Nearly a decade ago I had a partially detached retina. Fortunately I caught it in time so there was no noticeable permanent change in my vision. When the doctor found the partially detached retina, it was also discovered that I had a few more retinal holes that had to be addressed for fear that they would lead to more issues with my retina. I had laser surgery to basically seal these holes and prevent any further damage. After that experience, it was emphasized that I have yearly exams to make sure nothing changed and I had no new holes.
Today, I returned to the eye doctor for my yearly follow up and exam. What a nice experience when for the first time, I left the doctor with good news. Outstanding news, in fact. He said my retinas looked actually improved compared to the last time I had images taken of them in 2012. Moreover, my vision was unchanged meaning that I did not need new glasses or lenses. This is the first time I’ve ever been to the eye doctor without a referral to a retinal specialist or without a new prescription. I don’t mean to sound alarmist or sensationalize my experiences. It’s not as if they are rushing me to the ER with a detached retina. But, I’m used to at least a little something needing to be tweaked. But this time, nothing. Nada.
I have to return in a year to make sure the trend continues, but this was one medical first that was certainly welcomed.