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A while back while squirting toothpaste onto my toothbrush, a tiny bit of it splashed into my eye (don't ask me how). It burned for a moment, then was ok.

A few weeks ago, while filing away some papers, the corner of one sheet of paper hit my eyeball (don't ask me how). It hurt like hell. Worrying that I've got a severe injury always makes it worse, too. I kept thinking that my eyeball must have gotten a paper-cut. After some minutes, I was able to look in a mirror (with difficulty) to verify there was (probably) no shard of paper still stuck in there. The eye kept tearing up, so I had to press a washcloth against it for a couple of hours to soak up the tears, as well as to block the ambient light which was painfully bright.

The incident with my eye happened 40 minutes before a scheduled Spectrum appointment, for my intermittent connectivity problem (which since that last appointment has not recurred, hurrah!) That was the 4th appointment for the same problem; the 3rd time was not the charm. I didn't want to cancel the appointment. So when the tech came, and for most of the time he was here, I kept holding the washcloth against my eye. The tech was unperturbed.

After a few hours the pain was mostly gone and my vision seemed normal. For the next few days, the eye ached only slightly and sporadically. Then it felt completely normal again.

Last week, toothpaste accidentally spritzed into my eye again. This time, it hurt quite bad, and continued to hurt badly for 10 to 15 minutes even after rinsing out my eye as well as I could. It was the same eye which had the paper-cut. Maybe the cut wasn't completely healed after all, and the toothpaste irritated it again. This in spite of it being the wintergreen-flavored toothpaste which is fairly mild. The peppermint and spearmint flavors are too strong for me; they make my mouth burn.

One of the pages I found while searching on "toothpaste in eye" mentioned that most toothpastes shouldn't be dangerous to the eye... except perhaps if it's one of the whitening kinds with silica, as those are more abrasive. I thought to myself, well I know mine doesn't have silica. I purposely don't buy that kind, because their whitening power comes from sanding off the outer layer of tooth enamel. I'm trying to increase my amount of tooth enamel, not decrease it.

But yesterday I happened to look at the ingredient list on the toothpaste tube. Surprisingly, the main inactive ingredient after water was "hydrated silica". I could have sworn it used to be calcium carbonate. Did they change the ingredients?

Then I remembered that I have a small box full of empty toothpaste tubes. They can't be put with the regular recyclables, but there's a place - TerraCycle that takes them for recycling, if I ever accumulate enough of them to make it worthwhile to send them.

So I checked the box, and found an older tube, which indeed has a slightly different ingredient list. Both the old and new tubes mention "whitening" on the front, but somehow I'd never paid attention to that.

(OLD) Inactive ingredients: glycerin, water, calcium carbonate, hydrated silica, xylitol, carrageenan, natural flavor (wintergreen oil and other natural flavor), sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, zinc citrate.

(NEW) Inactive ingredients: water, hydrated silica, sorbitol, xylitol, glycerin, natural flavor (wintergreen oil and other natural flavor), sodium lauryl sulfate, zinc citrate, xanthan gum, titanium dioxide, carrageenan.


The Tom's of Maine (my toothpaste brand) website says:
In our Antiplaque Tartar Control & Whitening flavors, the hydrated silica we use is milled to produce a slightly larger particle size (an average particle size of 10 microns, versus 8 microns, on average, in our children's and Wintermint flavors). This makes it a better cleaner, so that it can help to remove stains that have formed on teeth.


So at least the silica in my toothpaste is small-sized. If it were only that, I might continue using it. But with this new propensity for splashing into my eye, I'll be looking for an alternative. (Is it unreasonable to think that brushing one's teeth or doing paperwork shouldn't require wearing safety goggles?) Now when I brush my teeth, I've started holding the tube at arm's length and pointing it away from me.

