In this snippet, Jake describes his experience living with retinal detachment and coming to terms with the treatment options that involved complex surgery and hanging upside down.
Upload Date: Sep 27, 2020
In this snippet, Jake describes his experience living with retinal detachment and coming to terms with the treatment options after a brutal strike to his left eye. Although he didn't suffer immediate symptoms, he came to find out that his condition was serious.
right. So, Yeah, Here's my story. Um, I was 18 and I got hit in the face and I got it directly on, actually, the I specifically my left eye on the side on like, lateral side. So the side facing outwards. And as soon as I got hit, um, there was a bright flash of light. Initially, there was a very bright flash of light and my vision blurred for only about 33 seconds, three or five seconds. And I started blinking. Um, because I thought maybe something got stuck in my eye or like, maybe like them, like a like, I don't know, just something. I just started blinking, and it cleared up and immediately went back to normal. And this was at night, Um, and that was didn't think anything of it. To be honest, that was pretty angry at the time. And I completely actually forgot about it until, um, the next morning. Um, the next morning, I woke up, um, and there was nothing wrong with my eye. Like my vision was completely fine. But I can't really explain it. It just felt, um it felt something like it felt like there was something wrong with it. There was There was nothing. There was no symptom that I could that I could actually just pinpoint. I just I guess I spent maybe 20 minutes just looking in the mirror and my I just like it just felt like there was something not right. There was no pain. There is no sort of vision loss or anything. At this point, I just felt not right. Um, so I let it go. I didn't go to the doctor Anything. I was I was 18. I was I was still at the point in my life where I thought everything was completely I was completely invincible. Um, and I don't remember whether or not I waited one more night or if it was the same day. I think I waited 11 more night and, yeah, I waited one more night, so I Everything went through my normal day. Um, waited one more night and I woke up the next morning and my vision in my left eye, everything was completely yellow. Um, it was it was as if someone just took a highlighter and highlighted everything yellow. Um, at this point, I'm still not freaking out. I had class that day, so I decided to go to school first and then go to the emergency room. Um, while I was at school, my vision in my left eye quickly, slowly, slowly went from yellow to a dark, dark, dark red, Almost a ziff. Like looking through juice. Um, still no flashes, nothing. Just this dark, dark, dark red vision coming only for my left eye.