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Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 5:53 AM


This morning I used a wager token. I was rewarded with an easy question. The answer was given away in words 5-7 of the question. Which I never saw.

You heard me. I've apparently developed a blind spot the size of New Mexico. And my canary in the mine just keeled over. How can I trust myself any longer? So not only can I no longer compete here, I'm really afraid what else? Should I start thinking of turning in my driver's license? (And the scary thing is, I thought I had the household's good driving eyes.) How can I function when supposedly in my working prime, with no nest egg yet built up, and presumably decades left to live? I'm sure many among you have faced visual degradation do you cope?

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 6:03 AM

Is this macular degeneration?
Have you had your eyes properly checked?


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 6:09 AM

And a lot of computer work is a risk factor for vitreous detachment (similar to what Al had) so get to the eye doctor right away.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3353)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 6:14 AM

Ken - trust me, it's not the eyes, it's the brain. The Sploofus section of your brain has developed a worn spot from overuse. The only solution is a week on a beach with soft breezes and the sounds of lapping waves. A fruity drink or two wouldn't hurt either.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 6:42 AM

Oh great. Brain damage

And yes, I see an eye doc annually ... plus a regular physical coming in a few weeks.

As for the detachment, we've already had one in the family, and I've yet to see any of the other warning signs -- floaters, etc. But I'll keep close watch on what happens.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 7:07 AM

Good news - was getting worried there. Is there a family history of cataracts? I actually developed them at age 37 and needed surgery (felt just great being in a room with fifteen 80 and 90 year olds). They came up quickly and I had what seemed like a film in one of my eyes especially noticeable when I closed the other.
Of course there was the time when all of a sudden I had this red spot in front of my eyes and thought I was bleeding - it was spaghetti sauce from supper - maybe you need to clean your glasses

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 7:39 AM

Floaters mean something?

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 7:39 AM

You think you're old? ..................................... (

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 8:07 AM


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 8:23 AM

Now, first of all, I didn't think anybody would post in this thread!

Second, I didn't come in because I'm....I'm......ol.....what was the question?


Uh oh. I've had floaters since I was 35, proofreading and editing for FlightSafety, 8 hours a day. I just thought they were kind of a cute nuisance (it's either think of them that way or gouge my eyeballs out). That's been a couple of decades these things have been a part of me, but I thought they just came with the territory of ol....ol.....well, you know.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 8:32 AM

Personally, I am happy to be an aging sploofuser. I do not look forward to, or want to hasten, the day when I become a non-aging sploofuser. Look twice, answer once. i have decided speed is not connection is never that blazing fast, anyway.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 8:37 AM

I was told last year that I had cataracts in the very early stage. Will need surgery in future. No problems yet other than affecting night vision a little and long stretches of reading. Bought a Amazon Kindle 2 and solved the reading problem and staying out of saloons at night solved the other Not sure but I believe cataracts are hereditary so it was just a matter of time in my case.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 8:43 AM

I'm having my annual eye exam today. I used to not think it was important until I started getting headaches from the strain of being on a computer about 13 hours a day. Now I am religious about it. Same with the dentist.

Now if someone could just make me to go to the doctor.....

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 9:09 AM

Okay, Lodi......I lost my cousin this year that I dearly loved. She too refused to go to a Dr. yearly. She had NOT had a physical for 7 or 8 years. She was younger than me. Three of her children will have their own children in January and she won't be here to see those babies.......much less watch them grow up. She had colon cancer which can be cured if gotten to in time. NOW, make an appointment.....remember, I know where you live, have steel knees and can kick your butt......well I could a little bit anyway. Why play Russian Roulette with your life? That goes for the rest of you also. My yearly physical is next week.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 11:05 AM

I will be making my appointments today. I do NOT want my butt kicked with steel knees.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 12:26 PM

Ken. If you have discovered a blind spot or are experiencing light flashes, get thee to an ophthalmologist right away! Most folks have a floater or two. Most don't even notice them. BUT!! If you have a "shower of floaters" or suddenly have a haze across your line of vision, or it seems as if a curtain is lowering across your line of vision, don't hesitate or wait for a better day to see an eye doc, All of these symptoms can spell big trouble for your sight. GET YOUR BUTT TO AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST RIGHT AWAY!!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 1:17 PM

I don't know the name of the exam, but when I get my eyes checked yearly by my optometrist, I pay the $40 insurance and medicare won't pay for the indepth photos of the eye. My brother has macular degeneration so I keep close watch on that. At my last checkup a few months ago the test showed no change over the past 7 years and no lens change in the past few years.

Also, Slicko can correct me if I'm wrong, but can't eye problems also be undiagnosed (untreated) diabetes?

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 1:33 PM

The last time I had my eyes checked (free Lions Club screening) he said I had pressure in back of eyes. I have no insurance and just use cheaters for reading I am not a senior citizen. He said I should go to eye doctor which I can't afford and have no health insurance. I don't know what pressure is and I don't have diabetes was screened free for that. I am hoping to get insurance at new job when eligible. Maybe someone kind can tell me what pressure is. Please I don't want dissertation on insurance as I simply don't have it and can't afford it without it being company sponsored.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 1:34 PM

Eye problems can also be caused by what is called "Benign migraines." You start with a fuzziness or halo effect around the object you're viewing, then the blur area moves in until it is centered in your vision, but the area around it is now clear.

