And There Was Sight! A Coda for Retina and Cataract Issues

NIH A.D.A.M. Encyclopedia. Click for larger version.

NIH A.D.A.M. Encyclopedia. Click for larger version.

Check out the story about my retinal condition in the March 2013 issue of Prevention. The magazine does not allow non-subscribers to access the articles, but if you happen to be in the grocery check-out line, you can read about many of the eye problems that people experience as they age including the detached retina in my left eye and my subsequent treatment.

If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you have read some of my posts on aging eyes (see below). I wrote these not because I wanted to share my problems — I am actually somewhat shy about doing that — but because eye problems are often a part of aging, and we all need to know what to do about them, whether for ourselves or our elder parents.

Floaters and flashes may indicate an emergency eye condition. Furthermore, cataracts can develop naturally or they can be the result of other eye surgery. Something else important to note is that people who develop cataracts do not need to wait until they are debilitating. Ignoring these problems may only make them worse and make a person far more uncomfortable.

My eye journey of nearly five years has included monitoring, treatments, and surgeries by three amazing surgeons, Drs. Kanifar, Deegan, and Gaspar, who returned my vision to a quality that I cannot remember since I started wearing glasses when I was five years old and contacts when I was twelve.

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Understanding My Aging Eyes After My Detached Retina

Eye Tour Cleveland ClinicI’ve written several posts about eye medical care (post on cataracts – posts on detached retinas). Sometime soon I will share a bit more about my experience with cataract surgery — mine occurred several weeks ago.

Recently I discovered a terrific eye education resource. If you are trying to make sense of the medical health of your eyes or the eyes of an aging parent, get started by educating yourself about the structure of an eye. Check out this wonderful Eye Anatomy Tour, posted over at the Cleveland Clinic website.

Because most of my doctors offer explanations during fairly short appointments, I am not always able to absorb everything. My physicians usually explain things clearly and mostly in an unrushed manner, but I cannot always remember everything that I need (or want) to know.

The nice thing about this animated eye tour is that it can be run over and over — always a useful feature but especially so if an adult child is  explaining an eye condition to an aging parent. When you watch the tour you can also use the Dictionary of Eye Terms, linked from the same web page.

This post is not a substitute for talking with your physician.

Read all of my detached retina posts.