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shooting buddy in trouble

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slayer, Sep 9, 2011.

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  1. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    I spoke with my oldest shooting buddy yesterday. He was the one that I broke into the sport with many years ago. He has suddenly lost the vision in his right [shooting] eye. the docs say that it is from a blood clot or some cholesterol passing through his eye, damaging it. They also say that the damage is done and there is no fixing it. He, of course, is devastated. Has anyone out there had any expereience with this type of injury? I would like very much to give him some sort of encouragement. Thanks Bill Wheeler
     
  2. Twinbirds

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    Sorry about your friends condition. I too, have a very good friend slowly going blind, he is no longer able to drive or shoot, and has lost most of his vision in his right eye. He is battling with blood clots, and diabetes, he knows the end result is being completely blind in a couple of years.
     
  3. fishbone

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    Hi ill I have the same problem , a blood clot in the eye causing vision loss distortion and not tomention further risk of more severe clot problems,


    The Cleveland Retina Center has pioneered laser surgery and injectable drugs that may restore vision. my vision has improved enough to get my CDL back.They have offices in Cleveland, Warren,Youngstown and a few other places good luck charlie soda
     
  4. goony

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    I had one in my left eye back in June. Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion. A vein bursts in the rear portion of your eye leaking blood into the macular portion of your eye. I have had three injections and laser surgery scheduled for October. You need to see a retina specialist. The longer it leaks the less the chances are it can be stopped. I have regained some of my vision but it is a day to day thing. I did not stop shooting and have learned to adjust. My average is back up to 22-23 at 16 yards. It is tough at first but you have to keep shooting. There are treatments that might restore some of his vision. Good luck
     
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    Sounds like what happened to my niece. They later discovered it was caused by leukemia which was initially undetected. Hopefully that's not the case with your friend.

    -Gary
     
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    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I have lost a lot of my vision in my shooting side eye...I see the eye doc again on the 14th to see what can be done other than me switching sides...hoping with prayers your friends sight can be saved as much as possible
     
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    If you are anywhere near L.A. go to UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute. They are one of the best in the world.

    Best of luck to your friend.
     
  8. birdogs

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    Had a similar thing happen to me. I switched to shooting from the other shoulder. Had my sight restored with an operation called a vitrectomy but the vision is not good enough to go back to shooting from that side.

    Get a good retina specialist. I am fortunate that I live nead NYC and had access to some of the best doctors.
     
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    Univeristy of Iowa Hospital and Clincs in Iowa City, Iowa is one of the best Opthamology centers in the country. It is worth a call.
    1-800-777-8442 or 319-356-1616
     
  10. WCR

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    I have a good friend who has been shooting for a long time. A few years ago he lost his right eye due to cancer in the eye socket. He now has a glass right eye and took up shooting left handed and is doing quite well.

    Seems like with all the technology now days someone would come up with a camera in a glass eye that could be hooked up the nerve endings to restore sight.

    Bill
     
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    Bill,

    I had a diabetic stroke in my left eye in Febuary 2009. The optic nerve was damaged. They did experinental surgey, but the optic nerve was too far gone.

    Unfortuneatley, once the optic nerve gets damaged, like mine was....There is no chance of it being repaired.

    The loss of sight in my left eye is 98% and will never get any better.

    If you friends optic nerve was not damaged than there is a chance he can be fixed up. He needs to go to a specialist to check it out, right away..

    I went to Wills Eye Hospital, in Philadelphia..which is one of the top 3 Eye hospitals in the country...

    I have just started to shoot again, this year..

    I just couldn't bring myself to mount a powder burner again. I was too concerned about loseing the sight in my right eye...

    Earlier this year I had some Poly Carbonate Shooting Glasses made and that has seemed to help with my fears.

    Slowly, but surley my scores are improving...

    Best of luck to your friend...

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
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    If your friend is anywhere near St. Louis, contact Matthew Thomas at Barns Retina Institute. He is one if not the best in the world. Also, he understands shooters. He's done 13 different surgeries on my two eyes. PM me if you need a phone number.

    good luck!

    milt
     
  13. slayer

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    thanks for all of the good advice. i spoke with Bill this morning and he is headed for U. of M. hospital in the near future. He is already considering the left handed option, but of course, is scared to death about all of this. thanks again
    Bill Wheeler
     
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