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Unfortunately, Martha, that small hole is a big problem :(
The contact lens is now trash.....sorry about that.
Do not put it in your eye as it could cause a corneal abrasion, which might lead to a corneal infection. At the very least it will irritate your eye.
Does this make sense to you?
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Hi Dr. Rick~ I know it makes sense ~ but I have two others since I moved here and they can't seem to make them fit right~ I am tired of running to that optometrist~ my old one still works~ as I looked after it well~the little tear is right at the very edge no bigger than a pin size~ could I cut it off with scissors ~that little tear I mean~ otherwise I don't know what to do~I am wearing one of the new ones right now taking your advice~I see that I spelled hole as whole~I must be upset~ a person had just called before this and it is a scam trying to hack a person's computer~I was smart enough to just hang up~so cutting that little edge off would not help??~They don't make my lens anymore and thus they are having a hard time to get me one~Martha~
hi Dr. Rick~My son just took me to a walk in Clinic and the Doctor said my eye had no glue or anything wrong with it~ he examined the contact and said it was okay~ as the little rip in at the far edge a long ways from where the cornea is~ so it is not touching it or near it and thus was safe~ does this sound right~my eye feels very tender right now however and I have no contact in at all~ maybe I was poking at it too much today trying the three that I have~there is a small amount of white sentiment~ I don't know if it is from the Azopt drops or that other problem~does this sound sensible to you~Martha I forget if this white goop sort of thing is serious or is baby shampoo enough to treat it with~
Thanks Dr Rick~It is not a problem to order a new one as soon as possible~it seems impossible for her to get the right one~ although you probably would advise me to wear one of hers~than this one ~it really is not ripped~it a small pin hole at the edge~ the Doctor drew a picture of where the cornea is and where this pin point was and he said it was okay~ but you give me doubts~I would trust you more than a Doctor~ he was a Medical Doctor~ but he could not see a problem~I was glad my eye was okay and no glue got in there~ although I was quite sure it did not~my eye is very red and sore tonight~ would it hurt to miss my glaucoma drops for one night~the pressure is a way down and I feel it needs a rest~Martha~
Hi Handsome Dr. Rick~I Really like this picture of you~:-) anyway I heard from my sister tonight and she said that she Finally got her appointment on October 15th~but it is not covered by Insurance~ she is a Social Worker and even works for the Government~she is surprised because this is not an experimental drug and the Doctor is a Renowed Retina Specialist right across Canada~so she has to pay~ I wonder what poor people do who cannot~ it seems odd when it is so necessary to save one's sight~she was laughing how she can't be in the sun or go to work around floresant lights for a while and she may have to go around wearing a Burka~she has a sense of humour about it anyway~ I saw my Optomatrist today and you are right~ she would rather I did not wear the lens unless absoluately necessary~I am getting at least contacts this time for that eye that are monthlies~ before we could only get one that lasted a year or more and you were stuck if you lost it or tore it~plus to me these would be more sanitary~Martha~
Hi Dr. Rick~ Well I am still out of jail~maybe that is where I should be~I am so pesty with questions~when my Optomatrist says I am 20- 25 and 20- 30 does she mean with correction lens~ the left eye sees well far with the cataract contact and yet the other only does only with glasses~although the opposite is so with my right eye~I can see close real well without glasses~ so I don't know whether to wear them all the time or just when watching TV or driving~ as I have to keep taking them off to see close on my computer or to read~ eventually I will get a contact for distance in the right eye~I have one now but not practiced in putting it in and out~ as for thirty years I did only the left eye and it was a thicker lens~I notice this new disposable one is a lot finer and not as thick~ it thus should feel more comfortable I would think~it does at times and then it tends to bother me~ as did all the ones I have worn over the years~ why would that be~is it maybe that goop in the eye and how often should I use the baby shampoo~I am getting discouraged with my eye situation~it looks like one is near sighted and one far sighted~ is this a normal situation or am I weird~ if I wear a contact in my right and good eye I will need readers for close up~I can't keep running there~ when I lie down to rest should I take the contact out~ I think she said 20- 40 one can't drive~ so mine seems pretty close to that~as I type I don't need glasses and would the 20- 25 cataract eye be better for distance than close~is that what it means~as that is the way it seems to be~sorry for perhaps being so confusing~I guess I am always afraid of going blind~Martha~
