August 31st, 2006

Dr. Nick

Kiss your wallet good bye!

There aren't any opthamologists nearby, so I finally ended up making an appointment with a local General Practicioner.  I figured all I needed was some drugs, so it wouldn't really matter.

I go in, and the doctor says that it's definitely an infection, but after having a closer look, he goes and gets a flourescent dye strip and touches it to my eye, then holds up a UV lamp.  Then he had me stand in front of a mirror so I could see what he was seeing.

Normally, the flourescent dye doesn't stick to the eye, it gets washed off by the tears, so the eye appears normal under UV.   My eye had a huge pool of glowing dye right over the pupil, the clear sign of a cornea errosion.  No wonder my eye is hurting, not only is it infected, but it's missing about a square centimeter of surface!

The doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotic drops and a bottle of Vicodin, and he made an appointment for me with a specialist tomorrow morning.  Not sure how I'm going to get there, it was hard enough driving a few miles over rural roads to get to this doctor, the specialist is in the middle of Omaha, roughly a 30 mile drive.

I went next door to the pharmacy and got the prescription filled.  While I was waiting, I started needing to blow my nose, but I didn't have any tissue, so I just kind of sniffled until I got back to the car.  After I finally was able to blow my nose, I happened to glance down at the tissue, and it was bright, day-glow yellow!  Amazing that a large enough quantity of that dye could get from my eye down into my nose.

When I got home, I tried to get a photo of the dye spot in my eye, but unfortunately my cellphone camera is sensitive to UV light, so it couldn't really distinguish anything.  It was really something to see, though, a huge radioactive-glowing green blob covering the entire pupil and most of the iris.  Ick.