All About Whitening Toothpastes - has a chart comparing the abrasiveness of different brands of toothpaste.
Setting the record straight about toothpaste abrasivity - says there's no difference in tooth-wear, as long as the toothpaste is under 250 RDA. I don't quite believe that.
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In the airport, leaving, Qiao's hat almost got left behind. But Forestfen valiantly sent it through the security checkpoint after us.

I already mentioned the beverages in the plane and the alarming car. (Dasani sparkling lime, like unsweet Sprite).

I had planned to have my name added to the rental car contract as an additional driver, but the person at the counter in Boston said it wasn't necessary; that we were "domestic partners" even though not married, as we live at the same address.

First stop after leaving the airport: My Thai Vegan Cafe for dinner. Google Maps told us to take an exit that didn't exist as we were driving through the tunnel from the airport. Then it directed us to drive all the way across town, and would have had us turn around and drive back the same way. I decided not. We eventually got to the right place. The staircase up to the restaurant, which reviews had described as being so sketchy, turned out to be a perfectly fine staircase. Though admittedly not so great for someone with a bad foot and knee.

The ambiance in the restaurant was nice (not fancy, but pleasant enough), with large windows looking out on downtown Boston after dark. The food was delicious. Appetizers: Tofu Cigars (crisp! fried! tasty!) and mango salad (tangy! zesty! fresh!). For an entree I had a creamy tofu & mock meat curry served over avocado. They had vegan bubble tea and chocolate layer cake too. The cake was to-go, and oh was it good the next day. So good, I'm still thinking about it.

Then we drove to our hotel (smelling petunias before seeing them), checked in, and slept. At home, we sleep with fans on. Qiao likes the wind. We both like that it drowns out other noise. On the trip, I used the Simple Noise App on my phone along with a small portable speaker. In brown noise oscillating mode, it sounds ocean-like. The speaker takes 2 AA batteries, and we used it 7 nights for at least 8 hours each night. The batteries surprisingly never died.

In spite of getting good sleep each night, my eyesight didn't seem to improve any during the whole week.

The next day, we scouted out the concert venue early in the day (saw a giant cruise ship) and returned to the hotel for lunch. I would have liked to walk around downtown a bit, but Qiao's foot (or hip?) was acting up badly. Later we went to the concert. Tweety Bird got to watch the concert too, tucked into Qiao's shirt pocket.

On Monday we drove to my dad's place and spent the rest of the week there, taking it easy. My dad puts the rest of us to shame, the way he's exercising and staying in shape. My step-mom had tools for making hand-made cards, and showed me how to use them. She also showed me how to play Word Jewels. I played a bit of pool. Walked around the circle a few times. Went to a Lebanese restaurant. Listened to a recording of my grandma that I hadn't heard before.

On a grocery trip, I came across some Maya Kaimal ketchup, so I promptly got 2 bottles to take home with us. To avoid a nasty mess should the bottles break, I carefully wrapped them in clear bubble wrap, and put each in its own ziplock bag. Then I further wrapped them in clothing when packing my suitcase.

On the trip back home, I was worried we'd miss our connection in DC as the layover was only 40 minutes, and we had to switch terminals via one of those sandcrawler buses. But we made it to our gate just as the plane was starting to board - luckily about ten minutes later than scheduled.

We had a night flight to Columbia. I had forgotten how pretty towns and cities look from up above, lit up at night.

On one of the flights, there was an intercom announcement before landing, "If you leave behind any items on the plane, you can check for them tomorrow on eBay."

At home, unpacking my suitcase, I found a notice that it had been searched by the TSA. That wasn't a big surprise - I had suspected the carefully wrapped bottles in my suitcase would look suspicious through a scanner. Even though the ketchup labels were visible through the bubble wrap, they had sliced apart the cellophane tape I had used to keep the bubble wrap in place.

Photos... )

split vision

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 09:23 pm
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Oh, this is neat. Hold up a hand-mirror in front of your face, and then tilt it to the right or the left by about 45 degrees so that it reflects the things on that side of you. Then walk around (your house for example) holding it like that so that part of your vision is seeing the regular stuff and the other part is seeing the reflections.

