Thursday, July 21, 2005

A freckle on my retina

Went to the eye doctor today for my yearly exam and, I swear, it cannot be a whole year since I was last there. It felt like I'd just been in that chair, getting the hurricane force air blown into my poor, flinching eyes for that glaucoma test, facing the performance anxiety of reading the letters on the wall across the room, and dropping hundreds of dollars on a year's worth of small pieces of flexible plastic to slap onto my eyeballs each and every morning.

But, it was all in all a good trip, because I found out a few things:
  1. My insurance company evidently covers eye exams, with a $15 copay (YAY!)
  2. My prescription has not changed (YAY!)
  3. My GPC has reduced from a level 3 to a level 2 (YAY!)
  4. I can get the lenses in my glasses changed without having to buy new frames (YAY!)
  5. And, finally, the freckle on my retina has not gotten any bigger (YAAAAAAAAY!)
Yes, I have a freckle on my retina. Evidently you can have freckles on your retinas just as you can have freckles on your skin. Doesn't that just somehow seem wrong? Anyway, my "retineckle" was diagnosed via use of the Optomap exam, which all the people at the eye doctor are just totally in love with. I had resisted getting a second one because I thought they were about $100 apiece. Come to find out, I'd misheard the eye doctor employee at some point...they're only $25. Now, that's a big discrepancy. How did I go so long without realizing this? Anyway, I had a second Optomap done today, and all is well. The freckle on my retina has not gotten any bigger (in fact, it looked distinctly faded to me).

To celebrate, I'm eating pizza tonight. Hey, I deserve it...I had carrots for lunch. Carrots are very good for your eyesight, by the way. Perhaps they're good for retineckle eradication, too. But pizza is good for the soul. Mmmmm, pizza.


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