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I left off arguably the most important thing in that update,
and since people have already commented on that thread:

The vision in my left eye has gotten noticeably worse in the last fortnight. While reading X2 on tthe couch, I found I could not make out the words to read with my left eye. I think it's a really big "floater" that obscures a large portion of the field of view. If it doesn't change (for the better) I may have to go see the opthamologist (who offered no help when the problem manifest).

Okay. So, without glasses, I have to hold the back cover of the Dilbert book at about three inches to be able to read it (this is just my nearsightedness/astygmatism. Switching between eyes, I find that with the left eye, there is a parsistant blurred stripe meandering down the cneter of my field of vision, maybe just to my right of center. It tracks with my eye, and the words that fall behind it are unreadable. This does nto seem as bad as with the novel this morning, but the text size and contradt are different.

Addendum: Appointment with opthamologist thursday (~$100 USD)

Further: It $130 USD for the eye exam Apparently that is the "cash price". (For those abroad: The Yank healthcare system is so screwed up that people with insurance pay as much as twice what uninsured people would be billed for the same visit, drug, treatment. The twist is that the government (Federal) is the insurer that picks up most of those bills, so the money is guarenteed, and the rachet the price 10-15% a year reliably in most parts of the country.)

I have a slighter better understanding of what's wrong, including the lack of effective treatment options. I also have an appointment for Friday with the retinal specialist, who will likely discomfort me further and agree with the opthamologist. Last time, when the first visit was ~ $75 USD, the retinal specialist was about $300 USD.

(1 + ((130-75)/75 )) ) * 285 = ?? more than three hundred
dollars for nothing.
I'm currently trying to talk my way out of seeing the specialist. I don't really want to pay money to hear another doctor tell me: "Well, it usually just goes away in a short time."
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From: cypherpunk Date: March 30th, 2003 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definately go see some one about the eye. Speaking as someone who has been plagued with an eye problem or two in my lifetime (I even had to have surgery when I was 18, and have been weaing glasses since infancy), if ANYTHING goes seems to go funny with your vision, see someone as soon as you can. I've got a couple of buddies who have ignored stuff like this, and in some cases, they did irreparable damage by just letting it sit.

As an avid reader like you, my sight is something I prize over really anything. If you've got insurance, all it takes is a couple hours and $15-20 to see some one :). Good luck with it.

adric From: adric Date: March 31st, 2003 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Uh yeah, except

When the problem first appeared a year or so ago, we went to the regular opthamologist, who hummed and hawed and poked a bit and declared I needed to see a retinal specialist.

After tormenting me by pulling on my eye and shing very bright lights at me for a hour or so, he confirmed the doctor's diagnosis and declared there was nothing to do for now, but to keep an eye on it. And billed us about $300 USD.

From: cypherpunk Date: March 31st, 2003 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Uh yeah, except

Jeez. Sorry to hear that.

I've personally got the shittiest insurance on the face of the planet, and every doctor I see is a fight to get covered, even if they say they cover that particular specialist. I'm currently contesting a $300 X-Ray bill from a hospital that is SUPPOSED to be on my list.

Well, if they can't find anything wrong, then I guess it's useless to go. A friend of mine goes blind in an eye for a month or two at a time, then it will come back for a year, and they have yet to find anything wrong with it.

In his case, it was probably the drugs that did it, though, so it may be psychological, or something having to do with the brain, itself.
pinkeffigy From: pinkeffigy Date: March 30th, 2003 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
you most certainly should get that taken care of, so as to avert disaster. Even if its nothing, it would be better to know its nothing. I certainly hope you are all right.
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