If that isn't enough, bring the mirror right up against the tip of your nose so that one eye is completely seeing the reflections while the other eye isn't.
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Often after picking up Serena and taking her outside, one of my arms starts to itch, and a few small pink bumps appear on the skin. I wash my arm, and after a bit it goes away. I wonder what Serena has on her fur that affects me. When I had allergy skin tests done in the past, they didn't indicate an allergy to dogs (or if so, not a significant allergy - I'm not totally sure how to interpret the numbers).

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Yesterday I looked through 2 photo albums with my mom. There were photos of my mom's childhood which I'm not sure I ever saw before. Even a photo of her foster parents' wedding from 1937. Trying to see details in the photos made my eyes feel tired and strained. This is the first time I've felt that a magnifying glass would really have been useful. In the past, I've not felt the need for a magnifying glass, except perhaps for splinters, as I could generally see everything just as well without magnification. Such goes getting older.

eye and glasses

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 10:31 pm
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The chalazions/swellings in my lower eyelid never completely went away. I've been taking prescription eye-drops (once a week now) against the blepharitis, doing occasional warm compresses, and taking omega-3 (DHA/EPA) supplements. During my last appointment, the eye doctor said that the blepharitis was improving. I'm taking her word on it. The right eye's vision is still worse than it used to be, but is fairly consistent now. I decided to get a new pair of eyeglasses for those occasional times when my vision feels particularly bad.

The last time I got glasses was 10 years ago; I only wore them sometimes at work. I have the eyeglass prescription from back then (when the left eye was worse than the right), a couple from the last 2 years, and one from 3 months ago. I specifically had the last exam done with the intention of getting glasses, as I didn't think the previous prescription could be trusted as my eyesight was quite variable over the last year.

Each of those prescriptions has completely different numbers. Even the astigmatism angles are completely different.

So I ordered some pairs of cheap glasses to test which prescription was best. Zenni Optical has basic prescription glasses for $6.95, and I was very impressed by the quality of them, considering the extremely low price.

I also printed out a radial chart to help me determine the angle of astigmatism for each of my eyes.

Using the chart and the glasses, I determined that the axis component of the prescription from 10 years ago actually best corrects the astigmatism in both my eyes, though the cylinder component needs to be higher now. Back then, I preferred having a corrective lens only on the left eye, and no correction on the right. Now, I prefer the correction only on the right eye. With both eyes corrected, the left eye sees more clearly than the right. That makes me feel unbalanced.

Regarding the DHA/EPA, I'm taking about a tablespoon of vegan algal oil each day - about 1540mg EPA and 2860mg DHA. It's expensive. My goal is to do it for at least a year, for my eyes and also to see if it helps with my mood/dysthymia. It's been 7 months, and so far I haven't noticed any difference.
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Lately, I considered writing a short post on skin picking, but didn't care enough to actually do so. Today, the topic presented itself again in a weird roundabout way. So here, then.

I was looking online for a round-edged cuticle pusher, not for using on my cuticles, but for appyling light pressure to the inside of my lower eyelid, to help squeeze out clogged meibomian glands. The old one I had (which I only used a few times) got a bit of rust on it after I left it sitting in rubbing alcohol too long.

So I came across the above one, but had never heard of the German company "Mehaz". On this page, I found that the actual company name is Giesen & Forsthoff. I browsed their website and found a curious looking implement called a Comedonen Quetscher. A "Quetscher" is a squeezer. "Comedonen" are pimples. It's a pimple popper! I had no idea there were implements made specifically for that purpose! In English, it turns out that they are more commonly called Blackhead or Whitehead Removers/Extractors.

On that topic, I had mentioned previously that after starting on the eyedrops & doxycycline for my eyelid problem, my skin broke out in acne/small pimples. 5 weeks after stopping the doxycycline, my skin finally cleared up and went back to normal. (Which means that I still have some small pimples, but not an overwhelming amount.)

