Cop an eye-full of that!

I’ve been having a jolly spiffing fun time the last few days. What started as a bloodshot and slightly sore eye on Tuesday night had developed to a throbbing, painful and very unpleasant time by Wednesday morning. A trip to the local GP was in order.

The conclusion from this was that I had an ulcer on the eye – or more technically, a Corneal Ulcer. The causes are many and varied – anything from trauma (ie a scratch) to a bacterial, viral, or fungal (urgh!) infection. Corneal ulcers are one of the leading causes of blindness in the developing world.

The GP’s concern meant I’ve been off work for 3 days, spent most of 2 days bored out of my brain with one eye covered, had a swab taken to check for a viral infection – the most common being Herpes – in other words, a cold-sore on the eye. Which it did not turn out to be, but if it had been then an emergency trip to a specialist was in the planning. I’ve been going back to get it checked each day.

Fortunately. it’s been getting smaller each day, and by Sunday I should be off the eye ointment. Which is another exciting thing. Eye ointment. Whoever came up with the idea of that stuff? Truly hideous… why not drops? Of course, putting eye ointment in by oneself makes for an exciting time, usually resulting in great gobs of the stuff spread over half the face. And another thing – all the internal ducts and stuff are connected. After squirting eye ointment in, it runs through and you get the joy and bliss of tasting it for next 1/2 hour.

Not something I can recommend. If you get a choice, steer clear of eye ulcers.


Oh Wally you poor, poor thing. Honestly, it sounds like one of the worst places to have ‘off line’ for any amount of time (can’t watch TV, can’t read, can’t play on the poota), let alone applying ointment to it!

Comment by Kath Lockett | February 7th, 2009 3:37 pm | Permalink

Ouch! Commiserations . . .my boss once had new ‘lenses’ put in his eyes. He had to be awake for the procedure, imagine that . . watching someone slice your eye open and slipping in an artificial lens. Now when the light catches him ‘just right’ he gets that ‘light in the eye green glow’ that dogs have when you photograph them with a flash . . .spooky!

Hope you’re recovered by Monday.

Comment by Baino | February 8th, 2009 6:53 am | Permalink

Actually, its pretty much right as rain now (Sunday). Good enough to be out making wine this morning!

Comment by Wally | February 8th, 2009 3:41 pm | Permalink

Ah if you’re making wine, then life must be pretty good, methinks!

Comment by Kath Lockett | February 8th, 2009 4:56 pm | Permalink

Actually, I blame it on that Carob. Tuesday night I tried it, and Wednesday… not pretty. MUST be related!

Comment by Wally | February 8th, 2009 5:25 pm | Permalink

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