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One Busted Eye

A few days after we returned from New Orleans, Chris and I battled what we were pretty sure was the flu. We both felt horrible that first weekend back, couldn’t breathe, kept coughing, and had low-grade fevers.  The kicker was on Tuesday last week, when I woke up with my right eye crusted shut and my eyelid red, puffy, and swollen (gross, I know). My first thought was, OMG I HAVE PINK EYE! I have pretty bad vision as it is, and knowing how painful a scratched cornea is, pink eye wasn’t something I wanted to deal with.

I went in for an emergency eye appointment with my optometrist, and she quickly ruled that it wasn’t pink eye (whew), but this other thing called orbital cellulitis. Huh? It’s a fancy term for an acute infection of the eye. That being said, it can get very serious and dangerous, so I’m super thankful that it didn’t get that bad. She prescribed me an oral antibiotic and an antibiotic ointment, and I was on my merry way.

I wasn’t prepared for the hilarity that was the size of the ointment tube (that’s a quarter for comparison):

It’s a small price to pay to get my eye back to normal.  Eye injuries are not fun when you’re a photographer!

For the past week, I wasn’t allowed to wear contact lenses. The sad thing is, wearing glasses always throws me off. Here are a few battle stories of my epic bad vision:

  • I first found out just how bad my vision was during an eye exam in middle school. I took off my glasses, and the optometrist asked me what I could see below the green line across the room. I looked and said, “What green line?” Upon putting my glasses back on, I realized this green line was painted on the wall, and it was about 6 feet across and at least a foot high.
  • Walking down the hall at work once, I noticed a shadowy figure walking towards me. I didn’t pay any attention until I realized it was my coworker…who had been waving at me for the entire length of the hallway.
  • This very same thing happened after my eye appointment, only it was my boss waving at me.
  • You know when you switch from contacts to glasses and the floor seems like it’s closer than it really is? This resulted in me nearly tumbling out of a bus once.
  • Waving to the wrong people because they look like someone else? Yeah, that’s happened to me a few times…and my contacts were in.

Stay healthy, everyone, especially with the holidays right around the corner! And if you have any battle stories about bad vision mishaps, feel free to leave them in the comments below. :)

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