“What’s Wrong With Your Face?”

“What’s wrong with your face?”

This was the question that greeted me on Monday afternoon.
I gave my coworker a dumbfounded look.
“I’d like to think nothing, but then I do occasionally have to sneak up on mirrors,” I rolled my eyes and returned my attention to my computer screen.
“No, your eye,” he said. “It’s like, really red.”
I shrugged, continuing to stare at the screen as I tapped away on the keyboard. “It’s probably allergies.”
Truth be told, my eye was feeling a little off, but a high tolerance for pain coupled with a lack of time to deal with such annoyance meant that the feeling was going to be ignored.

I left Job One and arrived at Job Two that evening.
“Whoa!” the coworker at Job Two exclaimed as I walked into the office. “What did you do to your eye, girlfriend?”
“I don’t know. Someone told me that it looked red, but I haven’t had time to look yet,” I told her as I clocked in.

bloodshot eye

Not my eye, but I won’t subject you to the real thing.

I went into the bathroom–since up until that point I hadn’t had time to pee that day–and made sure to examine my eye when I washed my hands. Sure enough, my left eye was a livid shade of red. Also adding to the horrific effect was the fact that my eyes change colour–particularly under stress–so the injured eye look greenish, while the right was still brownish.

I came out of the bathroom and found my coworker.
“You’re right,” I told her, then added in an exaggerated Spanish accent, “I’m hideous in the face.”
“Maybe you should have an eye doctor check it out,” my coworker yucked it up. (We work for an Optometrist.)

The final verdict is that I have severe eye strain from wearing my contacts too long and for staring too many hours at a computer screen, coupled with a slight infection.
A writer staring a computer screen too long. Imagine that.

So this is why I’ve been neglecting ya’all this week. I hopefully will be back to full peeper status soon but I’m preparing to be told that I still have to baby my eyes today.

UPDATE: I’m on two more new meds because my eye is still a mess. FML

UPDATE 2: I’m now on two NEWNEWNEW medications. The one medication is the worst eye drop yet because it burns like a motherfucker and dilates my eyes to the point that I look like some black-eyed demon like this–

black eyes

Again, not my eye, only because I can’t wear makeup until I’m healed.

–BUT the good news is that this drop is actually working to where I’m not in consistent pain anymore, so Kat is at least a (somewhat) happy demon now.

16 thoughts on ““What’s Wrong With Your Face?”

  1. Ack! Eyes are so frustrating sometimes. I have chronic inflammation in both of my eyes that I have to take steroid drops for. It’s called iritis, and there’s no cure for it. I’ve been to multiple doctors and ophthalmologists and after every test they could possibly run, they still don’t know what’s wrong with me. It sucks.

    Either way, rant over for now. I’m sorry about your eye. That is SO not fun! Get better soon! 🙁

  2. Oh Kat, when will we ever learn? I’ve been diagnosed with corneal cysts as a result of wearing my “extended wear” contacts for too long. Suffice it to say they’re very gross and supposed to hurt like hell when the burst, which is what they do. It’s very possible I had them for so long I just didn’t notice the pain, or thought it was from something else, but even now I don’t think I’ve learned my lesson. I still wear them too long, and I think I need to take them out today and wear my glasses a while >.< I hope your eye heals up quickly.

  3. Ah nooo! That really sucks! though you always manage to write about stuff in a hilarious way haha. I hope your eyes will get better sooooon! So that you can be a happy demon again ^_^ xoxox

  4. Ugh. Hope you feel better. I have constant eye strain from writing at the computer, too. It sucks ass.
    Also? Final lines totally reminded me of a cenobite. So there’s that.

  5. Sucks, sucks, sucks. That’s like a dancer having a bad foot FFS 🙂 I am glad the drops are working, despite the alien eyes, REST your lovely eyes Kat. Get well soon.

  6. I hear all this talk about computers being able to strain your eyes, but I think it’s all nonsense. I use the computer 10 hours a day and my vision is perfect. I love that picture of the Labrador Retriever you posted!

  7. Dilated eyes are the WORST. I hope you’re feeling better by now. But since I’m, y’know, commenting TWO MONTHS LATE, I’m pretty sure you are.

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