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had sah op on 30 9 08 the main thing is my double vision i wear a patch over my left eye,if i take it off then i am dizzy and double vision,still have a droppy eye lid,can anyone tell me how long the vision will lastmy name is prue and i was 70 last saturday,i have been doing a 20 minute walk for the last few days but the vision is the worst,look forward to any infomation,thanks

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Hi Prudence

Welcome to BTG gosh you are very early on in your recovery. I had a third nerve palsy in my left eye and my eyelid was closed completely for about 7 weeks after my SAH. When the lid did open the vision was blurred,distorted and double for a couple of months after that. I must say I was extremely lucky to recover my vision as I had been advised that I wouldn't.

I now only get blurriness when tired and double vision if I turn too sharply. I think you sound at the moment as if you are doing really well just remember to get plenty of rest as well. Take care look forward to hearing more from you soon.

Janet x

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Hi Prue and welcome to behindthegray.... :)

You're doing pretty well considering that your SAH wasn't that long ago.. I had the third nerve palsy to my right eye and the double vision took quite a few months to go..... but like Jan, would still get double when I was tired or turned my eyes in a certain position.

I'm just over 3 years on and my vision is still affected, but manageable. I also used to patch over the eye, mainly using round cotton wool make-up pads and surgical tape. I found that the material patches tended to make my eye sore.

I was also told that it's a good idea to patch over the good eye now and again, as it will help the droopy one to get stronger. Apparently the eye muscles can get weak, so long term patching of the same eye won't help.

I was also given eye drops to help lubricate the eye, which would cool it down as well, as it would get v.dry and feel sore. I was told that the affected eye was dry, because you don't blink enough after the nerve palsy.

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Hello Pru and welcome

I only had blurred vision for a short time apparently I used to sit with my right eye shut to focus.

I remember if I laid flat on my back and got up it was a bit like rewind in the right eye, They gave me some glasses with a plastic film on with tiny grids in it. But I never used them (they wernt very flattering anyway Diadre Barlow type).

Touch wood that just seems to have cleared on it's own but I don't allow myself to get overly tired so I'm not sure if it would still effect me.

good luck Josiex

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Hi Prue :D A very warm welcome to you.....I also had third nerve palsy to my right eye like Janet and karen. It is 10 months now....the double vision is now only at night or when really tired, but have blurred vision alot of the time....but hopefully will improve....i have nerve damage to my eye from my surgery. I also have balance problems.....a bit like being on a boat the whole time. The hospital did give me prism glasses to wear...like Josie....but i found they made me feel sick...so they said to stop using them. I still get alot of pain and tightness around my eye and the right hand side of my face....but the Consultant says this is the muscles and nerves repairing. Not sure how long the vision will take to repair...my Consultant did say could take up to 2 years! Hope not! Well, you really have done well ...very early days for you.....take care rest up.....and congratulations on your 70th Birthday last saturday :D

Love Tinaxx

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many thanks to all of you for your replies,this is the only place that i have been able to get any sense about sah,most illnesses have a phone or local place you can contact,but not this one,just like me to get somthing unusual,had another 20 min walk twice today,on my own,not without my patch,so i am trying,but get really annoyed because i cant do the things that i want to,once again thanks for your help prue

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Prue, it does get better, but like with anything it does take time ..... you're doing really well with the walking and one problem that I had was with depth perception and everything looked flat .... used to trip up all of the time or fall into pot holes. I still find some pavements challenging and tend to walk on the road!

Anything that you need to ask, then go ahead ...

Hope that you're feeling well today...

K xx

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Hi Prue,

Do you want a photo avatar to appear next to your name when you post? If you do, then just email the photo to me at behindthegray@gmail.com

Glad that you're finding some comfort with the website and anything that you need to ask, then please fire away, there's normally always somebody that can help.

You're doing well Prue xx

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prue here just to give update on how i have been,have been trying without patch,as karen suggested,find it ouite difficult with balance,but stuck it for 3 hours,i had a little single vision,but side view and looking up was not good and gave me a headache,eye is still only half open at the moment but then it is only 31 days since op.have been going for 2 walks of 20 mins on my own every day,i am walking straight,but would not try it without patch.done a bit of hovering and other housework,went into the shops yesterday on my way to have a flue jab,then exhausted,not bad for a young 70 year old, ha ha

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Hi Prue,

You're doing brilliantly! No, I would definetly not recommend walking without your eye being patched over! Perhaps just trying to patch over the good eye when you're in the house and not in any danger of falling over or banging in to things.... perhaps early afternoon, or when you're not feeling quite so tired etc or when sitting. It's kind of, just trying to alternate the eye patching .... if that makes sense.... and making the weaker eye a bit stronger and gets the eye muscles working. Give yourself some time though and don't do anything that takes you out of your comfort zone.....you're v.early day....