Do you wear a necktie or tight collar at work? Anything that restricts blood flow to the brain also restricts blood flow to the eyes.

But the earlier post was right. If you have reached great success on Sploofus, you are probably overtaxing your eyes. My recommendation is that everyone with an overall ranking of, say, 137 or higher should immediately take a couple of weeks off from playing Sploofus in order to rest your eyes and brain.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 2:10 PM

A couple of years ago I thought there was some kind of dust bunny floating around in my car -- then I realized it was in my left eye. I went straight to my ophthamalogist who said it looked like a torn retina; she found a retinologist to see me immediately (I love it that the doctors here are well networked, she found the best). I had to drive myself there, about 20 miles, and was thoroughly evaluated. He told me it was good I got there right away, it was a tear, not a detachment. He gave me about 50 laser shots into the eyeball to seal the tear. I still have one floater, he said it's a little blood and will dissipate over time. The floater seems more pronounced when I'm tired.

I don't know what I would have done had I not had insurance. Let it go and risk a retinal tear? Drive with compromised vision? I have huge compassion for those who have no coverage, moreso if children are deprived. But do I feel 'lucky' I have insurance? No, I worked for years for that benefit, even then there were employers who offered nothing -- insurance, retirement, nada. Unfortunately there are more of them today.

Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 4:26 PM

Bobo - I'm assuming by pressure you mean fluid pressure inside the eye. I don't know much about it but I do know it can be a sign of other problems or can mean certain problems are more likely like glaucoma. I'm sure there will be someone better able to explain.

Larrybus  (Level: 320.3 - Posts: 385)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 4:41 PM

I've had floaters appearing for years now, and they're both a "normal" part of aging and a cause for concern, because they can also be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment, as Madamec8 has described. See an ophthalmologist ASAP. They should treat it as urgent, if not an emergency, depending on your symptoms. But your symptoms seem worse than mine.

If you're very nearsighted, you have a greater risk for retinal detachment. Another possibility, if the blind spot is in the same area in BOTH eyes, is a stroke or mini-stroke. I hope that's not it.

But get it looked at soon!

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Mon, 13th Jul '09 5:59 PM

I agree with everyone who's been suggesting that you get yourself to a doctor soon. I've had trouble with my corneas for years, and my doctor always says to limit PC work. Yeah, right. I have to use special eyedrops. Anyway, my problem has nothing to do with yours, but I just wanted to offer you support. Please keep us posted! As corny as it might sound, I'm sending you positive, healing thoughts!

-- Geri

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:40 AM

About 2 1/2 years ago, I had an attack of Bell's Palsy. Not a nice thing in itself, as it makes one side of your face sag badly, but my doctor gave me some Cortisone treatment, which fixed my face ok, Some time after that I noticed that my eyesight was failing, and on examination, I was told I had catteracts, which had almost certainly been triggered by the cortisone treatment. As the health service where I live in Spain, eas in a mess, I went private, and had Multifocal lenses fitted. This cost me about $7500, equivalent, but I tell you this is the best money I have ever spent. As my wife pointed out, between the two of us, when we were both smokers, we sent that much up in smoke in a couple of years or less. Thankfully. neither my wife ( 15 years) or I ( 18 years) smoke now.

Allena  (Level: 268.7 - Posts: 1424)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 11:14 AM

The blind spot is probably reading too fast ... not an eye issue. Your left brain is no doubt much more active lately as you disect computer problems while your intuitive brain (right) is taking a vacation. Since, at Sploofus, you have relied on Holistic Synthesizing as evidenced by your amazing speed on Word problems etc. I suspect that you have had a decrease in right brain diegestion. That should return with a little relaxation and bridge.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 2:34 PM

Ok, gang, got my eyes nice and checked. Or is it plaid? I'll be sure when my pupils undilate. The good news is no major problems. I may have had a little unwanted action from a foreign particle over the weekend, but it's nowhere to be found, and everything should heal fine. Next, we'll look for (new) neurological disorders ...

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:02 PM

Sign of aging - action that is unwanted.

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:13 PM

LMAO @ Lodi

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 4:31 PM

About 2 years ago, I noticed a little redness in my left eye, but thought it was no big deal, so I ignored it. After 2 days, I had a vicious headache and my eye was extremely red. Went to the emergency room, and was immediately sent to an opthamologist with a severe case of Iritis. After a month of visiting the opthamologist 3 times a week, and using eye drops as frequently as every 15 minutes, it finally started to clear up.

A couple of weeks ago, I started to feel pain around that eye again, so I immediatley called my opthamologist and the Iritis has flared up again. This time we caught it earlier, so the trreatment isn't as radical as the first time.

Take my word for it, when it comes to your eyes, don't mess around.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 14th Jul '09 7:01 PM

Amen Crazy. Amen.

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