I've Got My Eye On You

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-10-30 14:17:23 -0500
Started 2012-10-24 15:39:06 -0500


I had my eye exam today and there is a neat thing they do now. They can take a photo of my eye. More specifically, my retina. It was just $20 extra to have it done, but I think it will be priceless in keeping tabs on something I can't readily see.

They photographed both eyes and the doctor sat down with me and explained the condition of my eyes. Thankfully, they are both very healthy and in good shape. He pointed out the white oval is my retina, the dark spot is my pupil and the veins are kind of self explanatory. The veins are singular and not "wooly" looking so that means they are healthy. No leaking of blood or capillaries getting in trouble.

So I thought I would share it with you all so you can see what a healthy eye looks like. If your doctor offers this service, I highly recommend it. It doesn't hurt and is quick. It will give you a benchmark for years to come to catch changes early when they are still treatable.

41 replies

Lizardfan 2012-10-30 14:17:23 -0500 Report

My doctor has done this type exam for a few years now. He then sends the report to my endo, great diagnostic tool to *see* everything! Thanks for posting.

veggielover 2012-10-26 22:34:23 -0500 Report

I'm happy your eyes are healthy Gabby, keep on checking on them. The pressure in both my eyes is worse, I need to report any changes in my vision , I pray I will get better so I can see my new great granddaughter.

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:55:00 -0500 Report

My pressure is fine, thankfully. I was very happy at the end of the day. It was the first time though that anyone was able to test the pressure in both eyes. I am so "blink responsive" that after the first eye gets done, I blink like I'm flirting with the little air puffer. She got me this time though, so she was very good.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-29 18:50:04 -0500 Report

I had a problem with the air puffer test. Seems it can cause damage to your eye. After a test several years ago my left eye was bruised, then a got a huge lamount of fluid leaked into the eyeball and flashing lights. Eye doc came into his office early on Saturday to peep into my peepers. Luckily there was no actual tear. So now I have a very annoying humungo floater to look around. Gives me double vission in the one eye at times. Ironically my Dad had warned me about not going where theyuse the air pufftest a year earlier. But I was in a hurry and wanted to get my test done sooner than my regular Dr could get me in. Now I always ask before anyone puts something up to my eyes "What will that thing do?"

GabbyPA 2012-10-30 08:25:36 -0500 Report

Wow, I never knew it could hurt you that much. But that is how they test the pressure of your eye. Is there another way they can do that?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-30 09:00:09 -0500 Report

I think it is a light that my last and my new Drs use to measure the pressure. Doesn't involve air being blown in. (Or a million eyelashes).

Young1s 2012-10-25 21:51:58 -0500 Report

Haha…I read this and had to go back to a discussion that I replied on after my first eye exam. Wasn't pleasant. And it seems I was the only one to go through it. Hehe…

At any rate, what ever helps us all the better. I hate the fact the my eyes get blurry the darker it gets. But I was told this is the case for diabetics. My opthimoligist (however you spell it) says I am 5 years away from really needing glasses. However, he can't tell me what I can do to change/prolong the need. Really!?!

If it means more carrots a day then tell me…I'd be okay with that.

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-10-25 21:06:48 -0500 Report

thats a funny title there gabby,did you do the 2 fingers back at the doc afterward?

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:47:49 -0500 Report

LOL, no, but I should have. Turns out, we went to pick up our glasses (mine and my husband's) and I complained because I couldn't see. They kept telling me I would adjust to them, since the strength changed and I went to bi-focals. Well as I was driving down the road, I noticed that when I looked in my side mirror on the left, it was blurry, until both eyes were on it.

Turns out, they made the left lens the wrong strength and it was totally blurry. So I returned them and hope to have my new glasses next week. What a mess. I turned out the doctor wrote the wrong numbers from my exam records onto the prescription. He made a "6" a "0"....big difference.

