An eye-opening experience

A person's face behind eye test lenses.

I had an eye-opening experience recently. Quite literally.

Being a dad of three, I’ve seen many things not for the faint of heart. I’ve also had my fair share of corneal abrasions thanks to my kids.

So I may have been forgiven for thinking I’d seen it all – much like Lord of the Rings’ Sauron. But that was one in the eye for me!

Ever since I started my new job, I’ve had a bit of a problem with my eyes. Namely, small shapes appearing in my peripheral vision that don’t go away when I blink.

I assumed it was down to either my new working environment – which is much brighter than my rather gloomy office at home – or adjusting to the new glasses I got just before I started.

So I didn’t do anything about it at first. Eventually, worry got the better of me – last year’s health scare was still fresh in my mind – and I went to the doctor.

He was able to rule out a detached retina – phew – and declared my blood pressure perfect. Even so, he said I needed to see an optician to eliminate anything else.

A few days later, I had an appointment which involved photos being taken of the back of my eyes. I had to have some drops put in beforehand to fully dilate my pupils.

A man with dilated pupils. An eye-opening experience!

It felt a bit like my eyes were on fire – I told you I was like Sauron – and, as they took effect, my vision became blurry in the time it took to text my wife. I couldn’t read a single word and everything suddenly seemed incredibly bright. Somehow, though, I managed to find the camera app and snap a selfie to see how weird my eyes looked.

Several tests involving staring at bright lights later, a conclusion was reached. There’s nothing to worry about. I have a common condition known as floaters. And, yes, I laughed at the name.

The tiny spots in my peripheral vision are nothing more than internal debris caused by ageing. I’ll be 40 in a month and my body seems to be trolling me.

I just need to get used to them and that’s that. So that’s this year’s health scare over and done with. More of a sore one than a Sauron but an eye-opening experience indeed!

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