Hi I'm new. I've previously posted to the losteye.com forum but it wasn't a good website for me. Everyone there has literally lost an eye (surgically or accident) so even there everyone there was great, I didn't feel like I fit. My problem is a little different. Over a year ago I had retinal detachment and went through scleral buckle surgery to repair it. The surgery was successful and my sight was completely restored. Two months ago I got an infection in that same eye and had to have the scleral buckle removed (for those not familiar with the surgery, it's a silcone band that's placed around your eyeball while the retina heals). The infection was a very severe one, (psuedomonas bacteria) and the antibiotics they injected in my eye were also very severe. During surgery the antibiotic destroyed the blood vessels that fed the macula and I lost my central vision in that eye. It was nearly two weeks before anyone realized what had happened and I was told the vision loss was permanent. That was the worst day of my life. It's been nearly two months and I still haven't accepted it and made peace with it. I think part of the problem is that I only have peripheral vision so I see light and fuzzy images but I've lost my central, detail vision. You never think something like this will ever happen to you. I guess I'm writing to ask if anyone else has had partial vision loss in an eye and how they coped with it. I'm having a great deal of trouble 'seeing' well because the eye that was damamged was my dominant eye and my brain still wants to use it so the end result is really bad vision over the top of my good vision unless I close the bad eye. I know the solution would probably be to wear a patch or an opague contact but I'm just not ready to let go. It seems I'm never going to stop grieving. I'm an artist and have not had the heart to do any drawing since this happened. Sorry this is so long........
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