Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


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An Eye for an Eye

Photo by Colin Maynard on Unsplash

It doesn’t take much to make me cry.

Music, movies, true stories of humans overcoming challenges, military children being surprised by their deployed parents—these have all been known to bring tears to my eyes.

Imagine my surprise, after a recent emergency visit to the eye doctor, when I was told my tears are evaporating.

What?

No tears? Of course I have tears. It was only last week I had cried over my book edits.

I was aware that the time spent on the computer between my day job and writing was drying out my eyes.

But no tears? Then why were my eyes constantly watering?

A week prior to my appointment, I knew something was definitely wrong. My vision was blurred and my eyelids were red and quite bulbous.

Then the itching started. It felt as though millions of bugs were crawling in and around my eyes. It was maddening.

By the time I showed up at the eye doctor, my vision was impeded due to the swelling. I was looking quite scary.

Following an hour of tests and a lot of photos, I was diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and Blepharitis. I was also told I had earlier indicators for Glaucoma as well as Macular Degeneration…things that will be monitored.

Was my diagnosis life threatening? Not in the least.

Annoying? Most definitely.

There is no cure, only management with prescription drops and cleanser.

After the appointment, I raced to the pharmacy for some relief. The doctor warned me that the drops could be costly.

He wasn’t kidding.

This tiny bottle retailed for $282.00. A one week supply! Thankfully, I have excellent insurance and along with a coupon from the doctor, I only paid $30. Truthfully, the misery I was experiencing, I would have paid anything for some relief.

How are your peepers? Any issues?

Tears are nature’s lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.  ~ Christian Nevell Bovee