Friday, October 21, 2011

I can see for miles, and miles, and......!!

Thank you so much for all your good wishes about my eye op. and thought I might just take this opportunity to explain a little what it was all about..I can say without a doubt that if I'd been born 100 years ago I'd almost certainly be blind now..Dramatic maybe, but if I hadn't by some stroke of luck walked into The Lions Eye Institute (Lions Eye Inst.) fifteen years ago to see if I was a suitable candidate for laser surgery to correct my short sightedness, I would never have discovered that the pressure in my eyes was sky high and that I had Glaucoma, because you just don't feel it!! After many years of trying different types of eye drops and pills to reduce the pressure, and two detached retinas, five years ago I had a trabectalectomy in both eyes which to date are working 100%. I have four monthly checks and the reason I feel so very, very lucky is that despite all the trauma my eyes have been through, I can see fantastically well, no peripheral damage, to the point that I only use glasses for driving.  I don't have to mention the Ophthalmologist's name who has saved my sight on at least three occasions, he doesn't need the plug, he is well known and respected internationally I just thank God, often, that our paths crossed. The reason I decided to write this post is because I think we tend to check most things when we feel that there might be something wrong, but perhaps not so much the eyes. Glaucoma isn't something that you FEEL, but if the pressure isn't checked it can wear away at your peripheral vision and once gone, it can't be recovered... So go..go and have your pressure checked, no big deal, but could be sight saving.....Alright enough of all that,  back to business as normal, there's not a cloud in this sky and that's why I chose it for sky watch Friday. Hope there are no clouds in your sky today.....p.s. I missed you.....!!

39 comments:

  1. Very lucky. My optomotrist now tests for glaucoma as a matter of course every time I get my specs replaced (every couple of years).

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  2. Such blue enters the soul !


    Please have a good Friday.

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  3. I don't mind the PSA, especially since your surgery was a success. Glad to have your photographic 'eyes' back.

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  4. Glad you are back and are well - missed you too! Super shot you have for us.

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  5. Excellent! Really glad everything went well! Beautiful image!

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  6. Every two years Medicare will pay for your eyes to be tested by an optomotrist. This should include a variety of tests, including the pressure test. Half an hour's time, once every two years and it costs you nothing. If you are over forty, you should take advantage of what is offered. Pleased your experience went well, or we may not be seeing such fine photos.

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  7. A most interesting post, Grace. I'm fairly ignorant about glaucoma and eye pressure. Next time I get my eyes checked, I'll ask about it. Meanwhile, glad to see you back! Your return photo is loaded with beautiful blue, maybe an subconscious reference to the "clear skies" nature of your post.

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  8. Great to have you back & seeing - & what a stunning coast WA is. (I can - at last - see your header!!!)

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  9. Very good post which I will show my husband who has glaucoma and had had a detached retnia. He'll find this interesting!!

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  10. So happy that your back, you have been missed as well. This photograph is wonderful. No I don't want to go to work tomorrow.

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  11. delighted your dear eyes will be OK!


    Aloha from Waikiki;

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  12. I am glad that he's well again. Sight is very important. I'm going to test with eyes on OCT in November. I had to postpone the flu. I am now at home. I wish you a nice day. / Peter

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  13. So glad to hear your eyesight has been sorted out.

    Your photo is a stunning feast for the eyes!

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  14. I enjoy your daily photos..make a point of checking in every day.
    My next eye test is scheduled for Dec, delighted to hear that you OP was successful.

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  15. Wonderful photograph and we are glad you can see for miles and miles. Excellent post.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  16. So glad to have back and what a message you have sent us. It is so wonderful that you have such a fantastic doctor! I have a eye appointment in 6 weeks. Thanks for the reminder! Looking forward to more of your fantastic photos.

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  17. I understand as I am recovering from my eye surgery as well, Congrats on good recovery.

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  18. In France , every time you go to the ophtalmologist, there's a pressure control.That's a good thing. I'm so glad to read about your story and its HAPPY end!To see is a precious gift, and we often take it for granted.

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  19. Fantastic news Grace. Thanks for sharing your experience. A very apt photo.

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  20. Excellent!!!! I get myself tested for glaucoma very regularly (thanks Gran!) it's the one reason that makes me go every year or so.

    What a BLUE photo!!

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  21. Great news Grace and your photo aptly depicts a blue sky day in more than one sense. xx

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  22. Happy days Grace. The things we take for granted and as you say not so long in the past it would have had a very different outcome. I wear glasses and go regularly and they check for Glaucoma.

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  23. So pleased you are OK! That is a gorgeous photo... it makes me feel so very happy that we can see such wonderful sights :-)

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  24. I'm just looking longingly at the beach!

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  25. Glad to see you back. As to the photo, my comment would be a sigh.

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  26. I'm glad that you are well now. A lot of wishes.
    The picture you chose is fantastic.
    Ciao from Italy

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  27. Me alegro que tengas controlado el problema de tus ojos, espero que sigas bien durante toda tu vida.
    Yo también tengo una hija con problemas de vista.
    Saludos. Pepe.

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  28. That's wonderful that you were able to have such an operation done successfully! I had cataract surgery last year in December with two new implants. I need glasses only for reading small print or in dim light. Fantastic.

    Love this photograph! And re our discussion the other day...I saw an article recently which told the story of a woman who got severely beaten by a large roo!

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  29. I hope you are fully recovered,
    the eyes are a fundamental part of life.
    happy weekend.
    greetings.

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  30. Welcome back and what a beauitiful blue sky and sea to share with us. I hope you are ok now, and good advice for others Grace, thanks!

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  31. I'm so very glad your eye surgery went well and thanks for the excellent advice! Take care! Your capture for the day is stunningly beautiful! Such incredible colors. Would love spending a day there! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  32. We missed you too and I'm glad everything went well. I get mine checked regularly. I love the colors in this picture. Such a brilliant sky!

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  33. Je suis très content pour toi que tout se soit bien passé. Moi aussi, je me fais suivre pour le glaucome. Il faut savoir que, malheureusement, ce problème se transmet aux enfants. Ils doivent donc, eux aussi, être suivis régulièrement.
    Bon week-end!

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  34. Meant to tell you how beautiful your header photo is! Absolutely stunning!

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  35. Oh thank god everything seems to be fine! I was quite worried as I've had an eye injury before and the worry of losing eyesight was unbelievably frightening! So glad you're okay. I'd never worried about pressure before, thanks for making me aware of this. Can't wait to see more of your photos here! :D

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  36. Awesome blues and greens! Lovely composition too.

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  37. Ein tolles blau auf diesem Bild sehr schön.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  38. Good news!
    Lucky you who have some good doctors who have done a good job!

    Good to have you back again!

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  39. Lovely pic to return with and very glad you can see it!

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