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November 10, 2005
One of those days ...
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I had a flat tire going to a meeting today. Nice guy next to me jumped out at a light to let me know. Got the truck back to the office - borrowed a car - went to my meeting - got the tire changed about 9:00 PM.

Why so late? At some point this afternoon my glasses frames broke up on one side and the lens is, oh, somewhere west of Seattle - anyone's guess is as good as mine. So I had to go to the vision center store and talk them into 1) giving me an exam after hours, and 2) getting me some glasses made by tomorrow, because I'm leaving for Japan again on Sunday and I have a hard enough time reading street signs WITH my glasses.

Cool thing about the optometrist visit: I have had a long term condition called 'pigment dispersion syndrome' which, long story short, means that some of the color of my eyes rubs off and floats around inside my eyes. This is a potential precursor to pigmentary glaucoma - if the pigment clogs the tear ducts and elevates eye pressure. I've been under the - er, infrequent - care of an opthomologist for this condition for a decade or so. Why infrequent? Well, mostly because one of the things that they do during the supposedly semi-annual checkup is that they take a bright flash picture of each optic nerve. This is the general procedure: They pry your eyes open and put in some drops that dilate your pupils to about the size of quarters. Then they put you in a contraption that pretty much holds your head in a vise and holds each eye wide open. Then they take pictures with about a 100,000 candle power strobe - repeatedly - until they like the pictures. When you are done, it's pretty much hopeless to think that you could actually see anything for the rest of the day. I very much don't like this procedure.

The bright young man that I saw today had a new fangled piece of technology. No dilation. No bright lights. You just tuck your head in a view finder and a light blue laser light paints a grid across your eye - a little slower than a strobe flash and a lot less bright. This results in an incredible, instant, computer based photograph of not only the optic nerve - but all features of the eye. The software provides tools for making a variety of physical measurements right there with the mouse.

The optometrist was pretty enamored with my 'floaters' and decided to also do a field test, and further detailed pressure tests etc. which I'm happy to report all showed me as pretty normal (other than I've got a bunch of crap floating around in my aqueous humor). And I'll get to send these tests over to the opthomologist group without doing their evil photo op. I'll also let them know that unless they get one of these new contraptions, I'm going to the new kid in town - even more often than I show up at their place.

Since my eyes weren't dilated and I could see, I caught a cab back to the office and changed my tire.

So, bad day for tires, bad day for eyeglasses, good day for eye tests. Ciao!

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Wow, what a day! Glad everything turned out all right. I have a bunch of floaters too, annoying little buggers, but I don't think that mine are from the condition you have. I'll have to ask about that new machine at my eye doctor's because I hate the dilation pictures too. It seems to take longer every time for the stuff to wear off. And my eyes are super light sensitive to begin with. Ouch.

Japan again huh? Oh goody, does that mean that I can hope for more pictures? :)


EMCEE: I think we need to form an anti-dilation league! I'm in Tokyo - super busy, but hope to get some more pics somewhere somehow. Cheers!

Posted by: jan at Nov 11, 2005 7:46:47 AM

No dialation! I'm there.
I have strabisma and ambelopia so I'm the king of eye tests. As much money as i have had to drop at the eyedoctors I'm going to demad that he buys one of those and put a plaque on it "Financed via Rob."

EMCEE: Another Ant-Dilation team member! Hi Rob!

Posted by: Rob B. at Nov 11, 2005 1:04:44 PM

Those orbs of vision are an extension of your brain, I have had the dilation and the what can we do to you to get insurance bucks service and HOLY JEEZ that is my brain they are a playin' with.

Posted by: Shmoe at Nov 12, 2005 4:59:13 PM

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