That period of increased acne however, showed me that I never really "got over" my skin-picking problem. Rather, the more bumps my skin has, the more I pick at them. My skin-picking compulsion simply must have diminished due to my skin condition getting better as I aged. It's not that I have less compulsion to pick now, but that there's less to trigger the compulsion. Rationally, I still think that squeezing or scratching a pimple will make it go away faster than leaving it alone. Maybe that is the only difference between me and people who don't have the compulsion.

eye update

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 10:20 am
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I've been having trouble sleeping on the weekends lately. In the past, that is when I was somewhat able to compensate for not getting enough sleep during the week. But no more. I've been waking up early, not able to fall back asleep. I feel mentally diminished by it and more prone to headaches. It can't be helping my eye problem either.

The vision in my eye still seems to be better at times and worse at times. The blepharitis hasn't gone away. My eyelid is still swollen along the edge, which probably means that the meibum isn't able to flow freely as it should.

I was supposed to be on a low dose of doxycycline for 3 months. Upon first starting it (end of May, at a higher dose), my face, neck, and chest broke out in small pimples, which still haven't completely cleared up. I was willing to ignore that, in the hopes that the doxycycline would clear up the eye problem.

But a few weeks ago, I started to itch a lot more than normal too, and scratching made me break out in mild hives. The hives would clear up overnight, but by the next evening I'd be itching again. So I stopped taking the doxycycline last week, with my doctor's approval. I might be slightly allergic to it. I'm still not sure the itching was really due to the doxycycline, but since stopping it I've no longer had the hives.

One possible side-effect of doxycyline is photo-sensitivity, and I had been advised to use sunscreen and avoid exposure to sunlight. But I mainly got the hives in the evening, and in places which hadn't been exposed to the sun. So I don't think it was due to that.

I've also been taking daily DHA/EPA omega-3 supplements for the last 5 weeks, and rubbing Azasite eye drops on my eyelid 3 times a week. I'm already tired of doing both, especially since the eyelid swelling doesn't seem improved.

However, my eyelid is less red than it was in the beginning. And I read somewhere that one might need to supplement with EPA for 9 months or more before getting results.

eye update

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 01:57 pm
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I was referred to a specialist last week as the therapeutic options (compresses, massage, eye drops, antibiotics) weren't succeeding to get rid of the chalazions. I suppose my optometrist wasn't comfortable doing more than that, even though I saw a certificate on his wall indicating he had been trained in minor eye surgery.

The new doctor said I have blepharitis, which is a chronic condition. She said that when the clogged pores get infected and walled off, that is when they become chalazions. (That's interesting, as I had read that chalazions are not caused by infections, but some sites also corroborate what she said.) Even though my left eye hasn't had problems so far, she said that the meibum secretions on that eye are thicker than normal too.

She gave me 2 injections into the chalazions. The first one hurt rather badly while she was doing it as she moved the needle around a little bit; the 2nd one not as much. But I'd say each injection was finished in under 10 seconds, so they really weren't that bad.

So far, I can't tell if the injections helped any, but she said it could take up to a month. She's keeping me on antibiotics at a reduced dosage. I'm using the Azasite drops again on the lid margin, and I've also started taking vegan omega-3 (DHA+EPA) supplements.

Normally, meibum helps keep an even tear film on the eye. When the secretions are abnormal, this can cause an uneven tear film. This could explain the worsened vision in my eye, and also why the vision sometimes seems better or worse.

These last weeks (even before the injections and starting the omega-3), my hair&scalp have been greasier than usual, and my face/neck has been breaking out in lots of small bumps/pimples. I suspect it is a side effect of the antibiotics and/or eye-drops. But that's odd, as the antibiotics are also sometimes prescribed *against* acne. I remember my face breaking out like this 2 other times. Once was after my jaw got broken and was wired shut to heal (I was on antibiotics then too). The other time was while on birth control pills to reduce the uterine lining in prep for getting the Essure implants.
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(Video) Things you may not know about Dysthymia : In the DSM 5, dysthymic disorder is now called persistent depressive disorder. Mentions some supplements (other than the commonly mentioned ones) which may help: DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), SAM-e (S-Adenosyl methionine), Inositol. One of the comments also mentions 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan).

