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Corneal Ulcer

Posted by on Sep 3, 2008 in personal | 14 comments

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.


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  1. 9-3-2008

    Brother I will be praying for you. I pray for a speedy recovery my friend.

  2. 9-3-2008

    From one vision impaired guy to another… I pray for your healing my four-eyed friend.

  3. 9-3-2008

    Praying for you!

  4. 9-3-2008


    You’ve got my prayers!!


  5. 9-3-2008

    I’m sorry to hear about that. Glad that it is now 60% better, but I will pray for a speedy recovery and no scarification. Thanks for letting us know…

  6. 9-3-2008


    j.r.stole my thunder re the “four-eyed” comment. I’m sorry to hear of your plight, but you belong to a family who are praying for your healing.

  7. 9-3-2008


    I remember that once when I scratched my cornea from wearing my contacts too long, the doctor told me that the eye is probably the most sensitive part of our body, yet, thankfully, the quickest to heal itself. I know that can’t be much fun at all. I pray God will give you a rapid and total recovery.

  8. 9-3-2008

    Alan several weeks ago I didn’t know you at all. I know that these blogs can put on a front to reality but in the time that I’ve read your entries I have been greatly encouraged in my walk with Christ and His church even here in Stoke-on-Trent, England (yes Jesus is real even here!)

    Thus I join with the others in praying for a swift and full recovery for you and I look forward to seeing more of your visionary work for God’s glory in the foreseeable future. (I wonder if there are any other see words I can use in this entry).

    Bless you and your family Alan!

    da man cd

  9. 9-3-2008

    I have also worn contacts since 9th grade (when I was diagnosed) and I have never worn glasses, so I understand how weird that must be.

    Take care and I will pray for quick and complete recovery.

  10. 9-3-2008

    I appreciate all the kind words and the prayers. My eyes are very tired today after working and teaching wearing glasses.


  11. 9-3-2008


    As a veteran of eye problems myself, I am praying for you. I had a similar situation several years ago. I’m think about just going with a visor like Geordi from Star Trek.

  12. 9-3-2008

    Your in my prayers.

  13. 9-4-2008

    Hang in there.
    Your writings have been a encouragement to our family.
    We will be praying for you and the family.
    Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy healing shall spring forth speedily..

  14. 9-4-2008


    I am praying for your speedy and complete recovery dear Brother.