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Another danger of getting old

Old 12-10-17, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
If this all was happening to us in the 1960s, we'd be screwed. No laser surgery. No knee/hip replacements. No stents. The docs would be telling us to suck it up and use the other eye.
Amen! We live in a wonderful age and place, where we not only have the technology, we can afford to get stuff like torn retinas repaired, new knees and hips, and at the same time, titanium and carbon bikes. We're not singing "Old Rocking Chair's Got Me". We come here to both moan and to celebrate.
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Old 12-11-17, 03:43 PM
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what does "Somebody suddenly scribbled across my right eye with nice black ink" have to do with age?
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Old 12-11-17, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
what does "Somebody suddenly scribbled across my right eye with nice black ink" have to do with age?
That was the symptom. Caused by blood squirting into the inside my eyeball. The bleed is a 'common' issue with old folks. As the eye ages, the vitreous dries and shrinks. If it sticks to the retina, it can cause a tear (rip) as it slowly pulls away. The 'ink' is from blood blocking light to the retina. It dispersed, but that meant the vitreous was full of dissolved blood and was no longer clear. I had the tear cauterized by laser, but I'm left with a bunch of floaters - blood clumps floating around inside. They're supposed to go away eventually. For now, there's one obnoxious J-shaped one that likes to float right in the middle of my vision. Since it's my dominant eye, reading is an effort, especially if the print is small.
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Old 12-12-17, 06:06 AM
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I woke up one morning and it seemed that I was looking through a dark smudge. By noon, I could no longer see out of that eye. Quick trip to the eye doctor diagnosed it as a retinal hemorrhage. Some will stop bleeding and clear up on their own but this one was bad enough that I had to have a vitrectomy. Check that operation out on youtube.

Anyway, a retinal hemorrhage is not a tear but burst capillaries that are superfluous and can be caused by high blood pressure and a whole myriad of other issues.
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Old 12-12-17, 06:21 AM
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My retinas are monitored by a retinal- vitreous specialist because of lattice degeneration, which can result in a torn retina. One of the things the doctor told me is not to lift very heavy objects or exert my self to the limit. Exercise is fine, but exhaustion or extreme exertion could provoke a detachment.
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Old 12-12-17, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
That was the symptom
ooooh, gotcha. gee I hope you recover soon
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Old 12-17-17, 11:11 AM
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My granma said "any day you can get out of bed is a good day" and I fully believe that. Whether I get up hobbling, limping, or groaning, it's still a good day. And the aches and pains disappear when I ride. I only worry about the day I won't be able to get up...
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