In Flashes, floaters and fog I wrote about problems that suddenly cropped up with my left eye recently. My optometrist though I had a
vitreous detachment and referred me on to a specialist ophthalmologist.
Yesterday I took a bus up to Kelburn, near the University, and had my eye examined.
Step one was a bit of a chat, then the specialist put eye drops in my left eye to dilate the pupil. When the optometrist did that I had to wait for 15 minutes or so for the drops to take effect. This time I was sent back to the waiting room and every two or three minutes the specialist appeared to add more drops. That happened a couple of times and then I went back into his consulting room.
He did the same visual inspection my optometrist had done. I had to rest my chin on the device so he could shine an extremely bright light in my eye while having me look up, down, to the left, and so on. I’m pretty sure the light was much brighter than the one the optometrist used.
The specialist said he was pretty happy with that inspection and that things were OK in my eye. To be sure though he wanted to do a further check.
He took out a small briefcase and put on a headset with a lamp and maybe a magnifying glass. I’m not sure as I had my glasses off and could see very little with any clarity out of my left eye, and not a lot of detail with my right.
He also took out a small device a little like the kind of eyepiece you use with a telescope, though smaller. He explained that it was a kind of contact lens with mirrors that would let him see inside my eye in detail.
He also mentioned it would sting a bit so he added an anaesthetic drop to the other drops in my eye.
I guess he put the lens directly on my eye — I have no idea. More intensely bright light while he had a good look around, and then that was it.
He declared that there weren’t any tears or anything that needed to be laser welded back together, that he’d write to my optometrist and we were done.
However, my left eye was, and still is, a bit foggy in spots. That was what I was really hoping he would fix, so I asked him about it.
As far as I can recall he said the problem is the vitreous gel changes consistency, causing the fog, and it should eventually sort itself out.
I paid my bill and wandered off, pretty much unable to see anything out of my left eye, thanks to the various drops and whatnot. It was a gorgeous day so I strolled at a leisurely pace down through the Botanic Gardens and through town, stopping for lunch, to Kent Terrace where I needed to pick up our car.
When I arrived home a couple of hours later I took a good look at my eyes in the mirror. My left pupil was incredibly dilated — no wonder I couldn’t focus on anything with that eye. It was almost 12 hours before the pupil returned to its normal size.
So today I can actually see better than I have for the last week or two. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. Perhaps:
- my eye is getting better and the vitreous is settling down; or
- I’m adjusting to the slightly blurry vision in the left eye and seeing ‘around’ it; or
- the blurry patches are still there, but drifting to the bottom and out of sight as the eye specialist suggested they might.
Another theory I have is that the intensely bright light the specialist used shocked my eye into submission.
In any case, there’s no physical damage and I don’t need laser surgery, so that’s good news. Now I just need the patch of fog to clear.