Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Vision Quest

So, if you don't want to hear about my latest health woes, you can skip this post.

My vision started to go bad when I was about six years old. Major astigmatisms in both eyes. When I was in second grade, I developed some small tumors on the upper and lower lids of my left eye. After traipsing from doctor to doctor, we finally found someone who could help. And the tumors were surgically removed leaving me with scars and missing some eyelashes. Fine. No big deal. I never enjoyed wearing contacts because they always felt uncomfortable and made my eyes dry. This was especially bad in Colorado where the climate is so dry.

In May 2005, my mom got me laser eye surgery for my birthday. It changed my life. For the first time in twenty years, I could see. Really see. I felt such freedom. It is still hard for me to believe. I catch myself pushing my "eyeglasses" up on my nose to this day.

Lately, I'm been having some really bad problems with my right eye. Without going into all the gory details, I have ended up with a corneal abrasion that is affecting my vision. It is extremely uncomfortable. When I finally got in to see an eye doctor after wrestling with my HMO, his response was to prescribe an ointment. "If that doesn't work, I don't know what to do. I'll have to refer you to someone else." Gee, thanks.

So, besides being uncomfortable, I am looking at having my vision affected. Did I really only get two years of blissful surgical vision correction? I'm trying to stay positive but it has been months of this mess and it is really starting to wear me down. I am waiting for HMO approval for a second opinion. Wish me luck...

5 comments:

Jasclo said...

ARGH! Hope they can clear that up and quick. Otherwise why would they call them EYE DOCTORS, if they can't do anything?

Purl said...

That's one of the worst replies I've ever heard from a doctor. I hope you can get some relief!

I'm horribly nearsighted, but have been afraid of laser surgery. Like you, I don't like contacts.

Bookfool said...

I've been through the Medical Mill and I know how frustrating it is. There are things I just have to live with, probably because I haven't found the right doctor. I hope you find someone who can help you, and quickly. Hugs.

Bookfool said...

I haven't had that problem but I know the frustration of the medical mill and going from doctor to doctor to find (often) a simple solution. Hope your ointment works and, if not, that you find the perfect doctor with a quick cure. :) Hugs to you.

Genevieve said...

I hope it works! It sounds terrible. Sorry also for the HMO woes - I've never had an HMO, but I don't like the idea of them, and it sounds like it's a real pain to deal with!