Thursday, 24 January 2013

Discharged from the Eye Clinic!!!

On January 10th, just over a year after my retinal detachment surgery I had my '6 month' post op check up.

It involved a field of vision test, and the usual eye poking stuff.


There is no sign of a cataract - these usually appear within 6 months after surgery and I'll probably get one at some point, but who knows when (I do like to defy the odds).

My eyes are both fine. The op eye (my left) has settled nicely and everything is as it should be. And so I HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED. No more eye appointments for me!

I'm now under the care of the optician/gp as everyone else is for their eye care so if I do feel there is a problem I just go to my doctor to get referred.

I feel relieved. Eyes are so precious and it is amazing to know that things should be settled for a while.

In other news - I am 17 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child. My midwife, when I mentioned the operation, told me that I'd have to be referred to the consultant to see what he thought about labour strain on my eyes. I've yet to see him but my eye doctor says that there is no reason why I can't have a natural birth and that she doesn't think that there is a risk to my eyes. Which is fabulous!

Hopefully I'll not need to update this blog ever again, or at least for a fair while! I hope if you've found this through google that it has been some use to you!


  1. Thanks for the post, and this is the first time that I've ever heard of retinal detachment. And I hope that everything goes well with you with recovery.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so glad that all is going well with your recovery and that you no longer need to constantly visit the eye doctor. It really is amazing what can be done in the medical field now a days. Thank you again for sharing your story.

    Julie Bennet| retinal detachment chicago

  3. My friend recently had to take his son to a retinal surgeon in Chicago. It was sad what happened, but yet you can't help but laugh at the oddity of it. His son was in the school choir and was on risers behind the band, the percussion section. He passed out, fell forward and hit his face on the snare drum. Had to have retinal surgery from hitting so hard.

  4. Great post! I enjoy reading through your blog. Thanks for sharing your story!

  5. It means a lot and helps so many others out there to read your story who are also diagnosed with retinal detachment. I had a close friend who had retinal detachment and she shared this blog with me. I hope all is well with you and thanks again for sharing your experiences.

    Jessie |

  6. My grandmother got retinal detachment surgery and within 8 months there was signs of cataract. Fortunately they were able to do another surgery and get rid of it, otherwise she could have become blind. Thanks for sharing this, I appreciate how positive you were through it all. Even while defying the odds!

  7. That is great that there are no signs of retinal detachment. I have herd that it can cause big problems and blind spots in your eyesight. My brother recently had eye surgery and they are hoping that he will not have cataracts too.

  8. Hi, Im 3 days post surgery so sitting here with the gas bubble and a sore and gritty eye, luckily I dont have to posture, jusr sleep on my left side...I consider myself very lucky! Thanks for sharing your story, its heartening to read such a positive outcome. Im really glad that there seems to be no ill effects from the RD , hopefully youll never have to go thru this again.
    All the best x
    P.s I cant find the apostrophe with just one eye so forgive me ;-)