Sauron’s Eye Or…

by Jhet Bhlak on October 1, 2010

Ouch ouch ouch ouch! Bloody hell OUCH!

I’ve written about this before on this blog and another one I have. Dry Eye. It has actually been quite a while since I’ve had a flare up of it. It hurts like hell so I’ve decided to make you suffer along with me through my atrocious writing and incessant whining.

It’s a toss up on if it is a good thing it happened today instead of another weekday. I say that because I took a vacation day today to go get my hair trimmed. If it would have happened on a work day I’d of had to call in sick, which I hate to do.

What happens with me and my dry eyes is that at some point early in the morning when I’m half awake, I open my eyes to look at the clock or whatever and I realize my eyes are dry. My eyelids have actually stuck to the cornea and when I either move my eyeballs or try and open my eyes it causes a corneal abrasion.

So what’s it feel like? Well that depends on the severity. Today it isn’t as bad and feels like I have rug burn on my eyeball. Some of the worst times feels like I’ve stuck broken shards of glass in my eyes and started blinking rapidly.

The problem really isn’t the pain though. It’s the fact that I cannot see after it happens. When I open my eyes it like trying to stare directly into the sun. Try doing that on a sunny day and you won’t be able to keep your eyes open. That will last for at least 3 hours.

Once I can open my eyes I have the problem of very blurry vision out of the eye(s) that have been affected. The blurriness depends on how badly my eye has been scratched. Today everything is mildly blurry out of my left eye so it’s not so bad. The worst time I was seeing quadruplicate of everything out of the eye that was affected. The blurriness can last anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days.

What happens when you get a scratch on your cornea is that your eye tries to heal itself. How it does this is to create a single layer of cells over the affected area and to fill it with fluid. The fluid is not exactly clear and has some opacity to it. Once the scratch is healed, the fluid drains and you can see normally again.

Here is the problem with the fluid though, it makes night driving very difficult. Any lights, such as headlights or tail lights, will cause an extreme halo effect in your vision. It make driving on the roads like driving through a very blurry Christmas scene. Not fun.

So here ends your dry eye lesson number one. I hope you’ve enjoyed my pain and suffering because I sure have not. :)

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