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July 11, 2006
Taking Some Time Out To Focus .... Literally

Just got back from an eye exam -- and I can't see worth a darn for now. Will post more and read e-mail later.

(Man I hope I typed this correctly!)

UPDATE, 10:00 PM: I got my eyes dilated this afternoon, and I'm just now getting to the point where I can read my e-mail if I use the largest text size display. It tuns out that I have a condition known as retinoschisis, in my case a pretty benign issue. On the edge of my retina (in both eyes, as it turns out), I have a bubble between a couple of the retinal layers. I've probably had it for decades, but it only got discovered at my last eye exam because of improving technology. According to the site, it's a disease mostly found in boys and young men. It's nowhere near as bad in my case as the information there makes out, and the retinal surgeon who consulted today told me I will likely have no complications from it -- but I need to make sure it gets checked regularly to ensure it doesn't expand.

If you don't already know an optometrist with the capability of taking retinal photographs, which is how this got discovered in my case, I would suggest checking around until you do. This relatively new tool can find conditions before they start causing real problems.

I'll have to hang it up for the night -- I still can't read text easily -- but I should be back on line tomorrow.

UPDATE II: I should clarify this. I believe what I have is typical retinoschesis. Another form, called reticular retinoschesis, can cause plenty of problems; it's this type that usually is found in boys and young men. According to the prognosis I got from the retinal specialist, I have the former and not the latter.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 11, 2006 6:11 PM

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