SPK continues to plague me. My corneas stubbornly refuse to become “un-irritated”.
It’s very inconvenient. I’m still stuck wearing glasses and have to put eye drops in my ailing peepers every waking hour.
Plus, I really miss my peripheral vision. It helps me avoid falling up or down stairs. Without peripheral vision, my true clutsy-ness is obvious.
Yesterday, I had a follow-up appointment with the eye doc. It was a very brief appointment that went something like this:
- Sit down in exam chair
- Rest chin on the slit lamp machine’s chin-perch
- Force each eye to stare at a blinding light for a few seconds
- Cover one eye with a small plastic paddle thing and read the lowest line on the eye chart I can
- Swap eyes and repeat
- Move to the tornado-in-a-machine’s torture chair and get startled by a windstorm shot at each eye
My eyes improved. At the previous appointment, my left eye rated 3 out of 5 a cornea irritation scale (good to bad). My right eye was a 2. This time, my left eye is a 2 and my right is a 1.
The middle parts of my corneas are clear, but there are still signs of irritation along the edges.
My eye pressure dramatically improved, too. At the 7/15 follow-up appointment, the doctor adjusted my prescription because the steroids in the original one doubled the pressure in my eyes. Now, the pressure’s back to just about where it started – 11 in one eye and 12 in the other. Good news for anyone wanting to avoid glaucoma.
Another Round Pending
We scheduled one more SPK follow-up appointment for August 15th, but – here’s the REALLY good news – we can combine the SPK exam with a full vision exam. FINALLY!
I cannot wait to get the comprehensive exam. It’s long overdue. Remember, I originally went to the eye doctor on July 1 for my full exam, but was waylaid by this dratted SPK.
I want to order new glasses and really need a new supply of contacts. I’m down to my last four pairs of lenses. Closest I’ve ever come to running out.
After my prescription is updated, it always takes a few weeks to receive my new contacts. I must need special lenses – the “she’s so near-sighted that she’s almost blind” kind.
Last time, there was an ordering glitch, so it took about 4-5 weeks to receive the correct pair. I hope to avoid that delay this time around.
Looks like the doc’s original estimate of 6-8 weeks for this to run its course was accurate. Hopefully, I’m on the tail end of my recovery.