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In my eyes

Since my eyesight has been stable for a while, I let four or five years go by without an eye exam or new glasses. My glasses are still generally in good repair, but their age shows in the chipped enamel along the edge of the frames. Thus it was I showed up at Vision Express yesterday morning for an eye exam and the possibility of a new pair of glasses.

The intial battery of tests involved the usual glaucoma test, eyesight testing, and - less usually - flashes of bright lights. Eventually the eye doctor worked through lens options and determined what I needed. One of my eyes is slightly better, one is slightly worse. In neither case is it a major change. At the end of the appointment, she showed me the results of those flashes of bright lights: photos of the backs of my eyes.

As someone who's been generally of good health, I've had very few chances to see imaging of my insides in my life. This is a good thing. It was fascinating to see the alien, organic spheres aglow on the monitor which were the backs of my eyes, complete with veins, arteries, and the end of the optic nerve. Blown up, each took up the entire screen.

It was an unexpected development in my life's history of eye exams. But so was the one that followed: the doctor emailed me the photos.


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Dec. 19th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
GENIUS. I am SO going to ask for copies the next time my eye doctor does that!
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
But so was the one that followed: the doctor emailed me the photos.

Dec. 19th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
That is extremely cool! I'd be tempted to make framed copies and hang them on the wall somewhere.
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I didn't actually get copies of my retinal scan, but I could see it enormously enlarged on the screen, last time I had my eyes tested.
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, so now I know what photos you'll be putting on your holiday cards next year, eh?

Dec. 19th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
They're very pretty!
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
ok, you have to forward those to me... I can't wait to see the insides of your eyes!
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
I never got copies - but they did keep the pictures on file so that when I went back to the same place four years later they could check if anything had changed (nothing had).
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I could have written this exact post word for word a few months back, but never got around to it (except that both my eyes are pretty much just the same).

The retina pictures were great, but I had a wanger of a headache the rest of the day from the eyedrops.
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
That is SO COOL. I hope my eye doctor starts doing that!
Dec. 20th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
About three years ago I got to see lots of photos of the insides of my eyes. I'd had a normal eye test and they spotted some discolouration on the back of the eye so I ended up having a battery of tests at Basingstoke hospital.

It turns out that I have something called 'Optic Nerve Drusen' - basically some (luckily benign) scarring on the optic nerve (dead cells effectively). My photos are now in a consultant's file for training purposes!
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