Tony5657 2012-10-25 16:13:10 -0500 Report


Congratulations on your great eye exam! By the way, I've never seen a photo like you posted. Cool! Reminds me of Planet Mars, right?? LOL

Just to add to the mix, for eye health I take a multi vitamin/supplement made by the Solgar Company called Bilberry Ginkgo Eyebright Complex (Plus Lutein). It contains:

Vitamin A 5,000 IU 100% (as palmitate 1,000 IU 80% [4,000 IU]
as natural beta-carotene)
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate) 300 mg 500%
Vitamin E 100 IU 333% (as D-alpha-tocopheryl succinate)
Calcium (as calcium ascorbate) 36 mg 4%
Zinc (as zinc glycinate) 10mg 67%
Selenium (L-selenomethionine) 25mcg 36%
Lutein (from marigold flower) 10 mg
Eyebright Extract (whole plant 4:1) 25 mg

Wow, typing all that reminded me of organic chemistry class in college (I did pass). LOL

I hope this helps.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX and seeing well these days :o)

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:50:44 -0500 Report

I have been looking into some versions of Bilberry and Lutien. Lots of things out there, but the doses are so variant, how do I found out how much to take? Your doses here are so much less than Jigsaw's amounts?

Also, I found out that bilberry is good for your kidneys as well. So I can see taking a larger dose of it.

IronOre 2012-10-25 03:01:05 -0500 Report

I had it done within the last month too.
When the doctor put the pictures on the light board he didn't have to say a thing to me . . . I looked up at them and said "Yessss" , I could tell from where I was sitting that they looked great, with no bleeders (the wooly thing).

Nick1962 2012-10-24 20:14:36 -0500 Report

Had this 4 times now myself, but my dr. only offers it to diabetic or otherwise compromised patients. My insurance doesn't cover it, but well worth the out of pocket. Sure like it a whole lot more than the old dialation method.

GabbyPA 2012-10-24 22:45:50 -0500 Report

Oh, I was dilated. But I don't think you have to be to get it done.

Nick1962 2012-10-25 07:44:45 -0500 Report

It hasn't been a requirement for me at least.

GabbyPA 2012-10-25 08:50:27 -0500 Report

It was not a requirement I guess. I wanted them dilated so he could look in there, and it was after he put the drops in that I asked about the photos.

Nick1962 2012-10-25 10:32:18 -0500 Report

Then maybe you had the older machine. When i first had it done they dialated me also, but the last 2 times they just took the picture.
I've noticed my vision over the last few years changing/improving. Both eyes were never completely equal, but it's starting to even out (well, more like the good one is getting equally bad). For the first time in nearly 30 years I finally fit into a decent set of contacts. Still shade blind though.

GabbyPA 2012-10-28 22:52:42 -0500 Report

I love contacts, but the hours I spend on the computer makes them not a correction of choice. People used to ask me if I was smoking, stoned or tired. Sigh...it was crummy. So I quit wearing them and went back to glasses.

What is "Shade Blind"?

Nick1962 2012-10-29 07:47:12 -0500 Report

Yup, same here. I’ve got “sport” contacts since I’m nearsighted. They correct just enough for me to see reasonably well far, but too much for me to read with. Either way I need glasses for one or the other, so I wear mine on weekends or when we do things like snorkeling.
Shade blind is not fully color blind. I can see primary colors, some secondary colors like orange, green and violet, but things like pink and baby blue are grey to me. Didn’t actually find this out until I took a college art class. Never did understand the need for a box of 64 crayons. Since then I’ve been taught to recognize these colors somewhat.

GabbyPA 2012-10-29 11:28:25 -0500 Report

Wow, that is amazing. It is said that women have an average of 200 plus colors they can see. That is why things are so different for men. My hubby has some color blindness that can cause some funny things.
One day I came home with my nails all done up in a wonderful shade of purple for Halloween and he asked me why I painted them green. LOL I bet he sees a lot of gray in there as well. That is why he leaves all the color decisions up to me.

Nick1962 2012-10-29 12:20:52 -0500 Report

They say women are the carriers of this little defect. My father was fully color and our small town had traffic lights were just one lens with changing colored bulbs. He got a whole lot less tickets when they changed over to the stacked 3 lens system.
My college art teacher took me on as a project. Since color recognition is a learned response, he figured he could teach me the same way you teach a child. It worked to some degree and I can identify some colors (like pink) by hue, intensity, and saturation, but I have to associate it to something that is universally pink like a pig. Orange of course I match to oranges. Still can’t “see” the color, I can identify many, but you don’t want to leave me in charge of decorating.