(Video) Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory : Mentions treating depression with exercise, sunlight, adequate sleep, friendships, and omega-3 fatty acids. Specifically, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). Recommends 1000 to 2000 mg of EPA (or combined?) per day. Mentions it can also help with other inflammatory conditions like tendonitis and dry eye.

(So increasing my omega-3 consumption might be good for both my mental state and my eye problem.)

How too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 is making us sick : about how the amount of omega-6 you consume influences how much omega-3 you have to consume for it to be effective. Recommends reducing omega-6 intake. (His other articles indicate that consuming too much of both can be bad too.)

DHA/EPA, Omega 3's and Vegans

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My eye doctor prescribed me antibiotic eye drops (Azasite) and pills (doxycycline), not for the antibiotic properties, but rather to help reduce the inflammation / swelling in my eyelid. It somewhat bothers me that he prescribes antibiotics in this way. It seems like there ought to be non-antibiotic anti-inflammatory agents that should work as well. But apparently this is a common treatment.

Hordeolum and Chalazion -
The role of meibomian disease and contemporary management
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"Oral treatments including doxycycline and tetracycline are additional leading offlabel treatments for blepharitis. The presumed mechanism of action is an anti-inflammatory effect on matrix metallopeptidase 9 (MMP-9) activity within both the gland and meibum itself.
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Recently, topical azithromycin (Azasite; Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) has emerged as an alternative topical off-label treatment for blepharitis due to the agent’s proposed anti-inflammatory (MMP-9) and anti-infective effects."

cha-cha la-la

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 03:11 pm
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I'm on vacation this week, and therefore have more time to deal with some unpleasant things.

Makes me feel fear, worry, dread. I'm likely over-dwelling on everything. Why do I do that? I should be all "La-la, everything's ok, just take care of things; no big deal." But no, it's dread about the eye doctor, dread about dealing with the rodent, about replacing the fluorescent tube lights, about this and about that. Dread about having to go right back to work next week.

And to top it all off, the elastic bands in my fitted bed sheets all seem to be going bad. The sheets are still good, just the elastic is bad. So I guess I need to go buy some elastic band and fix the damn sheets too.

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Chalazion - still not gone. It may be part of a general meibomian gland dysfunction/clogging thing, as it is a generalized swelling with multiple bumps. So I made another appointment with my eye doctor. I'm afraid even if he lances them, that it won't fix the underlying problem. Maybe I'll need to do more warm compresses, even though I don't have time for them and have done hardly any the last few weeks. Yesterday I did one at 4am before going to bed. At 4am, should I be taking extra time to do a compress rather than going right to bed? At least I didn't have to get up early for work.

chalazion stuff

Monday, April 28th, 2014 11:35 pm
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I seem to have several chalazions, not just one or 2. On the inside of the eyelid, besides the main bump, there are 4 smaller bumps visible. From the outside of the lid, the whole top part feels swollen. I wonder what caused all my glands to get blocked up like that. At least it doesn't look very bad. It's reddish, as if I've been crying a lot, but only on one eye.

I've tried rubbing ginger juice on the outside of eyelid. Nice warm sensation.

I've tried dabbing undiluted plain vinegar on the rim of the eyelid. A bit of a burning sensation, but not as bad as it sounds.

I've tried adding a half teaspoon or so of dried turmeric powder to my dinner. Turmeric is supposed to reduce inflammation. On noodles, with salad dressing on top, it even tastes ok.

I was skeptical about the above remedies, but what could it hurt to try?

