I thought I was having some sort of enlightenment experience the other week when I saw all the meteors out of the corner of my eye. But when, a few days later, I couldn't wipe the smudge off my glasses and realized, it was on my eye, my little saga began.
The story is tedious and complicated so I'll give you the short version: three doctors, many dilations and a lot of lights beamed through my pupils later, I'm one of every twenty-five people over fifty who has a torn retina. The good news is, I've survived laser surgery to tack it down so this tear doesn't lead to a 'separated retina'. The thought of laser surgery on my eyes had struck terror in my soul but, having gone through it yesterday, I can tell you that it's intense but not a cause for terror.
FYI, here's what I've learned might be signs of a problem with a retina: flashing lights, a lot of 'floaters' or, most serious of all, a dense dark shadow in your field of vision. If you see a dense dark shadow, get to a retina specialist on the double. It could mean the beginning of a retina separation which, if caught quickly, can be reattached without a loss of vision.
I've been giving my eyes a break from the computer so am way behind with social media, etc. But I'll be back soon, a little humbled but very grateful for modern medicine and these good eyes.