GabbyPA 2012-10-29 12:35:51 -0500 Report

LOL, just like a woman to create job security in that little recessive trait we pass on. It figures.

Since you have no way to really compare, you don't miss it. But to loose it once you have had it is different. I had a class mate in Jr. High who had lost his sight in a car accident as a kid. I was always curious and I did a weekend experiment that included me taking away my sight, interviewing him (and some questions about colors) and drawing from my memory on paper without looking. Eating and brushing my teeth were two of the most difficult tasks. It was a great experiment, though my head hurt from a particular cabinet I kept finding.

But he said that his experience with color was very limited, as he was so young when he lost his sight. But he recalls colors more with feeling. Yellow is warm, White is soft like cotton and so on. I found it fascinating.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-29 19:02:18 -0500 Report

Both my hubby and I associated colors with other senses. Some yellows are sunshine. Also we both refer to mustard as yellow because it tastes like yellow. I reactmore stronglyto colors than my husband. Most lime green anything can try to trigger a migraine, it is a very painful color. I don't remember the scientific term for the cross over of the senses.

Nick1962 2012-10-29 14:12:53 -0500 Report

Yeah, temperature plays a part as well, but that too was something I had to be taught. The whole experience (pardon the pun) opened my eyes to just what we humans experience on our own and what we have to be trained to see and do. I was taking psych in college at the time, and it seemed like color and music are the only two universally agreed upon things we humans get taught. Green is green and a B flat is a B flat no matter where you go. Of course my mind went further down the road and figured if you raised a child isolated, could you possibly “false program” it into thinking red was green? Oh, that’s another topic alltogether.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-29 18:57:36 -0500 Report

My Mom (aka The Cake Lady), myself and one of three sisters, and at least two nephews have a problem with often saying green for orange and orange for green. The mother of the two nephews does not have this color/word issue and none of us with the issue taught them their colors. Never have run into any other person with this stupid problem.

Nick1962 2012-10-30 08:23:54 -0500 Report

There you are Graylin, it's been a while. It might just be red/green color blindness. Rare in females, but that's why traffic lights are stacked instead of just one lens with different colored bulbs. Also that's why traffic light aren't true red or true green. I always thought you were a rare specimen!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-30 09:04:50 -0500 Report

I see the orange and green, just the words come out reversed. And not all the time. My poor hubby doesn't know wether I really mean green this time or if he should be looking for an orange item.
Yeah I've been more of a lurker lately, just reading what y'all have been gabbing about.

jigsaw 2012-10-24 18:42:50 -0500 Report

I'm glad your eye exam went well.
I make sure that I have my eyes examined annually. So far, all has been good ! By the way, I have been taking Bilberry and Lutien for years. Look into these if you haven't done so already.
That is a beautiful eye in that picture ! Are you sure that it is not a picture of the planet Mars ? Looks very simililar to what I saw in my telescope recently !
Seriously, technology is amazing.

GabbyPA 2012-10-25 08:53:18 -0500 Report

What doses do you take of your supplements? I have heard of Lutien for eyes, but what does Bilberry do?

jigsaw 2012-10-25 09:39:38 -0500 Report

I am currently taking 1000 mg of Bilberry, and 500mcg of Lutein. The Lutein is incorporated into my multi-vitamins. Bilberry is mentioned in quite a few alternative medicine guides as beneficial. I discussed its use with a doctor of alternative medicine years ago and he also felt it was beneficial. Here are a couple of links that you might find helpful:


GabbyPA 2012-10-25 09:42:27 -0500 Report

I was hoping I could grow them in my garden, but alas, they are in need of more cold than my garden can offer. It says they (bilberry) can also aid in varicose veins. I went to my favorite online site for dried fruits, but they are $21.99 for 8oz!! I think I will look for a tea or an extract.

GabbyPA 2012-10-24 22:46:47 -0500 Report

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, so maybe it is the yellow planet instead of the red one. LOL

jigsaw 2012-10-25 07:16:30 -0500 Report

Could be ! My wife has been telling me that men are from Mars for years. Now, let me think, where did she put that book ?

MAYS 2012-10-24 16:18:50 -0500 Report

Had my eyes examined earlier in the year, glad to say that there are no problems.
My next eye exam is in January of 2013.