The ophthalmic surgeon's diagnosis at my emergency appointment on Monday, September 30, 2013: You have a detachment.
Then he phoned a retinal surgeon. My dear friend S, who had fortuitously and coincidentally arrived late Saturday to redecorate my back porch, drove me to the day's second appointment a few minutes away.
By Wednesday afternoon, I was on the operating table: vitrectomy, pneumatic retinopexy, and scleral buckle. Mr. AOW has more information at his blog, including a graphic video.
As I think back, the retina in my left eye must have detached between 3:00 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 28, because around the end of that time frame, I lost depth perception and almost rear ended a stopped vehicle on the interstate as Mr. AOW and I were returning from a car cruise-in. A few hours later, I started experiencing severe visual distortion and lost the lower left quadrant of the vision in my left eye.
That left eye has been sending out distress signals since July, but, until recently, the retina had been healthy.
Pneumatic retinopexy, which requires a face down position for at least four days, 45 minutes of every hour, 24/7:
This chair was required for those miserable days:
Actually, I used the chair infrequently. Instead, I opted for sleeping face down in the bed.
The scleral buckle is permanent:
Right now, the vision in my left eye is severely compromised. I'm looking out through the gas bubble.
Don't take your eyesight for granted. It can deteriorate without warning. In the blink of an eye.
[Thanks to Sam for all his help here at Always On Watch]