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Friday, July 5, 2013


Detected and treated early, iritis (anterior uveitis), the most common cause of preventable blindness, doesn't affect visual acuity. But the pain is miserable — much like a toothache of the eyeball!

A small stye, which developed just prior to the irits and may well have triggered the iritis, adds more misery.

Prednisolone eye drops every two hours, Tobramycin drops every five hours, frequent hot compresses, and ibuprofen every four hours bring some relief. I've had worse bouts of iritis and know from experience that the best medicine is plenty of rest.

Although I will make limited blog rounds, I will not be posting again until Monday.

Have a good weekend.


  1. Better give that eye some rest for a couple of days, we only have two and they don't come with spare parts.

  2. Get well.
    May God give you a speedy recovery.

  3. Please take time off, AOW, -- even from reading. Perhaps sitting quietly and listening to music you really love would help, but I urge minimal use of your eyes for the next few days.

    You know about my own considerable eye troubles -- seven operations in eight years in a constant struggle to continue life as a sighted person, and an eighth procedure coming soon -- and because of that I know too well that spending too much time at the computer causes eye strain that can become severe.

    As Ed said, we only get one set of eyes, and they are irreplaceable -- cataract and corneal transplant surgery notwithstanding.

  4. Ouch! Take care, and find a way to rest those eyes.

  5. AOW, I have found that Aleve -- a OTC product -- is a superior pain reliever among the non-prescription drugs.

    I think it was "designed" primarily for arthritis, but I've found it very helpful with both toothache, tendonitis, and flu-like symptoms.

    I'm, surprised your doctor didn't prescribe something stringer than Tylenol for the pain you are experiencing.

    I was given Hydrocodone after a recent tooth extraction, and found that Aleve gave better relief.

    Go figger. ;-)

    Anyway, I hope you feel better very soon.

  6. FT,
    Thanks for the tip about Aleve. I'll give it a try!

    BTW, the pain didn't set in with a vengeance until after the doctor's exam. All those bright lights -- and the worsening of the iritis, too, of course.

  7. AOW,

    If the pain intensifies -- or at least doesn't start to simmer down by Monday morning -- I would call the doctor again, and ask for further explanation, and perhaps more "advanced" treatment.

    This sounds serious to me. I wouldn't be "brave" and try to tough it out, if I were you. Our eyes are nothing to foll around with.

  8. irits. I'm not familiar with that, but I do know what styes are, I used to have them all the time when I was a kid and continued to have them occasionally as an adult. Even had to have one lanced with a scalpel once, scary.

    You need to take care of yourself for sure, eyes are nothing to fool around with.

    I started having trouble with the pressure in my eyes a couple years ago, which gives way to concerns of glaucoma. I've gotten the readings down with prescription drops.

    My hubby just had cataract surgery in one eye two weeks ago, will have the other eye done this Monday. That is scary.

    Take care.

    (On another note, I have been using Google Reader for all my blogs I follow and news sites, and they are no longer, so I can't seem to get organized without it. I need to find another one, any suggestions?)

    Right Truth

  9. FT,
    The pain is much less now. I'm able to sleep through the night. However, my eye feels so tired. Visual acuity is perfect, and the stye is receding too.

    BTW, the Aleve helped a lot.

  10. Debbie,
    I had cataract surgery on my left eye in 1984 and on my right eye in 2008.

    What advances in medicine!

    Take my word for it: compared to times past, cataract surgery now is a walk in the park. Really.

    "Traumatic" iritis typically follows cataract surgery, then subsides quickly.

    If you elevated intraocular pressure, you'll need to be kept under close watch by the ophtahlmologist. Mr. AOW has had elevated intraocular pressure for years, but the Timolol gel drops keep the pressure well within the normal range. I make sure that he gets his eye drops every day!

    I don't know of a good alternative to Google Reader. Sorry.

  11. AOW, it hurts me to know you went through such discomfort and I am SO GLAD you're in good medical hands and things are getting better.
    Thanks for letting us know.
    You're in my prayers...
    You do so much for so many; take care of YOURSELF!!
    Love, me

  12. Ouch. So sorry to hear about your eye pain. I like FT's ideas re music. Lately I have been listening to my favorites at bedtime, and not feeling the need to be online as much. Take good care, AOW.

  13. Good morning, AOW. I'm so glad to get your encouraging news. Glad Aleve proved helpful.

    I can only echo Z's advice. Please do take good care of yourself. Often, when we are heavily involved in looking after the needs of others, we forget that our first duty is to ourselves.

    If that sounds callous, please remember what little good we could do others, if we, ourselves, become dysfunctional.

    Debbie mentioned a "Google Reader." I'm not familiar with the term. I literally read just about everything on the computer, because I use Google to access the blogs, and to do just about every bit of research I do these days, but is there a special device called a Google Reader SEPARATE from the computer, itself?

