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Monday, February 15th, 2010

Today I decided I don't really like eye exams. They shine bright lights in your eyes, put drops in to dilate you, and flip your eyelids inside out; it's terrible.

I knew I had an eye appointment today, I've known for days. However that didn't stop me from forgetting about it until 15 minutes before. It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Rochester Eye Associates, so that was a bit of a problem. When I finally got there I was taken right in (surprisingly). They got right down to business having me read smaller and smaller letters off the wall. Then they put yellow drops in my eyes to dilate them.

dilated eye

I really hate having my eyes dilated because you can't focus up close. At the worst point, my arms weren't long enough and I couldn't read anything. The other part I can't stand is when they flip your lids inside out to see the underside of them. That doesn't sound that bad in theory, but it's terrible.

The one good thing is they finally changed the Glaucoma test. They used to blow a puff of air in your eye as they look at it. I have no idea what that puff of air is supposed to do, but that's what they did. It was absolute torture sitting there trying to keep your eye open while waiting for them to shoot your eye with the air gun. Now they look at your eye with some blue light, much better.

I was happy to find out that my prescription had not changed at all. Not that it really matters, but I like that my eyes are not getting worse like they were for so many years.

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Cheryl
#1 - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM
Sounds like they were behind the times with those tests. Mine has been using some drops to numb the eye and look into them with that blue light for the glaucoma test for years. And mine doesn't turn your eyelids inside out! Wait until you turn 40! Then it all goes downhill!
Joe
#2 - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:07 PM
They probably flip my lids because I wear contact lenses every day. At least I don't need reading/computer classes yet.
Sarah Medley
#3 - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM
I don't mean to terrify you, but that blue light that they shine in your eyes ACTUALLY TOUCHES YOUR EYEBALL. I'm not joking, they put drops in first to numb your eye so you don't feel it. Going to the eye doctor makes me want to puke forever.

ps- this is me writing my dissertation- looking through all of my friends' old blog entries!!
Joe
#4 - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM
Ok, I'm never going back. Nice job on your dissertation!
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