Who stabs their eyeball with the corner of a piece of paper and unnecessarily has to endure ‘monster eye’ for days? Yes, this girl. On Friday morning, I awakened to a swollen eyelid that looked like a ‘fat lip,” extreme redness and constant wateriness of the eye. Every time I blinked, I felt pain, like something gritty and scratchy was trapped underneath. I finally decided to go to the doctor’s, and was told that I had suffered a corneal abrasion. Fears of an eye patch and burning sensations flashed in my mind because I had injured this same eye in a similar manner once before…on the cellophane of a Fruit Roll-Up…don’t ask. It was so bad then that I distinctly remember my father peeling an orange across from me, and the citrus spray hitting the air caused my eye to burn.
After viewing my dye-soaked eye under a microscope, the doctor confirmed that I had suffered a corneal abrasion…a scratch to my iris to be exact. She explained that I’d experience even more pain because of the positioning of this scratch. (sigh) But, the good news is…corneal abrasions heal quickly and she told me I’d be back to normal by Monday…if I didn’t strain my eye. I was given antibiotic eye drops to take every 4 hours for 7 days, and so far, they’ve been doing the trick.
The doctor also told me to stay away from screens of any kind for 48 hours. It was like telling me I had to fast. Of course, I tried to push the limits because I had a writing assignment I needed to complete and proof… and a live conference to attend this weekend. In the end, I couldn’t do work because of the constant headaches from trying to read paragraphs, but I was able to attend the conference without much discomfort. I dimmed the light on my laptop screen, turned off room lights, and used the backlit feature on my keyboard – all while wearing a pair of sunglasses.
So, if you suffer a corneal abrasion, there are multiple hazards that will cause you pain and discomfort, which I thought I’d share:
I could not sit up in the car without feeling the burn of the sun on my eye, so I had to lay back the seat during my ride home.
Any Light in a Room
Kitchen lights, bedroom lights, the light above the stove, and especially the bathroom vanity mirror light (which is the main source of light in my bathroom) all caused discomfort. I truly suggest wearing a pair of sunglasses in the house to avoid the constant shuddering that follows when you come in contact with one of these light sources.
For the first two days, it felt like I was reinjuring my eye every time I blinked. This just made me want to lie in bed all day with my eyes closed, but I couldn’t.
The Temperature Display on my Fan
Little things will stress your eye. Oddly enough, the small amount of light emitted from the digital display on my Ozeri Ultra Tower Fan affected my eye.
Opening the refrigerator door was a disaster for my eye, and I was reminded quickly that it was a danger zone.
One of the most penetrating sources of pain for my eye was the light from our flat-screen television, which caused throbbing pain behind my eye and headaches (even when my eyes were closed). Once again, wearing sunglasses helped immensely.
Thank goodness for brightness controls and being able to tilt the screen backwards because my normal setting was a killer.
Upon opening my Kindle screen, the brightness was extreme, and made me feel like Dracula wincing from the vaporizing rays of a sunrise.
Answering a call or checking my phone produced light that stressed my eye.
I was skeptical that reading would hurt my eyes, but it really does take effort to focus on print and absorb the material. I was unable to proofread my work or read long passages without pain, general discomfort and wateriness.