Friday I wake up and go about getting ready to work. I only had a half shift. Yay for four hours of work. Afterwards, I was going to start getting stuff moved into the new place. Then I saw something in the corner of my eye. A little flash of light. Flashes of light in the eye isn't that big of a deal. Everyone gets them from time to time. My problem is that due to my Iritis flashes of light isn't something to ignore. You see, Iritis is where my immune system thinks there is a threat in my eye and sends the troops out to attack. But there's nothing to attack. The end result is a bloodshot eye and pain. It's more annoying than anything, but there is a risk the cells will stick to parts of my eye. Like the retina. If that happens, then it may cause my retina to detach. And what is a sign of detaching retina?
Flashes of light in the eye. (Along with eye floaters–which I have–and losing vision in that eye.)
Naturally, I kinda freak out. Okay, I freaked out a lot. Mostly because my eye doctor informed me the day before he would be gone for the weekend. I went to his office anyways and his receptionist was there. She said ignoring the flashes wasn't wise and gave a call to the other optometrist in town.
WHO WAS CLOSED FOR THE WEEKEND! OMG WHO IS GOING TO LOOK AT MY EYE!
Yeah, so, I was really freaking out. I knew the ER wasn't equipped, but where else could I go? I couldn't risk my left eyesight (even if I was 90% sure I was freaking over nothing, but better safe than sorry.) Detached retinas can be fixed, but there is a time frame before vision loss is permanent.
End the end, I went to the ER. They tried, but the closest ophthalmologist they found was four hours away. I got a little lucky though. The receptionist at my eye doctor squeezed me into the local eye place who had a doctor who knew what to look for and I spent an hour having really bright lights shined in my eye and confirmed that, no, my retina was not falling off and gave me a detailed description of what I'd see if that was the case. I'm still seeing the little flashes, but now they are just freaking annoying when I'm trying to sleep. Tuesday I see my doctor so we're going to discuss the flashes and maybe going ahead with the shot (yes, in my eye) he mentioned previously.