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I got poke in my eye 1 yr ago this month by a Phoenix roebelenii.

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I got poke in my eye 1 yr ago this month by a Phoenix roebelenii. It went through my cornea, through the interior chamber and put a stamp on my lense. Since then my eyes do not track the same. I had emergency medical within an hr and started antibiotics right away. Ever since then I have had a MRI for a brain tumor, been tested for Myasthenia Gravis and now have glasses with prisms in them. It all seems to be just guesses and thought to be a coincident that my eyes are doing this at the very same time as the injury. I think it all stems from the injury. I know have a hard time with depth perception, seeing at night, looking up causes me to be unbalanced and looking to the right makes me dizzy. I am also having a hard time focusing on one line when I read. Any suggestions?
Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

It sounds like you have spent quite some time trying to get to the bottom of what is going on. I am sure that your previous doctors have thought of, and ruled out, all of the common and easily treatable conditions that could be causing your issues. Would you say this is a correct statement?


Well I think it might be time for you to take a very difficult, and bold, step to see if you can get some relief.

At this point I think the best thing for you to do would be to gather up copies of all your medical records and travel to a large University Teaching hospital. At an institution like that you could be evaluated and treated by a team of sub-specialists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. The best thing about these large teaching hospitals is that consultations are available with Professors and leaders in their field by just walking a few steps down the hall.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is an excellent example of just such a place as this. That being said there are many excellent teaching hospitals all across the country and I am sure that there is one near you.

I know that it is going to take significant effort on your part, but I believe that going to one of the "Medical Mecca's" is your best chance to – finally -- get to the bottom of what is going on.

Does this make sense to you?

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Thanks in advance,

Dr. Rick MD FACS
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


I was looking for more of what your thoughts could be of why this happened. I know about going to teaching hospitals. I have been and am going back to UCLA. It really doesn't take much thought to know that would be a step forward. I was looking for why you might have thought my eye started not tracking with the other be it possible nerve damage or just some underlying reason. The doctors tell me they "think" it a coinsidence but I am possitive it was the palm thorn in the eye. Thank you but I really could have gotten that information from anyone.

Karen,

I do not see anyway that the penetrating injury to your globe could cause your eyes not to track together well.

The other issues you are having could be due to damage to your cornea, causing irregular astigmatism, or damage to your lens, causing cataract formation. Both of these issues should be able to be diagnosed easily with a complete eye exam.

Does this make sense to you?

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