My grandma woke up a couple of days ago totally blind in her right eye. When my grandfather got up from bed, he found her sitting her chair. She told him, “I need you to take me to the doctor, I can’t see anything out of my right eye”. He took her to their prescheduled primary care doctor’s appointment, who immediately sent them to a retina specialist. The retina specialist diagnosed her with retinal vein occlusion – basically a condition in which the eye has the equivalent of a stroke. The blood supply to her retina had been painlessly blocked by a blood clot or something like that and her retina died.
She has been in good spirits and seems to be pretty accepting of this. She will be going in to the doctor tomorrow to get tests done to try to spot potential carotid artery issues that could cause a stroke in the future. Our main goal now is prevention of any further issues.