Welcome to Mike’s Eye Health Blog.

§ April 29th, 2019 § Filed under does mike ever shut up, eyeball § 20 Comments

So basically what’s been happening is this…a year ago, during an eye exam, it was discovered that the blurry vision in my right eye wasn’t just age and a need for glasses, but in fact caused by internal bleeding and blood basically stuck there inside my eyeball and not getting flushed out. Several eyeball injections, operations, and a cataract replacement later, that eye is now well on its way to healing.

However, in the meantime, about two weeks ago I was at the shop when I suddenly noticed a lot of blood suddenly appearing in my line of vision in my left eye. The same situation that had occurred in my right eye was now happening literally before my eyes…well, eye…and I rushed back to Ye Olde Eye Doctor for treatment. One more shot put a stop to the bleeded, but now I had to wait for the blood to eventually wash out of that eyeball.

That meant the left eye, the good eye that I have been depending on all this time, the eye that let me still drive and read and such, was now more or less out of commission. I mean, I could still see out of that eye, but it was like looking through gaps in my vision, like there was a beaded curtain of blood that was parted in places that I could see through. With a little effort, I was able to kind of focus around it, thought frustratingly when I would try to directly focus on something, it was like one spiral of blood would just swing directly into my light of sight…I would almost have to look at things out of the side of my eye to see whatever it was I was trying to see.

During all this, my right eye was still healing, and was almost but not quite able to pick up some of the slack. Large images, like say watching TV or something, was fine, but looking at text was difficult…letters looked at straight on were slightly distorted, and it would take some doing, and some slow going, to read anything at length.

Then within the last week or so, I had some other complications. My right eye, which had been coming along fine, had what was described to me as “post-operative bleeding.” A little blood got in there and essentially diffused throughout my eye, fuzzing out whatever vision I had. The good news was that, since the actual gel in my eye is still in the process of being replaced post my multiple surgeries, the blood pretty evenly spread out and cleaned itself out over a few days.

The big problem, however, was early last week, when the blood in my left eye, whicih had been in those “beaded curtain” clumps, suddenly broke apart and also diffused throughout my eye, obscuring pretty much all vision there at the same time my right eye was also fogged up with blood. For a couple of days there, I was more or less effectively blind. I mean, I could see shapes and light and such, but no way was I able to, say, break down and process the new comics shipment on Tuesday, check anything off an invoice, or do the pull lists.

Thankfully my dad has been able to help me at the shop for the last week or so, and my girlfriend as well, otherwise I’d still be sitting on last week’s Diamond shipment wishing for elves to appear overnight and do my job for me. And my right eye has cleared up, so my vision is…well, not perfect yet, but I can see well enough out of that eye to function, though I’m still having trouble with low-contrast things (and I still can’t quite make out Marvel’s cover prices in this tiny tiny type without the aid of a magnifying glass). Even now as I type this on my computer at home, I have the screen colors inverted, with white on black being far easier for me to handle.

My left eye, however, is likely also going to need some surgery to properly clear out that mess in there. We could wait and see if it’ll wash out on its own, but it could take weeks and because that gel in that eye is still intact, that blood is just kind of suspended there. Apparently the fact that it diffused like it did is a mostly good sign, that it’s breaking down and possibly getting reabsorbed, but it may still take too long and surgery appears to be the bst option.

So, for now, I still can’t drive, my dad is still going to help me at the shop (and likely will need him to check things off the invoice when the new comics come in, since those seem to be printed in off-white ink on white paper)…but my right eye is improving, and I should be reasonably functional during Free Comic Book Day.

The good news is that the poor health I was in that caused these issues has more or less been corrected or controlled…the bad news is that I still have to deal with the damage I caused myself. It’s affected my ability to work, it’s affected my ability to keep up on this site…I can’t even read comics right now, which is a terrible thing for a guy who, oh, I don’t know, owns a comic book store. But I really have no one to blame but myself.

Anyway, I’m surprised I was able to type all that. And it turns out, I’m having a less difficult time being able to read the text as I type it than I expected. It feels like my right eye has improved at least a bit since even yesterday, which is a good sign. Not perfect yet, and I’m certainly going to need some sort of glasses eventually (aside from the dollar store cheaters I’ve been depending on), but it’s certainly better than the nuthin’ I was getting last Tuesday.

So that’s what’s going on. I will be back blogging on a regular basis eventually, and I do want to post something about Free Comic Book Day, coming soon to a fairly okay comic book store near you. It may be a couple weeks before I get up to speed again, so thank you for your patience, and continuing to indulge my extended blatherings. I’ll talk to you again soon.

20 Responses to “Welcome to Mike’s Eye Health Blog.”

  • Athelind Llewellyn Long says:

    Plenty of sympathy from me, Mike; my own right eye just went from “minor vitreous detachment” that seemed to be clearing itself up to “wow that’s a big floater and oh crap it’s like looking through frosted glass.”

    I’m slated for an eye ultrasound today; hopefully, my situation won’t be as extreme as yours.

  • MrJM says:

    Love ya and thinking of you, Mike!

    — MrJM

  • Thelonious_Nick says:

    Oh, Mike! Good luck and I hope things continue to heal!

  • Robert Coleman says:

    Stay strong, Mike!

  • Cassandra Miller says:

    *HUGS!* Good luck from this loooooongtime reader, only occasional commenter! Hope everything clears up!

  • Chris G says:

    Sending good vibes your way. Good luck!

  • Allan Hoffman says:

    Sending you best wishes for good health and a speedy recovery.

  • Eric Martel says:

    Take care, Mike (from a long time reader)!

  • Bruce Baugh says:

    Good heavens, Mike. Thank you for writing this up, and very best wishes from here.

    Also, make sure that your autobiography gets at least one copy filed under Injury To The Eye Motif.

  • Wishing you the best!

  • ExistentialMan says:

    May your positive and kind nature, as well as your magnificent sense of humor, serve you well through whatever surgeries or care is needed. Thinking of you.

  • Boosterrific says:

    Best wishes, Mike.

  • Bob Temuka says:

    Glad to hear things are slowly getting better, Mike, but it sounds like you’ve been through hell. Hope it all clears up ASAP!

  • philfromgermany says:

    Really hope you get well soon and your road to recovery will be free of further bumps!

  • Thom H. says:

    Wow — that’s terrible stuff to deal with. Keep up the good fight, and I hope everything clears up soon!

  • Hooper Triplett says:

    Thanks for taking time (and effort) to share what’s happening. Might be difficult to tell because of the emotionally stunted nature of the internet, but people care about you and your health.

  • Casie says:

    Aww man, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with all that, Mike! What a trooper you are. Hope you’ll be 100% really soon. Great big hugs! Take care.

  • De says:

    Good to hear that things are improving, Mike. Here’s hoping your recovery continues apace. Big thanks to Pops Sterling for lending a hand in your time of need.

  • Chuck V. says:

    Hope you have a speedy recovery! Sorry you’re going through all this.

    You know, I don’t want to get too personal and I realize it would take away from the supposed theme of the blog, but have you considered sharing a bit more about what caused this? Kind of a public service announcement.

    It wasn’t bio-restorative formula, was it?

  • Rob Staeger says:

    God, Mike, that sounds horrible and terrifying. Good luck getting through this, including the second surgery if it’s necessary. (And if so, may that be the last!)