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Ocular Rosacea

October 1, 2013

I had my annual eye contact appointment yesterday (I realize there is a technical term for this doctor, but every spelling I try is wrong, with no replacements). This is always viewed as an easy appointment because there is no dilation needed, and my vision measured here is based on heredity, not diabetes. He asked if I noticed any differences in my vision, and if my contacts were still fitting well. I explained that while I still like to wear them a lot, they are very uncomfortable after a short period of time, so I can’t wear them all day. I said they started to feel itchy after a while and it was noticeable that they were in my eyes. This is not something I have always experienced. We talked about a new type of contacts which I tried yesterday and felt so much better. He looked into my eyes and found what he calls microscopic holes. They are clogged, and then he asked me about my European heritage. While confused, I still answered his question: Irish, French, Polish, Russian among others. He said “let’s focus on the Irish.” He asked if I had ever heard of rosacea. I had heard about it, but I am not really knowledgeable about what it is. He briefly explained it, and then explained that I have ocular rosacea. I listened to the details and the only question that popped into my head was “Is this related to diabetes?” When I asked the question, he said absolutely not. It was at this moment that I listened intently as to how to make my eyes feel better. We are starting with using the shower to massage my eyes, and a different type of contacts. I am really excited for my eyes to stop feeling so dry. (Also, don’t google images for ocular rosacea; my eyes do not look like that!)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    Hey, maybe that’s why my eyes are chronically dry! Thanks for the info.


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