I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my retina detached. While it was a scary time, I’ve learned a lot too!
I shared symptoms that I didn’t realize were huge warning signs but I’ve had a few things happen since my surgery.
Three Months After Surgery:
One of the things I noticed after surgery was my vision was still blurry. My surgeon decided that I needed a gas bubble. It sounds worse than it is. A gas bubble is inserted in the back of my eye ( yes you are awake and no it does not hurt ). I had a slight headache for a few hours but it went away. I also felt as if there was a black spot in the bottom right corner of my eye which took a little bit to get used to.
Six Months After Surgery:
After the gas bubble and surgery, we decided laser would be the best and hopefully final step. I went in, my gas bubble almost dissolved, and had the procedure done. You are also awake for this ( and again it’s not painful but it is uncomfortable). There is a microscope and a lens system, which looks similar to one that you use when they examine your eye. Your pupil is dilated as well as getting a freezing drop. You’re positioned so you are lying flat and then you’ll see bright flashes of green light directed towards your eye for about 5-10 minutes.
Healing wasn’t awful either. I just was told to lay on my right side for 2 days aka make sure you love your pillows! This cooling pillow is a personal favorite.
8 Months After Surgery:
I had my final appointment with my surgeon who checked my eye and saw that everything was finally healing nicely. I couldn’t wait to get my vision doctor and finally get a new prescription. I did get glasses that made me feel nauseous and a bit dizzy because I’m not used to having everything so clear out of both eyes. So far, we’re just taking it day by day and seeing how it plays out before moving onto contacts.
If you notice your vision changing, go get it checked out. While I knew my eye was not in any pain, It still needed to see a professional asap. A few things did help me like eye cooling masks, easy hair clips comfortable pajamas, a heating blanket, sunglasses, and a water bottle to keep me hydrated.