eyes

Mar. 18th, 2009 02:01 pm
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I woke up at about 10h00. It took until ~13h30 for my eyes to wake up (stop feeling like they were full of stuff). Then I got one of my visual migraines. Unfortunately it is the one with drop shadows, not the one with the pretty colours that go away within half an hour. Could hardly see to read. I took some AC&C. After almost two hours, I could see again, but it hadn't taken care of the headache. I was fragile for the rest of the day.

But, while looking for that post with the drop shadows, I found one that said I had paid my car registration, late, in April. After a whole bunch of hunting, I found the receipt. It was for driver's license renewal. That's why I thought my car registration had been taken care of. That $438 fine is due next week. :(
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I went to the ophthalmologist today, well, yesterday at this point. I'm not sure what to make of her. I showed her a printout that gives an idea of what I see, when my vision goes weird.
I explained that I see any one of those, depending on how severe the episode is. The last one is what I usually see.

She gave me the eye chart exam. She had me look through a thing with a bunch of tiny holes. She put eye drops. She did a bunch of tests. She put those awful drops that dilate your pupils. She looked in my eyes with some very bright lights shining in my eye.

She said I need glasses. She said it was an eye problem, not a neurological problem, because I could see more clearly through the thing with the tiny holes (pin hole camera effect). She also told me I have glaucoma. Yikes. She gave me a prescription for eye drops. I am only supposed to use them in my right eye. I have an appointment to come back on 31 July so they can see if these drops work on me.

I really don't understand about the glasses fixing the problem. Sure, I need glasses, but the problem varies enough that I'll need four or five different prescriptions.

She said that the skin below my eyes was puffy. That might be age or it might be thyroid. So, I will be having my thyroid levels tested as well as getting tested for diabetes, which could also affect my eyes.

One of the possible side effects of the eye drops is that my eyelashes might get darker, thicker, and longer. She said most women don't mind that one.
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Back in April I went to the Jewish General Hospital's emergency for my vision. Here's a link to the journal entry.

I was given a referral to the ophthalmology clinic. I called in early May. I kept on calling and kept on leaving my name, hospital card number, and phone number. No one called. Eventually, I got a person. She said it would take six months to a year to get an appointment. Would I please fax the referral? Then they would decide how quickly I would get the appointment. Someone would call to make the appointment.

I sent the fax on the 13th of May. Today I phoned again. Luckily, I got a person on the first try. She couldn't find the fax. She asked me about something it said on the referral, so I told her it said "To ophthalmology" and "From neurology ER".

her, "Well, that would probably be Dr.____ ." (can't remember the name she said) She went and looked. She found it. She said we could make the appointment now.

her, "How is June 10 at 1:30 PM? "
me, "This year?"
her, "Yes."
me, "That's great."

w00t!

But, I have a small, niggely worry. Why am I getting that appointment so quickly? Are they that concerned about this vision weirdness? Or did I just get lucky?

Update

Apr. 24th, 2008 11:41 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] hendrikboom gave us a lift to the Jewish General Hospital's emergency room. Thank you again Hendrik. We got there about 23h on Tuesday. I saw the triage nurse and gave her the request for consultation with an ophthalmologist from the doctor at the clinic. She took my pulse, blood pressure, and temperature - all with one nifty machine with digital read outs. She handed me some paper work and told me to register next door. I waited about 20 minutes, while the lady who handled registration spoke on the phone and finished some paper work. Then the big wait began. Read more... )

vision

Apr. 23rd, 2008 09:53 pm
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I thought my eyes were tired. But, a nap didn't help. My vision has gone a bit peculiar today. I phone Info-Sante and was told that I should go to a clinic right away. [livejournal.com profile] xipetotec (thank you again) gave me and [livejournal.com profile] swestrup to The West Island Medical Centre. I was examined by a very nice doctor. He was baffled by my "double, but offset" vision. Especially since it happens even when I close one eye. He wrote me a "consultation" and told me to get to an emergency ward tonight. He told me to go downtown, because the Lakeshore General doesn't have any residents on duty, so they wouldn't be able to do anything more for me than he could (he works there, so he knows). [livejournal.com profile] xipetotec picked us up and I'm about to have supper. I'm not waiting for hours in hospital waiting room, trying to eat vending machine crap.

More later.

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