Some see stars, i see polka dots

I have been swatting away flies from my face, sweeping away ants on the table and wiping away dirt on my art paper. Until i realised that they were just part of the hundreds of dots in my right vision. But I do still forget sometimes. Besides these, there are other squiggly floaters around caused by the retina tear, especially one that’s smack right in the centre of my vision.

My daughter: Mum, why don’t you paint what you see in your right vision since we can’t visualise what you are describing?

And so i did:

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Son: That’s so scary.

Ben: So artistic!

Son: Not when you are constantly seeing this…

Ben: True! But it’s such a nice painting. It’s abstract!

Daughter: !?

Me: …

With my current slightly blurred vision in my left eye and hundreds of polka dots blurring my right, i am having a difficult time seeing, reading and, sadly, painting too. Sometimes, i wish i had been more dedicated and painted more when my sight was still good. Now, i have to take it easy and slow down.

There’s a lovely prayer i say almost every night to St Lucy (Patron Saint of eye diseases):

“St Lucy, preserve the light of my eyes so that i may see the beauties of creation, the glow of the sun, the colour of the flowers and the smile of children.”

It is a heartfelt prayer as i have been painting all the above for the past few years.

But i also do believe that:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Rom 8:28  (NIV)

In God, i continue to trust.       By Renee

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6 thoughts on “Some see stars, i see polka dots

  1. I understand what you are going through. Several years ago, after a return flight from England, I started seeing these dots. At first I thought they were fleas or something, then my wife wondered what I was swatting at. Trip to the eye doctor and, yes, floaters, and signs of a mild retinal detachment. No surgery needed, and the detachment resolved, but the floaters are there, little reminders of an unexplainable event.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. It’s comforting to know that i am not alone, especially swatting at flies. Just the other day, i mistook a real housefly on my noodle for an eye floater. I was happily eating until my daughter asked me why i didn’t chase it away. I can only pray that my floaters will diminish. It is indeed God’s blessing that you did not require surgery.

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  2. Continue to pray to God, for only He is worthy of prayer and has the power to answer our requests! Good luck with your vision, I know it must be a real trial…

    Steve

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