(detaching retina?) she looks down, all ok; looks fwd, wavy focus

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by David Combs, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. David Combs

    David Combs Guest

    Was told tonight of a phone call a few hours earlier
    from a friend who said her vision was screwed-up.

    If she looked at her hand when placed in her lap, ie
    face pointing down, she saw her hand just as before, OK.

    However, when she looked at her hand held out front, ie
    arm horizontal, face facing the wall (and hand), focus
    varied all over the place.

    Sounds to me like retina coming loose, maybe?

    I was told this at after 11pm tonight, "too late
    to call her, already in bed", so the above is all
    I know.

    What with tomorrow being Saturday, doctors probably not
    working, and who knows what they might have in nearby
    emergency room (this is out in the country and, as far
    as I understand, nowhere's near to a city, ie teaching
    hospital, etc), what should I advise her to do?

    (Besides "don't get into a boxing match!")

    I mean, is it save to ride in a car (perhaps somewhat bumpy road)?

    Lie on bed, head looking at ceiling?

    Of course, *phone* emergency room and talk to some
    on (or off) duty vision-person (opthalmalogist?) and
    describe problem.


    Anyway, seems a bit odd that looking DOWN would be ok, whereas
    looking FORWARD wouldn't. ie, just what is a detached or
    detaching or bubbling-up retina, and with what visual effects?


    Anyway, thanks, I'll look here for replies at maybe
    7am and then phone her.

    Will also google detached-retina, and see what I find.


    David Combs, Aug 9, 2008
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    Dr Judy Guest

    The only sensible thing for her to do is go to emergency. Could be
    any number of things, but only an exam can tell for sure. Any ER will
    be able to refer her to an eye surgeon on call.

    Dr Judy, Aug 9, 2008
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  3. David Combs

    David Combs Guest

    Thanks for the info!

    She has since found out that it's a problem with
    one of her cranial nerves, which they say might
    first get worse, but would back to normal in
    six weeks or so.

    David Combs, Aug 12, 2008
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