Retinal detachment, 5 October 2016

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Eye sight is important for us photographers. Last Wednesday i felt something was awry with my right eye. By early afternoon I put my finger on it – the vision was slowly disappearing from the top left of my right eye and working its way across my field of view. Within an hour of realising what was going on I was at my optometrist who offered me a taxi to the Wellington A&E. By Thursday morning the surgeon had put me at the top of his list and operated on my eye to reattach my retina. To say the last week has been anything but stressful would be a lie. Underneath it though I have such a huge sense of relief that we live in a place where we can be “fixed” when we “break”. Our eyesight is so important and mine was taken VERY seriously. Now I have no vitreous humour in the eye and seeing is different. I spend the nights exploring new universes as the light refracts through my gas filled eye that is gradually filling with fluid again. During the days my brain battles as it tries to make sense of the information coming from each eye – they cannot be put together to make sense yet. I sleep for hours!

My image today is an attempt at showing you what I see from my right eye – not much. I cannot say it is not beautiful and that I don’t disappear off into my own private world of visual fantasy as I tilt my head one way and another before the fear returns. The camera cannot see what I see and what i see is not functional. On one level I want it all to come back to normal, on another I want to enjoy the journey. I fear that function will not return and reflect on the words I shared with my father when he went blind “the rules of the game have changed Dad, you have to play a new game”. Like him, I do not want to play any new games but am preparing myself for the possibility that I might have to.

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  11 Responses to “Retinal detachment, 5 October 2016”

  1. Bruce, I can’t imagine how you felt at the time and how you feel now but my thoughts are very much with you.
    Thanks for making the effort to post.
    All the best going forward.

  2. Dear Bruce. I hope that time will result in perfect vision returning to that eye. I hope the other eye still has normal vision. You did well to recognise you had a big problem and seek medical help so fast. Best wishes

  3. Is it inappropriate to say that I think this is a beautiful image – what is it about blurred stuff that appeals so much to me !!

  4. Stay strong and make the most of what you have ,I have learned this over the last 2 years. Things get thrown at you, I believe to test us, how we deal with it is up too us. My thoughts are with you.

  5. Oh Bruce, I can only begin to imagine the fear you have felt. It is a way to explore new universes indeed, but I really hope that you will be able to explore them in the future from a place of choice and memory, as your vision restores. I wish this very much for you. And speedy recovery. Thank you for opening OUR eyes. Much love!

  6. I’m so sorry you’ve had this scare, Bruce, but well done for recognising the problem, monitoring its progress, and reacting so quickly. And thank you for sharing your experience here – a reminder to everyone that while you don’t want to become a hypochondriac, it’s a good idea to be in tune with what’s normal for your body. Here’s wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

  7. Hi Bruce – Heighten the other senses to explore your creativity further. Keep writing and being the grateful person you are for your being. All the best .. trust .. fear is a great driver when used well overcoming that fear is making peace with yourself ..see where it takes you ..note it down … sleeping heaps is fantastic for recovery calms the bodies systems for repair and growth … hope you don’t mind my mumble jumble response. I’m glad it’s not me I don’t know how I’d cope you are brave… Kind regards to you and your family ✨🙏🌻

  8. Another example of how good the people in our health system are….

    And a very big wake up at how vital our vision is – I get grumpy at having to lug around reading glasses so to have a problem of this magnitude must feel very threatening. Hang in there and remember that our body and brain have an incredible ability to repair and adapt.

  9. Bruce, you have been coping extraordinarily well. Thanks for sharing – the image is pretty much as you described it. Hope it’s all positive progress from now on.

  10. Dear Bruce ,thinking of you and know how unsettling it can be to not know how things are going to work out. Keep up your positive attitude. I sure your family will be a great support and you have lots of friends wishing you the best. So thinking positive thoughts and all the best.

  11. Bruce. Your story is terrifying. I very much applaud your brave attitude towards this experience. Sending you lots of love xxx

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