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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000863.txt from 1999/04

From: Michael Cogswell <>
Subj: [kl] RE: floaters (was: [kl] Progressive lenses (was RE: Speaking of d
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 13:11:55 -0400

Cindy, et al:

I too suffer from floaters. Like Cindy, mine have been diagnosed as
"vitreous detachment."
Also like Cindy, I can remember the start of the problem (at least in my
right eye, the left cam later and more subtlety.) My doctor says there is
no treatment, which I would love to prove wrong. They seem to be getting
progressively worse as the amount of floating debris builds up.


-----Original Message-----

Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 13:34:21 EDT
Subject: Re: [kl] Progressive lenses (was RE: Speaking of diaphrams)
Message-ID: <>

In a message dated 4/18/99 6:02:37 AM, writes:

<<A more serious problem for me is that I suffer from a lot of 'floaters'
in my eyes, little fuzzy blobs that drift about as I move my eyes and
can blur my vision slightly if they drift into my line of sight. If
this happens just as I reach a tricky passage it can be disastrous, and
would be a major problem if I was trying to earn a living with my
clarinet. The only solution seems to be to learn anything risky off by
heart (which can be beneficial anyway).>>

John, I, too, have the problem you describe. The clinical name for my
condition is "vitreous detachment." It started a couple of years ago at a
time that I was under a lot of stress. I even recall the moment it happened
for the first time. My eye doctor disputes that stress is a cause and
contends that "these things just happen." He also says "there is nothing you

can do about it but it will drive you crazy." Comforting, huh?




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