Yesterday, I couldn’t get my eyes to focus. I was trying to read something on the computer screen and none of the three lenses on my trifocals would make the print clear for me. If I brought the laptop a few inches from my nose or used the commands to make the print larger, I could see okay, but that didn’t explain why I was having trouble when just the day before my eyes were fine.
Even as a writer — someone who’s supposed to have the ability to express emotions — I don’t think I can explain the depths of my fear. My mother has Macular Degeneration, a condition that ruins all but the peripheral vision (and sometimes even that), and I’ve often wondered what I’d do in the same situation. She was an artist at one time, painting detailed work at close proximity for hours on end. Did that cause her MD? I don’t know, but if detailed work at close proximity for hours on end does cause eye problems — and I believe it does — then I need to pay closer attention to my eyes.
I don’t think I’m much different from a lot of you who read my blog. We spend a lot of time in front of a computer or Kindle screen. I have manuscripts I’m editing, critiquing, reviewing, endorsing, writing — almost my entire life and career are centered around this screen, and when it’s not, I’m reading or cross-stitching another baby quilt. Sometimes I glance outside and am strangely stunned by the depth of three dimensional life.
Yesterday’s scare reminds me that I’m supposed to take care of myself despite the demands on my time. I’m supposed to type with my wrists elevated to prevent CTS, to give myself a break and move around periodically so my blood circulates and my muscles don’t atrophy, and to rest my eyes often to keep scares like that from happening again.
One of the things I’m adding to my list of ought-tos is a supplement for my eyes. MSB was having trouble with his eyes at one point, and his doctor recommended Ocuvite. Of course, he takes the one for folks over 50, but it’s available over the counter for adults of any age.
Soon after I posted my plea for prayers on Facebook yesterday, I remembered he had these (God reminded me?–could be!) and took one. Within 30 minutes, my sight seemed to be restored to normal. Is this a miracle drug? I doubt it. Is it the reason my eyes behaved? I don’t know, since this has happened only once, but I know it didn’t hurt anything.
While I’m on the subject of eye health, let me also mention Systane Eye Drops. This is the brand Mom’s doctor recommends for her and it has worked wonders on her dry eyes (hasn’t helped the MD, but it doesn’t claim to). Systane has a line of products of different strengths, from simple drops to the “restorative formula” lubricants. Some feel like you’re plopping healing water into your eyes and others feel like a light gel that coats and protects them. If your eyes are dry and scratchy, this stuff is like magic. If it doesn’t work, then you’d better go to a doctor and get something prescription strength.
You can find both Ocuvite and Systane anywhere over-the-counter drugs are sold.
One word about the Ocuvite, though. It says to take it with a full glass of water at breakfast. Take that seriously. Don’t swallow this pill on an empty stomach, or you’ll be swapping one problem for another. Learn from my mistake.