These are REALLY big pictures of my eyes

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Be warned - what follows is somewhat gross giant pictures of my eyes. It isn't bloody or anything, but if medical pictures make you sick to your stomach, consider this your only warning...

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor for a checkup. I had a bit of a scare a few weeks ago when I went to the DMV and found that I could barely read the letters during the eye test. I've always had a weak left eye and felt like I had pretty poor vision for small text and stuff like that, but the DMV visit was a bit of a wake up call. I can stand being overweight. I can stand losing the use of my legs even. But the thought of losing my eyes is pretty scary. Turns out though my eye sight wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. I've got 20/20 in the right and 20/30 in the left. The only concern the doc had was that nothing seemed to work for improving the vision in the left eye. This could have been a cataract or something else. They did a few quick tests and did see some 'extra' nerve tissue around my left eye and some basic general underdevelopment that account for the issue. Basically, no big deal, I've had it all my life, etc etc. But to be safe they wanted to take some high res pictures and check it again next year to see if there was any difference.

When they took the pictures and I saw them - I thought it was incredibly cool. I asked if I could get a copy (I had hope it wouldn't be an issue, they're my eyes after all), and the doctor said it would not be a problem. I just got the pictures today. For each you an click for a really big version but I wouldn't recommend that.

Right Eye

Left Eye

You can kind of see the additional nerve stuff (white stuff) in this pic.

Of course, as long as my eyes do not look like this, I've got nothing to worry about...

+5 Geek Points to the first person to ID the picture - I'll give you a hint - look to the Matrix...

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Phillip Senn posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:49 PM

Dr. Who?

Comment 2 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:52 PM

You are so far away it isn't even funny. ;)

Comment 3 by Ryan Vikander posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:53 PM

If you look hard enough you can see the Coldfusion logo embedded in the walls of the right eye.

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:56 PM

Epic comment @Ryan. :)

Comment 5 by d00ber posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:57 PM

Cool! My new Droid-X wallaper. Glad there is nothing seriously wrong, Ray!

Comment 6 by SuperAlly posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:57 PM

Rasta Eye Guards? I'm a little Freaked.

Comment 7 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:58 PM

And we have a winner. ;) The matrix thing was a ref to Keanu being in Freaked too. As a werewolf. Seriously. IMDB-it.

Comment 8 by TJ Downes posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:58 PM


Comment 9 by David Vaccaro posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:58 PM

Freaked!!! A geek movie for sure.

Comment 10 by TJ Downes posted on 7/13/2011 at 7:59 PM

Bah, too late. Guess I should have refreshed the comments before i replied

Comment 11 by Cameron Childress posted on 7/13/2011 at 8:02 PM

Freaked. Per SuperAlly.

Typed "eyeballs guns" into Google Image search and it was on the second page. Scary good that Google Image search...

Comment 12 by David Vaccaro posted on 7/13/2011 at 8:02 PM

On a serious note... I can't seam to see that great but all my eye tests say I don't need glasses. It is almost like a random failure thing. What was the Drs answer to the RMV issue?

Comment 13 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/13/2011 at 8:04 PM

@DV: Nothing really - maybe I didn't try hard enough. ;)

Comment 14 by Joseph Potthast posted on 7/13/2011 at 9:49 PM

Glad there is nothing seriously wrong with your eyes. I'm curious though how do they take that photo? I'm imagining something pointed point blank and a bright flash?

Comment 15 by Collectonian posted on 7/13/2011 at 9:51 PM

I love those high res pics! They are so cool. My doctor does them too, though I never thought to ask for copies...pooh.

Glad there wasn't anything seriously wrong :-) 20/30 is pretty good. Did they recommend reading glasses for smaller stuff?

I don't know my Snellen ratio, though its probably off the chart. My prescription for contacts is like -8.5/-8.75 :-P (and yes, seeing this post made me go Google the name of that chart with the big E...rather fascinating reading what 20/20 actually means :-D )

Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/13/2011 at 9:52 PM

It was a piece of hardware I rested my chin on. I stared into a big black tube type thing at a small green light. And them bam - a big flash. Not a painful one though - which is kind of surprising - but quite bright. Then I repeated with the other eye.

I also had an eye pressure test - where they quickly rested something against my eye ball. That was a bit freaky.

Comment 17 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/13/2011 at 9:54 PM

@Collectionian (sounds like a Transformer name ;) - I wear glasses and my prescription is getting slightly modified.

Comment 18 by Tami posted on 7/13/2011 at 10:26 PM

FREAKED! early 90s I think.....

Comment 19 by Tami posted on 7/13/2011 at 10:27 PM

And... our eye doc has been using this technology for a couple years. We have to "Pay" not to have our eyes dialated... which I happily do! It is indeed a very cool thing -- sorta like having your eye pressed against a scanner :)

Comment 20 by Dave Long posted on 7/13/2011 at 11:09 PM

I think it is actually the dark side causing issues in your eye. The doctor just didn't believe it... was he Han Solo?

In all seriousness good to hear your alright.

Comment 21 by Jeff Coughlin posted on 7/14/2011 at 3:09 AM

Just as a fun tidbit, for faster image searching (to find where it came from), just drag the image into google's image search (did you know you could do that?).

I used FF to drag the image from Ray's blog into google's image search using Chrome (works in FF too, I just wanted to to do something quick). Found my answer right away.

Thanks to Sean Coyne for showing me the new Google Image Search drag+drop feature this morning :)

Comment 22 by Cameron Childress posted on 7/14/2011 at 3:29 AM

@JeffCoughlin - Woah that is very very cool and I definitely did not know that.