I awoke with pain around my left eye and nausea. I told myself, “geez these migraines are more frequent (I suffered from migraines since childhood), but it is time to exercise.” Over the last few weeks I had noticed more “migraines” in my left eye associated with nausea but blew off the symptoms. I exercised regularly and vigorously to ward off physical vulnerability; as a primary care physician I knew most symptoms represented nothing serious.
Blind in the blink of an eye
At the health club, I rode the stationary bicycle hard that morning as the Beatles album “1” blared through my Walkman. The page on the Stephen King novel blurred during “Hey Jude.” I slowed down, first shutting my left eye then shutting my right. Weird. A dense black lattice covered the vision of my left eye. I could not see out of my left eye! Must be a retinal detachment, I thought, not even considering a vascular catastrophe.