Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My eyes are still working

I saw my optometrist today. I'd been feeling frustrated with her and her office because I always felt like I was waiting there. Then I realized that I wasn't allocating enough time for the appointments: a regular appointment would be 45 minutes and if my pupils were being dilated as well, I'd be there an extra half hour at least.

Today I was happy that I'd kept this optometrist because when I told her about my sarcoidosis, she knew exactly what the disease was, how it appears in the eye, how it's treated in the eye, and the side effects of those treatments. She's the first health professional I've run into so far who's known what this is all about.

Fortunately, there's nothing going on with my eyes at present and we have a good baseline for the future. I have more things I'm supposed to watch for, but I can't really remember all of it. Pain, flashing lights, curtain of blackness, sudden light hypersensitivity, swelling... there are more, I'm sure. I figure if I have a sudden change in my vision that I should see my optometrist and if she's not available I should go to the ER.

Having two systemic illnesses sure is complicated.

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