Retinal latticing is such a sweet sorrow
So yesterday was my (slightly belated) one year post-laser eye surgery #2 check up with my optometrist. It was also my annual eye exam, since it was time for that anyway. I looked through various machines, clicked various buttons, determined whether I could see better through “1 or 2, 1 or 2, 1 or 2″ and had photos taken of my retinas through my eye drop-induced gigantic pupils:”
And everything looks the same as before – my vision is 20/20 overall, with slightly better than 20/20 in my right eye and slightly worse than 20/20 in my left eye, exactly as it was at my 6 month check up. Eye pressure is good, cornea & lenses look good, and retinal latticing looks the same as last time. My optometrist assures me that having some thinning at the bottom of my retinas is not a big deal – it’s usually only if you have thinning at the top of the retina that you are at real risk of it detaching, as gravity pulls it down1. And, since monitoring my retinal latticing is considered a medical issue2, my optometrist can bill my provincial health coverage for about half the cost of my eye exam. So I try not to worry about it too much, though when I do think about it it totally weirds me out!
- note to self: don’t do too many handstands [↩]
- as opposed to routine eye exams, which aren’t covered by MSP [↩]