My Journey with dry eye
my Journey with dry eye
by, 26-Jun-2012 at 22:14 (823 Views)
Went to the opthalmologist on the 2nd. My eyes were so bad they were burning holes in my head. My son took me as I could not keep my eyes open for any longer than a few seconds. Had to wait forever in his office 1.5hrs. By the time I got in and he looked at my eyes I was an emotional wreck. He said I wasn't keeping my eyes clean enough, they were all gummed up. I burst into tears and told him I was trying the best that I could. The drops were all gummy and leaving crap all over my eyes. I was working and could not take the time to soak my eyes all the time. Only when I was at home. Anyway, he became more serious and attentive after my little outburst. He seemed very surprised. I am pretty tough, thought I would never break but I did. He then prescribed tobradex for me and told me to come back on Friday. Saw him on Friday, and he checked my eyes and stated that the steriod was working. Then he suggested that I go in for lower plugs. He would do them at the hospital, when the infection cleared.
Went to my family doctor on Monday, and she gave me 30days sick leave. She just looked at my eyes and said you are off. Do not worry, I will take care of all the medical forms. What a sweetheart she was. By the 11, my infection was cleared. I still could not keep my eyes open, so the Optho suggested restasis. I started the next day. Plugs booked for the 28th. My eyes were still very sore, but they seemed to work a little better for a few hours in the morning, I could be on my computer for 10 minutes. I still could not watch tv or read. Audio books are a godsend and so is CBC radio as they talk about everything under the sun. Some days were better than others. I prayed every night for healing for myself and everyone I knew. When the plugs went in on my lower lids, the second day they were kind of picky, but after that I didn't notice them so much. This dryeye site is the best thing ever. I learned a lot from everyone. I ordered the guard dog over rx and began to wear them. Ugly as sin, but at my age I am confident and secure enough with myself that I began to wear them out and about.
Being able to function was more important than my looks. I found that people were very nice and friendly towards me. I think they thought I was of very low vision and were very helpful.
My eyes began to feel a bit better. By the end of the month I think they were at a steady 4 out of 10.
I began to enjoy food and started to eat again. My birthday was coming up and I was determined to go out and enjoy myself.