Re: Cornea Disease

      I started with this question by being purposefully vague....just to see what response there might be.  It was interesting to see the responses.  My cornea problem is called Map-Dot-Fingerprint dystrophy. I knew there was something wrong when it became an every night thing of waking up in unbelievable eye pain, as if someone dumped a bucket of sand in my right eye while I was sound asleep.  It is a long process in treatment.  For the past two years, I put Muro 128 ointment in my eye everynight just to be able to sleep.  Oddly, this disorder doesn't bother me during waking hours....only at night in sound sleep.  It looks as though the next step will be to "buff" my cornea in hopes of stimulating cornea cells that will "stick" to it's foundation.
      Now, how this relates to working in a lab.  I know from experience that during the past few years of working with chemicals (in a job that I love!) there are times some exposure of something or other made me "squint" in reaction.  For example, the inadvertant whiff of bouins solution when staining, or say, ammonia water when wiping tissue sections during cutting.  My doctor said it would be prudent to wear additional glasses over my prescription glasses.....leading me to question if there is a role in which chemical exposure/fumes could stimulate corneal erosions.  For posterity, I don't pose the question to get out of work. I'm one of those people who love this profession.  After all, I've managed this problem for two years now without missing a day of work!
      But as it seems, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of lab folks with cornea problems.  Even still, I hope the question itself was interesting to others. So with a wink and a nod.....;-)         Take care!

Deb King, HT (ASCP)

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