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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Valuing My Vision

What would you do if the doctor told you that you have a problem with your vision and could possibly go blind? How would you feel? How would you react? I cannot imagine what I would do if that happened to me. But it is something that my co-worker recently went through. As someone who has had bad vision my entire life, losing my eyesight is something that has made me very scared and more determined to value my vision.

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My officemate was having migraines a lot, we all thought that it was from the stress of work and the pandemic. That and the fact that she is functioning as a single parent at home since her husband is working overseas. She has always been wearing reading glasses, so she figured the headache could also be the result of needed to change her glasses — something that she has been putting off because of the pandemic. 

The only time that she found out that her headaches were a result of something else was when she was in so much pain that her family had to take her to the hospital. This was when they found out that there was too much fluid accumulating in her eye, which was not being drained by her ocular veins. It was causing the pressure that was giving her headaches. She was told by her doctor that if she had not gone to the hospital when she did, her eye would have become blind from the pressure. She has had it operated on, but it has not gone back to the way it used to be. She was advised to have her other eye operated on as well so that they could prevent the same thing from happening to it. She is putting off that second surgery though, since her first eye surgery did not result in the kind of vision she expected, and she was worried about what would happen to her if both her eyes ended up blurry.

It was surprising to hear that her doctor told her to limit her water intake since the water could add to the fluid in her eyes. It turned out that she was born with very thin veins, which was why it accumulated fluid fast and was not able to drain it properly. My co-worker was a twin, and the working theory was that she did not grow the veins to the right size because she was sharing nutrients with her twin. 

The possibility of something like that happening, for a person to suddenly must be open to the possibility of suddenly being blind or having bad vision for the rest of your life is a scary prospect. I have had eye issues since I was a child, but it was not an issue that concerned me until recently when I discovered that I needed reading glasses. 

Getting older and losing my vision is a reality that I must face. I know that I can get surgery for it but with my fears about going out during this pandemic that is not likely to happen. I wish I could do something to stop the clock, I wish I could improve my vision naturally, but I don’t know how that is possible.

I cannot imagine living the rest of my life without vision. I love watching movies and TV, I love reading books. I love taking photos. It would break my heart if this happened. It is not something that I would want anyone to experience. 

My officemate will be having a second surgery for her other eye soon. But there is still no guarantee that her vision will be back to normal. I hope that things turn out OK. It will give me hope that we can still have a win in this pandemic. 

I need that hope. I need that win.


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