It’s going to be a normal, warm, sunshine-filled day. You walk out your door and you instantly throw your sunglasses on due to the brightness of the sun. Normally this wouldn’t be an out of the ordinary thing, but you’ll learn not to take it for granted after you read the following.
About two weeks ago, my right eye had become irritated. I could barely keep my eyes open in the sunlight, and the stream of purposeless tears was ridiculous. I removed my contacts for a few days, and wore my glasses with the not so clear prescription I got four years ago. I thought the problem was fixed.
A few days ago, the problem resurfaced. I pointed out a small dot near the top of the hazel coloring to my dad, but wasn’t sure what it was. I wore my contacts to work on Monday, could barely keep my right eye open while driving, and had to take them out shortly after arriving. I associated the first incident a few weeks before and this one, but really could not come up with a cause.
I went to the eye doctor on Tuesday. Thank goodness, because I felt completely miserable and my right eye could barely be kept open. After trying to explain to the receptionist that I really didn’t what it felt like and that it just hurt, I went in to see the doctor.
He went to check my sight clarity, but i told him about my four year old prescription. That was the end of that. Checking another way, there it was. That little dot was actually a corneal ulcer. Two weeks before, it seems I scratched my eye, then two days before, had accidentally rubbed my eye and bacteria got into the scratch. Luckily, he said, the ulcer was on the cornea (the hazel part) and not in the center because that is what causes people to go blind.
I can’t imagine a life without sight. And that was when I saw the value of it. Walking out into the light and not seeing the blazing sun hanging over the earth, recognizing people by their voices but no longer by their appearance. Even now, it is still unthinkable to me. And unfortunately, some people aren’t so lucky.
After using drops for two days, I returned for another appointment to the doctor, who said it was doing a lot better but gave me additional steroidal drops.
I’m not so thrilled that I have no choice but to wear my glasses, but at least I am blessed enough to still be able to see. So next time you step into the sun, although it may seem annoying to you, just remember that there are people that aren’t able to experience that brightness. Or any sight.