I'm no medical expert, so feel free to ignore ..... I'm just passing on what I was told to do by the SAH specialist nurse.

I think, that for a 70 year old, you're absolutely wonderful!!! xx

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Guest ElaineW

Wow, you really are doing brilliantly, my mum had her SAH May 2008 and she is 76, Mum was blind in her right eye before the event so cannot comment on your query. After lots of hic ups she is also doing well now and I am so proud of her and you should be proud of yourself too. Walking on your own at this stage is a fantastic acheivement and long may it continue. Mum is a bit wobbly with her walking and tends to go from side to side and has shaky hands. I hope your vision improves. My mum like you gets very frustrated at what she cant do now as she was very independent before - but hey no worries (I keep telling her) - you have both survived and thats the best outcome of all. I wish you well in your continued recovery but try not to over do it - that is easy to do if you are having a good day. And don't forget those "L" plates we don't want any speeding!!!!!!!

Lots of love Elaine xxx

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sorry to bother you but i have a question about double vision i find when i take my patch off i feel like im looking cross eyed did you feel like that or is it just me .pruexx

Hi Prue and welcome to behindthegray.... :)

You're doing pretty well considering that your SAH wasn't that long ago.. I had the third nerve palsy to my right eye and the double vision took quite a few months to go..... but like Jan, would still get double when I was tired or turned my eyes in a certain position.

I'm just over 3 years on and my vision is still affected, but manageable. I also used to patch over the eye, mainly using round cotton wool make-up pads and surgical tape. I found that the material patches tended to make my eye sore.

I was also told that it's a good idea to patch over the good eye now and again, as it will help the droopy one to get stronger. Apparently the eye muscles can get weak, so long term patching of the same eye won't help.

I was also given eye drops to help lubricate the eye, which would cool it down as well, as it would get v.dry and feel sore. I was told that the affected eye was dry, because you don't blink enough after the nerve palsy.

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Hi Prue and yes, I did feel like that.

It would take a good hour not to feel cross eyed after taking the patch off. Prue, you're very early days with your eyesight and SAH, but it will improve .... I was told that my eyesight would be totally fine after 6 weeks and what a load of rubbish that statement was. My sight has caused me as many problems as the SAH itself, but I'm still experiencing recovery with the sight.

Have you got an eye appointment with the hospital? I was given glasses with prism tape on them ..... and I was also given extra tape to patch over my sunglasses. If you haven't got an appointment, then it might be worth going to see your GP and hopefully they will be able to refer you on, so that you can get some help with your eyes.

Good luck xx

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many thanks for your kind reply,what would we all do without people like you as we have nowhere else to go to find out these things apart from the people who have been through it love prue xx

Hi Prue and yes, I did feel like that.

It would take a good hour not to feel cross eyed after taking the patch off. Prue, you're very early days with your eyesight and SAH, but it will improve .... I was told that my eyesight would be totally fine after 6 weeks and what a load of rubbish that statement was. My sight has caused me as many problems as the SAH itself, but I'm still experiencing recovery with the sight.

Have you got an eye appointment with the hospital? I was given glasses with prism tape on them ..... and I was also given extra tape to patch over my sunglasses. If you haven't got an appointment, then it might be worth going to see your GP and hopefully they will be able to refer you on, so that you can get some help with your eyes.

Good luck xx

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Hello Prue

And warm welcome to the site, I thought I'd replied to the but obviously not so I'm sorry that its late, better late than never though......

My optic neirve was very badly damaged with the SAH, and I'm light sentive now.....

take care

Louise.x

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i seem to be getting a problem with my right eye now,my bad eye is the left,have been trying without the patch,{i wear glasses)so thought i would be wise to give it a go without my patch, but as soon as i put my glasses on ,its as if i have the wrong glasses on ,and my double vision is coming from my right eye (when its my left eye that has the patch on ) ido get times without getting double vision but if i look to the side or up (back to double vision) i know its very early days 39 days only (think im expecting miracles dont you)

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