I’m really nearsighted. So nearsighted that I joke that I wouldn’t be able to get out of the house without my glasses on!
Some call me “Ms. Magoo” after the Mr. Magoo cartoon character. Yes, it’s that bad.
I also have really dry eyes.
I discovered this about 15 years ago when I was a daily contact lens wearer and was experiencing double vision. Turns out wearing contacts – combined with a natural lack of tear production – was creating “dehydrated corneas”, which were causing the double vision.
Thus, I wear glasses all the time, and I wear contacts only when I’m doing sports activities.
The last time I had a fitting for contact lenses was approximately eight years ago and I had gotten down to the last pair of lenses in my box of “daily” wear lenses a few weeks ago. Since Tim expressed interest in getting contacts for running, I set up appointments for both of us to get fitted for lenses on the 4th.
Except I had an infection. In. My. EYES.
All I had been experiencing (I thought) was my seasonal allergies: dry, itchy eyes! How could I have an infection?
Anyhoo, he put me on an ocular antibiotic and told me that I couldn’t wear contact lenses until this clears up.
(Um…doesn’t he know I’m training for a triathlon?!?)
I was ordered to use the drops three times a day and come back in a week to get fitted for contacts. Over the past week I struggled running and biking with my regular, non-sports compatible prescription sunglasses. Not fun.
Fast forward to yesterday. The infection is only down about a third. A THIRD?!?
The treatment now – in addition to the continued contact lens ban – is using lubricating drops liberally throughout the day and he hopes (HOPES!??!) that it’ll clear up in two weeks. If not, he’s going to refer me to a corneal specialist to see why I continue to have an infection.
If there are any of you out there reading this, please send healing vibes to not only get this infection licked but to allow me to not do a swim leg of a triathlon blind like Mr. Magoo!
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In other news, I got a new pair of sunglasses! I’m so trendy…