Eye Sore



Warning: Due to copious amounts of ick, viewer discretion is advised.

The most common reaction to telling someone that you've lost sight in your right eye because of a massive corneal ulcer is, "Jesus!"

I've heard, been texted and emailed that single-word reaction a cool dozen times since a wicked infection moved into and subsequently wreaked havoc on my eye on May 29.

The whole story is harrowing, full of urgency, plot twists, action and dragons (if I have a few drinks before telling it). But for the purposes of this post, I intend to let the photos tell it.

Suffice to say, I am in little danger of dying and the doctor is confident he can restore my vision a few months down the road.

Below is a visual log of the gross infection and my recovery. I took the first photo on May 29 to see why my eye was bothering me so much. I took the next in sequence on June 4, when I could first force the eye open again.

The rest is self-explanatory, and I will update this post each day with a new photo (at the bottom). Happy viewing. Please don't barf.


May 29, 10:55 p.m.


June 4, 1:08 p.m.


June 5, 3:45 p.m.


June 6, 12:31 p.m.


June 7, 12:56 p.m.


June 8, 12:12 p.m.


June 9, 1:03 p.m.


June 10, 11:58 a.m.


June 11, 12:51 p.m.


June 12, 2:34 p.m.


June 13, 4:34 p.m.


June 14, 1:52 p.m.


June 15, 4:43 p.m.


June 16, 5:24 p.m.


June 17, 12:17 p.m.


June 18, 3:35 p.m.


June 19, 2:02 p.m.


June 20, 10:57 a.m.


June 21, 9:15 a.m.


June 22, 11:09 a.m.


June 23, 9:25 a.m.


June 24, 10:26 a.m.


June 25, 11:45 a.m.


June 26, 2:20 p.m.


June 27, 10:43 a.m.


June 28, 8:57 a.m.


June 29, 10:26 a.m.(one month)


June 30, 9:48 a.m.


July 1, 9:52 a.m.

Today, July 1, I will begin to post only once per week. The progress I'm making is subtle and doesn't translate into daily photos. To tide you over, here's a picture of a cake eyeball my co-workers made to celebrate my return to the office. (@kerning, @copyeditorific)




July 8, 9:27 a.m.


July 15, 10:25 a.m.


July 22, 10:25 a.m.


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