Last weekend, my right eye started bothering me. It was itchy and watery. I thought it was caused by my allergies, which usually cause me problems about this time every year. Saturday was very bad, so I took out my contacts for most of the day. Sunday was better. Monday was bad again.
Then, Tuesday morning, my eye was very red, swollen, and painful. I went to see the eye doctor early Tuesday afternoon – the earliest he could see me. It turns out that I have a corneal ulcer – a small hole in the cornea of my right eye. The doctor is treating the ulcer with antibiotic eye drops every two hours. Also, I cannot wear my contact until it is completely healed, and I have to go back to the eye doctor every day until he is sure that it has healed.
If the ulcer responds well to the antibiotic eye drops, then everything will probably clear up fine. I may have a small scar on my eye, but it is above the lid line and will not affect my vision much, if at all. However, if the ulcer does not respond to the eye drops, then there is probably some bad bacteria involved. This could be more serious.
I went back to the eye doctor this morning (Wednesday). The pain was much less, but my eye is still very red. The doctor said the hole has healed about 60% – which is very good news. He’s concerned about the redness, but he says everything else looks very positive. I go back to the doctor again tomorrow afternoon.
Besides the pain – which is bearable now – the only problem now is that I have to wear my glasses. I’ve never worn glasses. I was first diagnosed as being near-sighted (very, very near-sighted) when I was in the 9th grade, and I immediately started wearing contacts. I’ve always had glasses in case of emergency, but this is the first time I’ve had to wear them to drive, to work in, to study, to read, etc. I’m also finding that my eye gets tired very easily. So, both my computer work and my studies are a little more difficult.
God has been good through all of this. And, my family and friends have been very understanding and encouraging as well. I would appreciate your prayers as well.