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Eye exam at clinic in Pak Chong

I noticed eye flashes the other morning, something I never experienced before. So I got Goggling about it and found this:

Photopsia
Flashes of light often noticed in the edges of the visual field. Photopsia can have many causes, including mechanical (rather than visual) stimulation of light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors) in the retina. For example, a detached retina can cause photopsia when the retina pulls away or detaches from tissue in the inner back of the eye. A vitreous detachment with accompanying photopsia can occur when the eye’s gel-like interior begins to shrink and pull against the retina. Photopsia can be accompanied by a shower of spots and floaters.

That didn’t sound good and the other information I found recommended getting my eyes checked right away. So I went into town, which is the town of Pak Chong a couple hours northeast of Bangkok, and saw an eye doctor at his clinic. He is Dr. Mongkhol (Nai Phaet Mongkhol) who works at the public hospital in Pak Chong but like many of the doctors there he also has his own clinic that is open in the evenings and on weekends. The small clinic is located on the main road through town opposite Siam Commercial Bank. The sign is in Thai so you will need to be able to read Thai or ask around (in Thai most likely) to find it.

The public hospital is packed all day every day, the result of making it virtually free for Thais via the so-called 30 baht program. So trying to see a doctor there is beyond frustrating. That’s why many doctors have their own successful clinics that allow people who are willing to pay to walk in and see a doctor without waiting any entire day. The service is much better as well. So I walked in and waited about 30 minutes behind the other people in front of me before seeing the doctor.

He spoke some English, well enough for me to explain the problem and for him to explain the findings of his tests. It has been a long time since I had my eyes examined by a doctor. I’ve only been to the optometrist a few times for many years. He did all the tests, vision, glaucoma, and a couple of other things to check for retinal detachment and PVDs. I had read that posterior vitreous detachments (PVDs) are far more common than retinal detachments and often are not an emergency even when floaters appear suddenly. He said that there were some PVDs that are natural results from aging and that there was nothing serious to be concerned about.

The exam seemed thorough and the doctor good enough. Cost was 350 baht.

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