Monday, January 14, 2013
I was working today, consulting my laptop screen as usual while talking to a client when I suddenly realized I couldn't read my file, at all. I turned my head further to the left, and voila, no problem.
Minutes later, same situation. I was scared to death- I was wearing my contacts and suddenly it was as though I had lost my left contact lens, but surreptitious checking in a reflective surface revealed it was still there.
I have suddenly lost visual acuity in one eye, to the amount of probably doubling my prescription (and I'm at more than -5 diopters normally). I can't see anything coming from the left at all now since I took out my contacts and have limited field of vision with my glasses on.
Called the ophthalmologist as soon as my client left, was given an emergency appointment and it was found out that at least it's (likely) not an inflammation of the optic nerve, retinal detachment or retinopathy.
It could be that the lens sort of "jumped" and moved around a little, or it could be an eye infection (I'm hoping for an eye infection- those are at least pretty easily treated), or an inflammation somewhere in the inner eye, or a complication associated with hypothyroidism.
I have to go to the ER of the big university ophthalmology center tomorrow very early in the morning and take some drops through the night in hopes the problem might resolve itself with a low-dose topical antibiotic. So far no luck, though, and I had to smile and chat through a dinner with clients and one of my firm's partners.
My nerves are shot right now. My eyesight is so bad already, but I was told I had until I was 60 before I'd go blind. I have to get through another two teleconferences tonight and will have to attempt to get some sleep sometime soon- there was very little last night and I'm so tired, but too wired and scared to rest right now (I have a two-hour window of nothing to do).
Pleasepleaseplease just be an infection or inflammation. I can so deal with wearing an eyepatch and taking ABs and will even extend that to eye salves (hate those). I need this to not be something that needs an operation to correct- it will ruin my chances of ever getting LASIK and therefore take a few years off my seeing anything clearly.
At least I'm outwardly zen- my freakouts happen in blog posts and behind closed doors, I can't afford to freak where my bosses or clients could see me.
Just wish me luck, please? This has kind of taken over my entire thought processes for now- I'll write more about my search for a PT later.