Over 40? You need to know this then.
Did you know that as we get older, the eye goo (technical term: the vitreous body) that fills the space between our lens and retina becomes less gel-like and condenses?
Neither did I, until I ended up in the ER because of it.
A few weeks ago, I had “flashing,” and “floaters” pop up in my right eye, which freaked me out because as the evening progressed, it got worse – so I asked LH to drive me to the ER.
This “ask” did not come easy, either.
In my opinion, the Emergency Room is only for people who are bleeding profusely or are having a near-death experience. And FYI: your limb has to be severed to warrant an ER visit, too. Case in point, a few months I cut my finger badly, and while I should have gone for stitches, I instead opted for a bandage and duct tape. It worked like a hot damn.
But you don’t want shit happening with your eyes—a scar on your finger, no problem, that’s nothing to get stressed over. Your eyes, though, you don’t want to mess with your peepers.
So, off we went.
Once we arrived, LH had to stay in the car (due to COVID restrictions), and I sat my ass down in the hallway and waited for the doctor. I was bored out of my skull too. You see, my stupid eye would not allow me to use my phone, so the only entertainment I had was counting the ceiling tiles and eavesdropping on other people’s problems.
When the doctor finally arrived, I had to giggle. Because the first thing that popped into my head was, “Is he even old enough to drive?”. And while that’s not so funny, what is funny is my father said the same thing many years ago about HIS ER doctor.
I guess we all eventually start sounding like our parents at some point.
Once I confirmed that he was old enough to drive, drink and vote, I allowed him to check out my eye. Long story short, he couldn’t see anything dramatic, and they booked me an eye specialist appointment for further testing.
This was great news because my big sis, Karen, has had two detached retina’s and her symptoms were the same as mine. I messaged her to tell her the news, and she replied, now you can go to bed and not wake up blind. Empathy and sympathy run high in my family.
A few days later, I ended up in the eye doctor’s chair to find out that I have Posterior Vitreous Detachment. When pressed as to how I got this, her reply was, posterior vitreous detachment is common during advanced age.
Getting older can cause this too?
Not only do we have to contend with ALL the other crap that happens when we are at an “advanced” age, but we are also more susceptible to our retina detaching?
That’s. Messed. Up.
Most people with vitreous detachment go back to normal after a few months, however, we do run the risk of retina detachment, so I’m to go back in a month for another eye exam.
The only good thing that came out of this was a yoga workout on YouTube. 😂
Between the ER visit and the eye doctor’s appointment, I wasn’t allowed to do anything strenuous. Still, I needed to film a workout for the channel, and a lot of people in the community have been asking for a yoga workout, so I thought, let’s make lemonade out of lemons, and I released one of my best yoga workouts to date.
Moral of the story: don’t hesitate to go to ER if there’s weird stuff happening to you, and don’t ask to see your doctor’s driver’s licence to confirm their age. They don’t like that.
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