When I went to get my vision checked in November last year, the optometrist referred me to an ophthalmologist to check out "some things going on" in my eyes. Both doctors mentioned the presence of "floaters." Since the floaters weren't in my line of vision, and since the doctors told me they were very common, I wasn't the least bit concerned.
All that changed late Thursday night. A new floater popped up, one that appears to be hovering about three inches in front and just to the right of my right eye. It's a group of little black "threads" that have joined together to look like a side view of a fairly large mosquito. I've known a couple of other people who have had floaters, and they've told me, "Eventually, I got used to it." I'm counting on that.
In the meantime, it's driving me insane. I never realized how many tiny eye movements are involved in the routine business of life, but there are thousands of them. And with each little upward or downward or left-to-right flicker, this bug-thing darts in front of me. Have you ever used a computer mouse that wasn't adjusted correctly so that the slightest movement of the mouse made the cursor jump clear across the screen? That's how this floater moves.
It's distracting when I read, although its position keeps it from blocking the words I need to see. If I'm reading the left-hand page of a book, the floater flutters around on the right-hand page. If I'm reading the right-hand page, the floater crawls around on my hand. It flies all over the place when I'm looking at the computer screen.
Yesterday, after drinking a cold Diet Coke, I glanced into the glass and saw a "bug" sitting on the pile of ice cubes. I moved my eyes and, in my peripheral vision, saw it fly away.
The floater is much less noticeable when I watch TV as it seems to get lost in the motion. I noticed the same thing yesterday when I was driving; it didn't bother me at all. Maybe I need to do more things that involve movement.
Or maybe I'll just wait and see if I get used to it.
SPEAKING OF EYES...
Doctors who advertise on television fascinate me. They are probably quite competent in the performance of their professional services, but often their amateurish commercials make them seem to lack confidence.
On the other hand, there's one local eye surgeon who speaks with assurance of his abilities and of his experience: "more than 20,000 Lasik surgeries." He makes me believe he's probably quite good at what he does. Still, there's just something about him...