the drops they put in my eyes to test them leave me nearly blind for a few hours.

I’m lucky to be living when I’m living. I suspect the swelling will give me some trouble down the road, but for now, all is good.

When my eyes clear, I’ll head for the gym.

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