    What life could be without Google has become unimaginable. (:-o

    Please keep n the mend. Glad your treatment appears to be working so well.

  14. FT,
    Definitely on the mend. I need to use warm compresses more frequently, I think -- for that stye, which persists albeit smaller now.

    I'm going to the swimming pool for a while today. The doctor has so approved; I wear goggles and sunglasses and a sun visor, of course.

    I have to work tomorrow morning, then go to the grocery store. We have company coming over for dinner tomorrow night -- one of my former students.

  15. AOW on Readers, I found a good one, thought I would share. It is very similar to the style of the old Google Reader:


    Yes, Timolol drops twice a day every day.

    Right Truth

  16. My wife has had episodes of Iritis twice. Not pleasant. Hope your recovery is permanent.

  17. Citizen Tom,
    Thanks for the well wishes.

    One of the most maddening aspects of iritis is that, in my case, the cause is unknown.

  18. My life is a celebration of life. Yours should be too. Complaining about the hardships and miseries that we all share does not elevate you. It doesn’t bring you any joy, any happiness, any peace of mind. What it brings you is other people full of sadness, hate and despair. It brings you whiners who might make you feel worse than you did unless some of them are so much worse than you that you feel something positive in the comparison.

  19. I'm sorry you're in pain. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  20. Fahrsimelt,
    Trolling this web site with your various identities and complaining about what I choose to post does not elevate you; rather, it shows you up for what you are.

  21. A claim by Islamic scholars as well as jihadists is that no one can produce something as beautiful as the Quran in the way the words are arranged and thus it can only be of God. This claim should be answered.
    First, all someone has to do is examine some of the great works of literature to fine much written beauty. Such as the Greek epic poet Homer with his Iliad and Odyssey and then Virgil who produced the Aeneid has beauty. Even one of the non-Bible books in the Apocrypha called The Song of Three Children is also very beautiful. Thus just because someone sees a work that is written in great beauty doesn’t mean it’s inspired by God.
    Second, the scholar Edward Gibbon wrote after an examination of the Quran that it is an “incoherent jumble of fable and precept and declamation which seldom excites a sentiment or an idea, sometimes craws in the dust and is sometimes lost in the clouds…” The writer Thomas Carlyle wrote the Quran is “A wearisome jumble, crude, incondite [with] endless iterations [and] longwindedness…” Likewise, the philosopher David Hume was NOT favorably impressed after reading the Quran.
    [Source of the three scholars mentioned – Secrets of The Koran: Revealing Insight Into Islam’s Holy Book .56,66, by Don Richardson]

    Furthermore, the following should be taken into consideration.

    Of course the Muslim who reads the Quran will see great beauty in the way the words are arranged. This is, in part, because of the power of suggestion after being told so many times that the Quran is so beautifully written. That’s an old brainwashing method, repeating and being told that same thing again and again. Since he or she is always being told the same lie will end up believing that lie. In addition to that, the Imams try to discourage their people from reading other works, such as the Bible, so then they don’t have much or anything to compare or contrast the Quran with. Of course there are some Muslim’s that do read other works, but they are exceptions and they read other things only after they were already brainwashed by the Imams. In short, the Muslims can’t read the Quran objectively because their Imams have programmed them to have a strong bias towards it.

  22. Always On Watch said...
    Trolling this web site with your various identities and complaining about what I choose to post does not elevate you; rather, it shows you up for what you are.

    Which is? Hmmm?

    Which is that I'm an honest person and you're a whiner and a liar, always seeking sympathy from an Internet hangers-on crowd of fellow sad sacks. You use religion and conservativism like a duck blind, like camouflage, and what you get is a bunch of quackers. The only true sincerity in you is your expressions of self-concern.

    This whole thing is just for attention, you really don't give a hoot in hell for anyone except yourself. You even use your crippled-up husband as more sympathy-bait. You're despicable.

    You insult literally everyone who disagrees with you and you put a hostile type like Sam Huntington in charge when you're too busy to write anything, which should tell everyone reading this exactly who YOU are.

    You like to see how far you can push someone, how pissed off you can make someone get, how manipulative you can be, and have them still come back for more. There are only two people whose comments you keep deleting, one for being so far left in his/her nastiness that no one wanted to read it, and myself, for demanding that Sammy apologize for his sophomoric insults toward me for pointing out a mis-statement of his. I refused to back down, so you delete my comments rather than show any level of normal decency.

    You strike me as being a sociopath. Sociopaths are always right and never apologize for anything. Why should they when they're never wrong?

    But let this slide? NEVER. Karma's a bitch, isn't it?

  23. My gosh! That looks so painful!! I think I went crying to the Eye doctor when I scratched it and thought that was hell on earth.

    I pray the Lord heals you today!

  24. Good post! Thanks for sharing this information I appreciate it. God bless!



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