And I've been doing warm compresses every day. I found a special small-size gel-pack made for styes at the pharmacy. It only has to be heated by microwave for 20 seconds to get real hot, and it stays hot for at least 10 minutes.

The best success I've had so far though was with a sterilized needle. But only partial success.

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In regards to my eyesight being slightly worse than before, I'm getting resigned to it. Maybe it will improve again, maybe it won't. It's just one of those things about getting older.

eye update

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 01:09 am
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The vision of my right eye is still not quite right. The chalazion is still there - actually, it seems to be 2 separate ones right next to each other.

I went to the eye doctor again this week, and he confirmed the chalazion. He didn't seem concerned about my vision still being worse than usual... Not sure if I communicated that well enough, even though I brought printed out notes for him to read this time. (That felt a bit awkward; I don't think I'll do it again.) Maybe he still thinks that it will clear up when the chalazion goes away, or maybe.. I don't know. He went ahead and did a full vision exam and seems to think that I have got some presbyopia. I didn't like hearing him say that I can expect that to get worse over the next couple of years.

I'm not sure I believe that though, as it might be a side-effect of whatever is wrong with my right eye. It is hard to focus on things closer than 10 cm, so maybe. Yet... I don't have trouble reading things at a regular distance, so maybe not.

According to his exam, my right eye currently has no astigmatism. That is odd. But it agrees with what I noticed a few days ago - that now when I hold and turn my old glass lens in front of the eye, it doesn't make the vision better (though 3 weeks ago, it did).

The left eye is pretty much the same as in the past; even a bit better based on the numbers.

So far, I feel a bit queasy when looking at things in the distance, due to my dominant eye no longer being dominant. I worry that pretty soon, my brain will adjust and I'll no longer even remember that my vision is worse than it used to be.

But I'm lucky compared to people who've had to wear glasses all their life.

Regarding chalazions, there is much conflicting info.

I'm still not very clear on the difference between styes, chalazions, and hordeolums. It sounds like styes are smaller & more painful things closer to the eyelashes.

Some things I've read indicate that they are caused by bacteria; others say that they are due to blocked/clogged glands.

Some things I've read indicate that they can go away in a week; others say it could take up to a year and a half!

I'm supposed to do warm compresses 4x a day for the next 3 weeks. If it doesn't clear up on its own, "there are options," the doctor said.

It's hard to take the time 4 times a day to do warm compresses. Especially on work days. While doing them, I have only 1 eye and 1 hand free for doing other things. The treated eye gets even blurrier for a while. And I haven't yet found a great method. Wet washcloth cools off too fast.

Rice in sock stays nicely warm. But the 2nd time, I microwaved it too long, and it started emitting toasty rice smoke. Also, may not be as beneficial as moist warmth.

Chamomile tea bag smells and feels nice, but is messy. And cools off fast.

Other suggestions I've read but not tried yet:
- fresh ginger juice on outside of eyelid (don't get it in the eye)
- wild oregano oil (taken by mouth, not put on skin)

eyes

Monday, March 31st, 2014 11:04 pm
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I made an appointment to get an eye exam. The earliest opening they had was 2 weeks from now. They could've scheduled me in earlier to check for an infection, but that wouldn't have included a vision exam. As my main concern is the increased blurriness in my right eye, it seemed to make sense to wait to get the regular exam. Until then, I have to stop myself from being a hypochondriac and worrying about going blind.

I do believe I have had some kind of infection (or a small stye/chalazion) in the right eye, but there's been no pain and very little redness, just discharge. Maybe in 2 weeks that will be cleared up, and my vision will be better anyway. Hopefully.

I've discovered that if I take the left lens of the pair of glasses that I got 9 years ago, and turn it nearly vertical while holding it in front of my right eye, that clears up my vision. That makes me feel better. I don't want to have to wear glasses, though. I only ever wore these glasses occasionally at work, when my left eye was feeling strained.

