I am a 27 year old single mom, and I work at a school as teacher's aide for students on the autism spectrum. In july 2007 I had a child poke me directly in the eye. Initially, the injury was not bad. I was given antibiotic drops, and that was it. Only I noticed that my vision became blurry after the incident, seeing double. In august 2007, I had another corneal abrasion in that eye, and it was the original scar that had re-occurred as an abrasion. I was given antibiotic drops, oral antibiotics, and of course, plenty of eye drops to prevent dryness. Since then, it has re-occured every single month, sometimes more. Basically, it re-occurred every morning, but most of the time it would heal quickly after I put in artificial tears. But once a month it was bad enough that I had to see my doctor and be put on pain medication and antibiotics. Sometimes I was given a medical contact to stabilize my eye until it healed.
In early october 2008 they removed some of the layers off my cornea which do not shed on their own, as well as punctured my stomal layer to create better scar tissue. I was happy because at first, it seemed to work. I was not waking up in pain every single morning when I opened my eyes, so I was hopeful. But this morning, I woke up, first time I forgot to put eye drops in before bed, and I had a really bad coreal abrasion. Right now I am on pain medication, and antibiotics, and have to call my doctor on monday to see what the next step is.
I am at my breaking point. This is not only extremely painful, but has cost me my second job. I am lucky that this happened at work, and it would be horrible to fire me over it at my first job. But I miss a lot of days between the abrasions occuring, which leave me unable to function normally for at least 3 days, and then I have appointments to see doctors for this. I am a single mom, and am now in debt, as I can't NOT have a second job, but this has left me feeling pretty useless and helpless. I even had to drop out of college because I was missing class, and I have double vision since the first time this happened, and eye glasses don't help, as everytime I get a new abrasion, my vision changes. I used to be a very independent person, and so positive, but now, I find myself needing someone to help me whenever this happens, which is VERY often. PLEASE ANY advice, PLEASE let me know. I don't know how much longer I can deal with this. I started on depression meds 6 months ago because this is destroying my quality of life. I feel disabled in a sense, and no one has any answers. I'm tired of being told, "we'll see if this works". I want to hear, "this WILL work."