It was my turn to be on the other side of the exam chair.
I was sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon, when I first saw sparks of light out of the corner of my right eye. At first, they occurred a few times an hour. By Sunday night, they were happening a few times a minute. They moved in curved arcs along my peripheral vision.
Since I happen to know people trained in eye care, I sent a text to the office staff to tell them what was happening.
They asked me all of the right questions:
- Did you sustain an injury to the eye? No
- Was there a curtain falling across my vision? – No
- Did you see a sudden shower of floaters? – No
- Any loss of vision? – No
- Any pain? – No
Dr. Moran asked me, “What would you tell a patient who called with these symptoms?” I answered, “We would tell them to call us if it gets worse, or they can answer YES to any of the above questions. We would then schedule them for a dilated exam the next day.”
I understood everything that I was told. It was a “classic textbook” issue. I have spoken to patients who were experiencing the same symptoms, and explained that they should come in for an exam, but not to worry. Flashes can be a common occurrence.
But…I must admit that it felt different being the patient. Even though I understood what was happening, I felt better after checking in with Dr. Moran and the rest of the team.
By the next morning, the symptoms had stopped. I had a very thorough dilated eye exam, and everything was normal. I knew that the sparks of lights were caused by the vitreous tugging on the retina, which is common. It is seen more often in older adults. I am 58, so I fit that profile. I knew that the issue was most likely age-related.
When you are having an issue with your eyes, don’t delay, contact our office.
We will ask you the key questions that mean the difference between an emergency, or something that can wait until you can come into the office for an exam.
You can feel confident that you are in good hands with Dr. Moran and the staff at Moran Eye Associates. We take your concerns seriously, because we know what it is like to be on the other side of the exam chair.
P.S. Almost two months later all is well. I am very aware of the importance of follow up exams, and will make sure to see my ophthalmologist regularly! Bobbi