It's odd, though. The lens doesn't get rid of the streaks in either my left eye nor my right eye, when looking at a spot of light. I would have thought that if the lens was correcting astigmatism, that it would get rid of the streaks. Do people without astigmatism see streaks when looking at spots of bright light?
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I ended up going to the CVS MinuteClinic. Their website listed prices, which I appreciated.

My diagnosis was a sinus infection and viral conjunctivitis. The prescription was antibiotic tablets and eyedrops. I'm not clear why they prescribed antibiotic eyedrops for a viral eye infection, but the nurse made reference to my having been sick a week already, and my still having fevers, and that a viral infection wouldn't last that long, and that therefore they would treat both (the sinus and eye infection) with antibiotics.

The eyedrops seem to have helped - the redness was reduced greatly by the next day.
The sinus infection was a surprise to me, since I haven't had much nasal discharge or congestion. But looking up my nostrils in the mirror with a flashlight, I could see yellow gunk, unlike the more usual white gunk. So I presume that the diagnosis was correct.

After the diagnosis, I debated whether or not to do neti again. I had done neti two times when I first got sick. Sometimes when I do neti, the water doesn't drain well out of my nostrils, and I end up having a runny nose for much of the day. That happened the 2nd time. I wondered if that might have even caused the sinus infection.

This morning, I had a very bad headache, but no fever. Does headache without fever indicate sinus pressure? Tylenol cured the headache in 45 minutes. I decided to do neti again. It went well today.

Qiao got sick 3 days before me, and he's still not completely over it. I think I'm doing better than he is. He didn't have the misfortune of an eye infection, but neither has he had the benefit of antibiotics.

*It startled me to see "flat affect" written in my examination notes after I left the clinic. Admittedly, due to feeling sick, I was probably even less facially expressive than usual.
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I've been sick since last Wednesday with what appears to be the flu. On and off fever/headache, chills, sore throat, aches, runny/stuffy nose, occasional sneezing and coughing. Last night my left eye started getting inflamed, and today it's been quite red. So tomorrow I'm going to go to an urgent care center to see if they'll prescribe me something for the eye.

I suppose the main question now is, do I drive way across town to the urgent care center which my health insurance covers, or do I go to a closer one which would presumably get the lesser "out-of-plan" benefits. Or do I spend time trying to search the health insurance website to see if they've added coverage for any other centers since I last checked.

Oh jeez... This page says:
"Conjunctivitis caused by adenoviruses or enteroviruses is self-limiting and requires no therapy other than careful hand washing to minimize spread to others.
... Bacterial conjunctivitis is typically treated with one of a variety of prescription ocular antibiotics. The AAO guidelines state that this infection, too, may be self-limiting and not require antibiotics, though they caution that this practice is only approved for adults."


Maybe I should wait to see if it goes away on its own. I'd hate to go to some center just to have them tell me to let it heal on its own, or to get medication that I don't really need.

Now the question is, do I even go.

I tend to be concerned with my eyes, because during high school, I had some kind of chronic eye infection. I didn't realize that's why my eyes always watered and felt sensitive to wind; I took it as a normal state of being. When someone finally pointed out that it wasn't normal, and I got treated, they felt much better.


"awakening with one or both eyes glued shut was the single strongest predictor of a bacterial infection, with an odds ratio of 2.96 (one eye) to 14.99 (both eyes). "

So far it's only one eye. It wasn't glued shut, but there was crud on it. And it's felt sticky all day on the inside corner.

"Classic "pink eye," or, more appropriately, acute follicular conjunctivitis caused by adenovirus, is distinguished by bilateral watery discharge and erythema, often in the presence of a viral upper respiratory infection;"

I haven't had much watery discharge. It feels dry and sticky.

I suppose I should go, to get a doctor's opinion if nothing else.

Update: Oh yay, the Doctor's Express on Forest Drive is now covered too!
There are also covered "walk-in clinics" in the CVS pharmacies... I wonder if it is better to go to one of those versus the Doctor's Express.