On Friday It was gorgeous and sunny so I took a nice long walk. Upon returning home I took off my sunglasses and noticed a small shadow along the lower edge of my peripheral vision. I thought my eyes were just adjusting to the inside light, but the shadow persisted. That night when I went to bed and closed my eyes I could still see the shadow as a lighter semicircle. When I moved my eyes small flashes of light darted across the edge of that semicircle. The next day The semicircular shadow was about one-quarter into my line of sight and disappeared when I looked down and followed my eye when I looked up. At this point I called Allina Urgent Care and was seen right away. An on-call optometrist was called in and he dialated my eyes and examined them finding that I had a retinal tear in my left eye. He called an on-call opthamologist and surgery was scheduled for Sunday at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolois. It was a long day because of the holiday weekend, but I finally had the surgery, a vitrectomy and scleral buckle.
The good news is that I can see light and color. The healing will take some time. It feels like I have sandpaper on the inside of my eyelid and I look like Popeye, but I know it will get better and I will be able to see again. It is important to know that something like this can happen at any time to anybody. Thanks to Jim, Ben and the medical community. I am fortunate, indeed.