Monday, February 4, 2008

"Eye" am in Pain

eyemeds, originally uploaded by Klick Here.

I have another eye infection. Since this is the 2nd time in 3 months, my eye doctor sent me to a vision specialist to figure out what's going on and why.

Me:'s been dry and itchy. My vision is blurred. My eyes turn red and there's a lot of pressure by the end of the day.
Doctor Who Looks 12 Years Old: Hm...let me try this temporary orange dye. It will let me see the cornea of your eye.
Me: Is it bad?
Doctor: Yes. Let me try this green dye now so see the skin layer over your eyes.
Me: How's it look?
Doctor: Bad. Let me try this blue dye now so see how much pressure you have in your eye sockets.
Me: This stuff burns.
Doctor: Whoops. Spilled it all over your eyelid. That'll leave a stain for about 24 hours. Hm...are you sure you're not in pain?
Me: Yes. no pain. Just discomfort.
Doctor: You should really be in pain.
Me: ...uh, but isn't it good that I'm not?
Doctor: I guess so. Here, now let me rub this cotton swab over your eyeball.

I am not kidding. He rubbed a freaking Qtip over my eye. He then also proceeded to take a piece of orange rubber and randomly jab it along the top and bottom of my eyes, under my eyelids. This was after he flipped both eyelids of course. I felt very violated.

When the exam was over, he gave me the prescription meds and the normal Systane eye drops that I already had. In fact, I have about 10 bottles of it stashed all over the place. I then asked him what's causing my eyes to have this reaction.

Me: Do you know what's causing it?
Doctor: No. I also can't tell if it's dry eyes caused by an allergic reaction or if it's an allergic reaction caused by dry eyes.
Me: long will it take to heal?
Doctor: I don't know.
Me: there a way to prevent this happening again in 3 months?
Doctor: I don't know.
Me: How long will I have to be on these meds?
Doctor: I don't know.
Me: Glad we had this chat.

It's very frustrating to have my eyes bother me so much and not be able to do anything about it. I take that back, they gave me the medication drops to put in my eyes, which burn. It's sort of like having a poisonous lizard lick your eyeball. And they told me to put the Systane in every 15 minutes, without fail. I don't think he understands how short a period of time 15 minutes is! It's like...15 MINUTES! As you can probably guess, I have repeatedly forgotten. Like right now in fact. It took me about 30 minutes to alter the photo, load it onto Flickr and then write this blog. Not once did I use my eye drops. Sheesh.