I always take a bath and not a shower~but I am sure this baby shampoo thing still works this way~ is it normal for contacts to not feel comfortable all the time~at times I don't even feel it and then others it is annoying~ I can't bother that poor woman again~ she is ordering in a few different makes for me to try out~I assume at the same prescription~ maybe some materials feel better than others~I wish I could just wear my old one~ although no doubt it is really worn out by now~it seems the disposable ones would be more sanitary over all and one would not have the worry of tearing one or losing it~how long do you leave the baby shampoo on and rub it~ I find it does burn~ as you say this may mean it is working~if my sister can't see the second line of the chart~ her vision in that eye cannot be very good~ I worry more than she does obviously~perhaps I should be in a Mental Hospital and not Jail~I was taking Wellbutrin and felt good and then my skin all broke out in a rash~ I had to stop it~ they want to try the Xl version next~as a Retina expert and not a mental health one you no doubt do not understand these things and I should not even ask you~I just feel more comfortable with you~ The XL would go into my system slower is their explanation~ since you also are a Doctor you might understand this theory~but to me it is still the same drug ~you are not an contact expert either~ so I guess you may not know the answers to my many questions~I had better tip you well ~should I wear glasses all the time with eyes like my situation~I see so well up close without them is my problem~Martha ~ yes AGAIN~I can't reach my Optomatrist except Sundays~
Hi Dr. Rick~I hope that you got your Tip~you more than deserve it~anyway I wore my contact a good part of the day and if I had not been at her Office yesterday I would worry moreso~I am at my Computer a lot during the day and now my eye really is sore~ so I took the contact out~ it does not appear damaged~my eye does not look extra red or anything and is just very uncomfortable~I am so discouraged~as when I left there yesterday it felt fine~I don't dare put my old one in I don't think~ I have another one that did not seem to have good vision yesterday~ so I sort of insisted on going back to her original try~ which gave 20- 25 vision~ would being at a computer too long cause this or would it be more serious~Martha~
So do you think my eye would be okay to put my lens back in~Martha
No not the torn one and yet my son was here and he felt that I should put that one in~ he said he heard the Doctor say in emergencies I could use it~I have the one back in I had in all day~ I can't figure out to why it feels okay at times and then not~ I see very well with this one~I hope it is not damaged~it dried up one night and stuck to the back of a mirror and I immediately put it in solution~ she put it in yesterday so it seems she would have known if it was okay~ I do not have good close vision with this~ but good far~ whereas my right eye is the opposite~would this is what she is trying to do~ I have to wear glasses for distance in the right eye and yet see perfect up close~I have weird eyes and wish I had good ones~Martha~When an eye is sore like that is it okay~to me it should not get sore by wearing a contact~or as I said too much computer use~your wife must be about to give you the evil eye for supper time or already had :-)
I know that I have asked this a dozen times before~ but is 20- 25 and 20- 30 pretty good vision~ does it mean better far or close vision ~I just hope this Optomatrist knows what she is doing~ in my old Province I never had to go back so many times~ she ordered a lens and that was it~ although they no longer make this one~they did not have monthlies back then either~I would feel more secure if I could still rely on my old faithful one~although at times it too felt bad in my eye~when a person has the implant I would think that they would have none of my problems or are there some issues with those as well~ would you say my sister's problem is worse then mine~as an example~I am alone now and perhaps have too much time to worry~ Martha~
The distance is good ~last question tonite I promise~but my up close vision is extra good in my right eye~the 20- 30 one~ is that normal~ You too have a nice Evening~Hi to Fletcher and the rest of the gang~ is a cock- a- poo a good mix~my sister had one and it was not and yet my son is getting one~ Martha~ Funny how two experts said my surgery would be too risky~too bad that you were not my Doctor :-)
Somehow I am glad I am not near that RWOooof~ one would Never know the mother of Fletcher was a German Shephard~I realize that it is larger dogs you like~maybe Fletcher inherited his mother's personality~ since he got NONE of her looks~Martha~
Oh My Goodness~ what a size~no you will not have to worry about a Burgler~I just would not want to be that Burgler~Shephards can be quite fierce as well~ as I said I knew them well~ as the RCMP dog master lived next door to us and the dog made me afraid~he came running at me one day and I thought it was lights out for me~Martha~Thank goodness his Trainer was near by~is Fletcher good around kids~is your son lonesome~ you do not have to answer right a way~Martha