Saturday, March 10, 2018

eye spy with my oddball eye...

in which our plucky heroine has a peculiar symptom...

so... woke up this morning and when heading out to feed the chooks, I see something in my peripheral vision. Hmmm... that was odd...

Then back in the house, it returns, like a flash of darkness across the upper right corner of my visual field. SInce the lighting is no longer flourescent tubes, there is nothing actually flickering in my overhead lights... HMMM....

... and intermittently, it keeps happening. Like many oddities, once noticed, it becomes harder and harder to ignore. Tullia arrives for her metalworking lesson, and I attempt to feign normality. Eventually I call the nurse hotline, and when they finally return my call, am told to go to the ER. Tullia kindly agrees to drive me there.

Eventually the ER doc, after running my sypmtoms through his Useful FIlters of Knowledge, eliminates both stroke and brain lesions as likely suspects, much to my relief, and I am discharged from the ER and sent across the street to the eye specialist. There they dilate my right eye:
... and after a thorough examination, determine that my retina is properly attached and all in one piece, at least for the time being, and that the strange intermittent flashes of darkness in my upper right quadrant are some kind of anomalous floater. Not like any eye floater I have ever seen before, but hey, I am not an expert on things optical. An appointment will be scheduled in a month, to check and make sure that all is still well inside the eyeball(s).

Needless to say, this is not how I was intending today to unfold, and now, with the Eye of Extremely Large Pupil, there is basically almost nothing useful I can manage to do, since they all require focused vision.


  1. You poor thing! Eyes are very disturbing when they don't work.

    I had something similar since i was about 15, it starts as a spot in the middle of my vision (as if I have looked at a bright light and am seeing an afterimage) and then spreads out to the edges of my vision (clearing in the middle as it goes out) and it turned out to be an aura from migraines. I'm lucky enough not to get much headache or nausea with them, but that's what your description reminded me of. The first time it happened I thought I was going blind, but so far that hasn't happened :P.

    1. I have had the ocular migraine symptoms a few times in my life, though fortunately never the headache that many of my friends get. For me, that symptom appears yes, initially like the blurry jiggley heat spot, and then turns into flashing rainbow zigzags that gradually curve around and eventually out of my field of vision... The symptoms I am having now are not at all similar, in that the flashes do not move, but are in mostly the same place in my vision, and have been going on now for almost three days

    2. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. I'm afraid I've no other ideas.

  2. I meant to add, one of the side effects of a migraine (for me) is sleeping off the effects...