Day 67; Footnotes of Got ‘er Done, My Eye Exam Adventures

I absolutely do not like going to the doctor, any doctor.  At this point, I’m not even sure I have a primary doctor, its been probably two years since I’ve been. Thank you Lord for good health.  Today though, I had no choice. I had to go and get my long overdue eye exam. I really thought I would be lectured, but I wasn’t.

 I called the other week and made the appointment. I have no insurance so I have to pay for this myself and wasn’t sure what it was going to cost. When I had insurance, I could file it on  my medical because of the eye condition I was diagnosed with: | Keratoconus – Symptoms and causes – Mayo ClinicJul 10, 2020 — Keratoconus (ker-uh-toe-KOH-nus) occurs when your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped front surface of your eye — thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape. A cone-shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may cause sensitivity to light and glare. (Thank you google and Mayo Clinic)

 This meant I now have to do something I swore I would never do, wear contact lens. Not just regular toss away contacts, but the rigid kind, so to make my eyes be the shape the need to be so I am able to see as I should. If I needed a new set of contacts, that was really going to jump the price of this visit, and I feared that was exactly what I needed because of the difficulty I was having seeing out of the ones I had.

SoToday was the day. Today I had to face the thing to come. And I had to wear a mask to enter the building and while doing the exam, kinda like a firing squad?

I get there fifteen minutes early and get checked in, and told to find a seat six feet from anyone else. Which wasn’t difficult as there wasn’t that many people inside and they had removed most of the chairs.

I didn’t have to wait long before I was called back and the testing began. It was then I was told after complaining, that I could remove the mask. You don’t have to tell me twice. Cover one eye, read a chart, cover the other eye, read the chart, are there any changes in this record or that information or has anyone had any issues that aren’t on record?

Okay, follow me please and have a seat here, the doctor will be in shortly. I really like this doctor, he knows his stuff but he isn’t stuffy. He is the one who discovered the condition while every other doctor blamed it on cataracts. Yet nothing they did nor none of the new glasses helped. The contacts, as difficult as they were to adjust to, worked.

Then, he dilated my eyes, or in my opinion, poured liquid fire into my eyes. Then sent me to wait. I was then called into a small area where the lovely little machine shot puffs of air into each eye. How does that gauge the pressure  in your eye? Maybe I need to pay a visit to the rabbit hole.

While at the office, I asked the doctor how does a puff of air measure pressure. His answer? “Magic” Then he did explain basically what the above link states but in his own words. I told him I liked the first answer better.

He then proceeded to shine one of the brightest, most intense lights into my eyes. This my friends, would work better than water boarding prisoners. I don’t know what he may have seen back there, but I’m betting he could pretty well see the chair I was sitting in that light was so bright. And yes, it hurt.

Turns out my vision hasn’t changed, I don’t need new contacts, I simply need them cleaned as there was a build up of calcium(?) he told me, anyway, they cleaned my contacts and it was as if I put a new set in my eyes.

The bill wasn’t as traumatic to pay as I feared and I headed for home. Thankfully I had a good pair of sunglasses in the car.

Do you know that the dilation takes a while to ease? Long after I got home I was on the back porch when the dogs out front started barking. The sun was beginning to set so it was shining directly into my front door. I walked up to the door to look out and it felt as if someone had shoved a hot poker in my eyes. Of course having the contacts in didn’t help that one bit.

So now I’m good for another year unless something happens. I have that out of the way. Next week I know is going to cost as both of my dogs are due for their heart worm test and shot. I think those two need to get a job and earn their keep, oh wait, they do. They protect their home and share snuggles and love. And you can’t put a price tag on that.

Molly and Bella a bit tired after a hike.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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10 Responses to Day 67; Footnotes of Got ‘er Done, My Eye Exam Adventures

  1. leendadll says:

    Yay for no vision changes!

    I won’t swear to it but I believe they’re looking at the back of your eyeball when shining the light in your eye. It seems extra bright due to the dilation and it being focused on your receptors.

    Is there no surgery option for your condition? Or do you not want surgery? I know part of lasik involves reshaping the cornea but I’m guessing your condition causes a change too extreme for that.

    • If it gets bad enough, the only option is to replace the cornea with a transplant. My prayers is that will never become necessary.

      • leendadll says:

        It’s a pretty smooth surgery (I used to work with eye surgery devices) but I totally understand why you wouldn’t want to do it!!

      • Back when I worked, there was a lady who has the same condition who did have to have the surgery. She had a lot of issues for a long time with her eye. Having seen that, doesn’t help my concerns any.

      • leendadll says:

        I can imagine! From working on the device side, I can tell you that about 90% of complications were surgeon error or failure to properly sterilize equipment. I tell everyone to throughly investigate their doc before letting them do eye surgery!!

      • These doctors are actually some of the best in the area. Mine has taken his time to talk with me about the condition. I’m not sure exactly what happened with her. I wish I knew how she is doing, I think she got let go before I do though.

      • leendadll says:

        I had a neighbor who had 17 corrective surgeries after botched lasik. She was even profiled in the news. Claimed near total blindness but the day after her case settled, she was magically able to see well enough to drive. Still, I don’t wish 17 eye surgeries on anyone!

        I saw one of our top eye surgeons about a mass on my eyelash line. He was eager to remove it. I’m glad I decided to wait, another eye specialist said I need an ophthalmic plastic surgeon and the first doc would have left me with problems… and no eyelashes!!

      • I went to probably four different doctors before this one. He almost immediately knew what he suspected to be wrong. The minute he put those test contacts in my eyes, the difference was unreal. I had paid out $400 a pop for several years for new glasses and still not able to see well. The contacts was like looking at a whole new world. The others were all saying I needed cataract surgery. no.

      • leendadll says:

        I hate that! I’ve had GI issues for all of my adult life. A year of tests = nothing. In passing, I said something to an urgent doc I’d seen a couple times. Without any further info, he diagnosed it. I verified on the web and started meds a week later!

      • At least he listened. I tried to tell a doctor that I had issues with taking vitamin D, what does she do? Prescribes some mega dose vitamin D. Seriously?? I’ve haven’t been back to her and if I ever get insurance I won’t. I’ll find another.

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