Recap:

November 2005 – Optometrist points it out to me, making it painfully obvious from that time on.

December 2005 – Point it out to my family at Christmas making it painfully obvious to them.

January 2006 – Decide to go to the company who did the Lasik, TLC. Because they closed the Fairfax office, and Reston was too far, I went to the Tyson’s office. I was told that my eyesight is fine, I don’t have a lazy eye, and any difference in wideness is because “nobody is perfectly symmetrical”

March 2006 – Took pictures of evidence of the problem to the optometrist office that pointed it out to me. It wasn’t the same lady, but Dr. Miller saw from the pictures that there is an issue. Referred me to a neurologist, Dr. Stone.

April 2006 – See Dr. Stone at the Neurology Center for a consultation.

May 2006 – The first test I had was an MRI to see if I had Bell’s Palsy. Test turned out normal.

May 2006 – The second test was an EMG to see if there was something wrong with the nerves in my eye. Test turned out normal. Dr. Stone referred me to the opthalmologist who did the lasik.
June 2006 – The opthalmologist, Dr. Perraut, said the lasik had nothing to do with the wide eye, and that there wasn’t anything he could do. He suggested I get my thyroid tested. He called Dr. Stone and they faxed over a lab report. I was confused about just showing up at Quest Diagnostics, and I had been wondering if I should have gone to my regular doctor before all this mess.

June 2006 – I went to my normal Internal Medicine doctor, Dr. Perez, to get my thyroid tested. I think they did a T4, and a TSH. My results also mention Thyroid Peroxidase AB and Thyroglobulin AB. I also was tested for Lyme Disease by Dr. Perez. All came up negative. Dr. Perez referred me to a neuro-opthalmologist, Dr. Snyder.

July 25, 2006 – Dr. Snyder looked at me, and suggested Myasthenia gravis, or thyroid eye disease. He referred me back to the Neurology Center with Dr. Kurtske to get a Single Fiber and Repetitive Stimulation EMG/NCS to test for myasthenia gravis. He also sent me to the lab to get some blood drawn, but I haven’t received any tests back from them to know if that found anything.

August 13, 2006 – notice a “I looked at a bright light and I have spots in my eyes from it” sensation in my right eye only. It’s like I had a camera flash go off and it hasn’t faded away. I can see it when I close my eyes (it’s green). It would fade away, but once I open my eyes, it comes back. Have trouble reading papers because of the dark spot impairing words.

August 14, 2006 – woke up to realize that the mirror by the bed was facing me, and the bright morning sun was reflected in it. Could my eye have been partially open while I was sleeping and then the sun was just reflected into it and I was sleeping and didn’t realize it? Moved the mirror. I have been wearing a blindfold, but apparently in the night, I end up taking it off (I believe I take it off rather than it falling off, because it always is on the headboard cubbyhole, and not just floating around the pillows or in the bed.)

August 15, 2006 – Dr. Kurtske did the Single Fiber and Repetitive Stimulation tests today, and they came up normal, so I don’t have myasthenia gravis. Dr. Kurtske suggests the next step is to get a VER (visual evoked response) test done. That is scheduled for Thursday. I had mentioned the camera flash thing, but he’s not sure if it’s related or not.

Future appointments:

August 17, 2006 – Dr. Carol at the Neurology Center to perform VER

August 17, 2006 – Follow-up appointment with Dr. Snyder to go over the results from the myasthenia gravis and blood tests

September 5, 2006 – Follow-up appointment with Dr. Stone at the Neurology Center to go over results from the VER.

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