Look after your eyes!
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28 November 2014 at 12:19 am #121565
I’ve been out of the shop for a few months after suffering from a very unusual type of glaucoma, the resulting (temporary) deterioration in vision, and side-effects of medication. It resulted in me needing surgery last month to relieve pressure in the eye and stop any permanent, irreversible damage from occurring.
I’m on the mend now but my vision in the affected eye is still pretty poor because of secondary problems caused by the main issue, and all the eye drops I’ve had to use. This will improve over time and, with a bit of luck, I should be back to normal vision in the not too distant future.
I’m gradually getting back in the shop, making a few Christmas presents (scoops!), but my eye dominance has changed so I’m finding sawing a bit odd. I have to get my left eye over my right hand, which is new.
My main point is that this whole ordeal was first detected at a routine annual eye test. The optician discovered the pressure in one eye was very high (the puff of air test any good optician does) and referred me to hospital. I would never have known what high intraocular pressure feels like, or what it meant!
We all rely on our eyesight to work with wood. Don’t neglect your eyes, and make sure to get them tested every year. You don’t realise how much you take them for granted until your sight is threatened!
"To know and not do is to not know"28 November 2014 at 12:58 am #121566
Sorry to hear that George, but in glad you are doing better and are expected to recover.
Keep us posted, and I would love to see the scoops when you are done. I just finished 7 spoons for family this Christmas
By the time I’m typing this , I wish you can read -it allright.
Thompson Setton said , once , something like : ‘Because I knew the pain of thurst , I want to dig a fountain , so others may drink from.’
Sight is ,indeed very important to everyone.
I know what and how you are feeling , because I can bearly see with my right eye , and I don’t think I’ll ever get it back. But I can still see that steel edge , that straight line , with my left eye…So , keep -it steady and don’t ‘PUSH !’ -it too hard …for a while…
Once again , ‘hope you’re allright. All my best wishes.
mihai28 November 2014 at 3:47 am #121571
Glad it was caught early before any lasting damage George. In one of my past jobs I made eyeglasses. In that work I saw all manner of patients with varying degrees of vision loss. Some from disease and some from injury. Either case is terrifying.
Yearly exams and take no chances. Safety glasses when there is any chance of possible injury.
http://hillbillydaiku.com28 November 2014 at 1:22 pm #121585
glad your on the mend George i get yearly glaucoma tests as my mum was a sufferer ,thankfully i,ve got no signs of it as yet but it is essential everyone gets checked because as you say there is help if its caught in time ,thanks for bringing it to everyones attention , heres to a speedy recovery .
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
,28 November 2014 at 4:06 pm #121593
Sorry to hear about your eye problem, but glad to know it’s getting better.
Hope you may recover it all, without any sequels, to be able to continue with good woodworking.
I try to keep the eyesight gift with care, and regular medical exams.
And how’s the little boy? Everything fine?
Ricardo29 November 2014 at 9:30 pm #121624
Get well soon George
Dagenham, Essex, England30 November 2014 at 9:14 pm #121657
Thanks for the kind words, guys.
@jotato I’ll post some photos once I’ve finished the batch – only got one more to make in a batch of three, so way less than you’re doing!
@rickcorradini Hi Ricardo! Arthur is great – crawling around and trying to pull himself up, eating lots and growing *very* quickly!
"To know and not do is to not know"1 December 2014 at 9:00 pm #121686
I too hope the eye continues getting better and is very soon back to its original sharpness once again, George. You’re spot on about how we often forget how much we depend on our eyes and how vital they are to us.
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