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wildmanh

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Thanks Heber/

It's my right eye. My left eye has very good vision, my right has always been something of a problem.

They DID tell me that I might see some improvement after a week, maybe two, and it would take 3-4 months to get back whatever vision I'm going to get. I'm just a bit worried about the blood in the eye right now. I was told to expect some floaters (it was surgery after all, there will be some blood), but this is like a jellyfish. I can only see it if I lie flat on my back, evne if on a pillow I won't see it, and it may just seem more than it is, because the rest of the vision is whited out like looking through a piece of Scotch tape, so I have a nice, white background to see it against.

Same eye as me. :) I've learned to shoot a pistol with either hand, but need to shoot a rifle left handed. For me it wasn't hard to do. My Eye specialist recommended that I get a pair or two of Safety Glasses and wear them all the time. He said that I don't have a spare eye so I should do everything I can to keep it safe. So I have 2 pair of shooting glasses, one Yellow tint the other dark grey and a pair of clear shop glasses along with Goggles. Definitely take care of your good eye!
 
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Well, it MAY get better -- I'll know more Wednesday, and only time will tell.

I already wear safety glasses for everything, including my sunglasses.

Funny you mention guns, I can shoot handguns with either hand equally well (always have been left eye dominant for obvious reasons), though I may have to learn to shoot rifles left handed. I was taking advantage of the poorer vision in my right eye by having my left eye focus on the target, and right eye look through the EOTech, so I have a clear view of the target with the reticle superimposed on my vision. I hope the right eye gets good enough to see the reticle again, as it keeps me properly focused ont he target, not the reticle.
 

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smoke and prayers heading up!
I've read records on folks who had the silicone oil "transplant" and had good results, so there is hope you'll get the vision back.
 

wildmanh

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Well, it MAY get better -- I'll know more Wednesday, and only time will tell.

I already wear safety glasses for everything, including my sunglasses.

Funny you mention guns, I can shoot handguns with either hand equally well (always have been left eye dominant for obvious reasons), though I may have to learn to shoot rifles left handed. I was taking advantage of the poorer vision in my right eye by having my left eye focus on the target, and right eye look through the EOTech, so I have a clear view of the target with the reticle superimposed on my vision. I hope the right eye gets good enough to see the reticle again, as it keeps me properly focused ont he target, not the reticle.

Sounds like you have the stuff I mentioned pretty well covered. :) Please keep us posted.
 
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I hope it gets better with time - it sounds like some of the procedure worked well -- blessings and smoke to you !
 
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Smoke and prayer. I've always thought that losing my sight, even partially, would be terrifying. You seem to be taking it a lot better than I would. Good luck, brother.

BTW: Just noticed you mentioned living in FL. That'll make it easier to get your cases to you, since I'm there too. And if you get that village of yours up and running, count me in. I'm good at manual labor.
 
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Just got back from the Doc.

I went from barely able to see the nurse's hand in front of my eye last Friday to 20/60 vision in that eye. He said I'm ahead of the curve on recovery, but of course keep taking my drops and no bending or lifting heavy objects.

The floaters in the eye are normal, and the "jellyfish" looking blood drop he said is from where the actually went into the eye. So good news so far.

Next hurdle is going to work tonight. Most of what I do involved lifting less than 5 pounds at a time, and the few things I may have to lift over that I'd already arranged with a co-worker before I left to help me with them. Question is if they will let me come back to work with no official release. I'm going to play the card that I was on vacation, I didn't take medical leave, so I don't need a release.

They are just going to have to get used to the fact that I'm not going to continue hurting myself for the company's sake. They have a guy coming in on overtime (after cutting overtime for everyone else) to do a very easy job, that involves a little work and a lot of standing around. He makes a couple dollars more an hour than I do, so as far as I'm concerned, I can do that job, if it comes down to it. Recently they've let others have "light duty" I.E. people lifting things for them, letting them stand around, etc and they weren't even doing anything to fix their problem. I'll play that card if I have to.

But my boss won't be the problem, it's only if the HR dept gets wind of it.
 
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Good luck Cpl. Hopefully you'll make a full recovery. I have floaters but the doc told me they are normal. Never really bug me unless I'm staring at white page or walking in fog.

The most irritating one is now so diffuse it's almost gone but it showed up 20 years ago.
 
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I am glad to hear about the recovery - i think i mentioned before that my uncle was legally blind in both eyes when i came to take care of him and hew went through the same types of procedures and came out pretty good -- i remember we had to go back every week or so for awhile so they could check the pressure in his eyes -- I hope it all gets better and keeps getting better for you

Eric
 
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Well, got no guff from anyone at work, and all seemed to go well, so hopefully that's one hurdle past.

Thanks for all the smoke and prayers.
 
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