Yep, my name is Cat, and I am an addict.
Ahh, there, I feel better already.
Yes, I have an addiction. An addiction to eye drops.
I don't know how it all started, but like most things I guess one thing just led to another and now here I am, twenty years on, hooked.
I think it started with Visine, then I moved on to Naphcon-A. Once I even found a prescription in the cupboard that belonged to one of the kids when they had conjunctivitis and I had it filled and used them. UntilI found myself dropping four or five times a day.
I had little bottles in my bag and a special container in the fridge to hold all the varieties I had.
But last week I decided enough was enough. Come Monday I said, I will not use eyedrops again. And I haven't. Two and a half days – no eyedrops. I did buy some Genteal drops which are just a saline solution, just in case I felt the need. But I haven't so far. Anyway, thats like going on the methadone programme. Replacing one addiction with another one.
My eyes just always feel so dry. And itchy sometimes. The optometerist told me I don't produce enough tears. I am dry eyed. And I got a splinter in my eyeball once and I think the dropping increased after that.
And once when I was about 14, I was at a softball gala day and my eyeballs got really badly sun burnt. I did a lot of sun damage to myself back then. And now I have pterygium (have had for about 20 years now). It's like scar tissue that grows from the corner of your eye towards the cornea. And although they're not dangerous, they can get red and dry.
So from now on I'm saving the drops for special occasions only.
Just another reason people why you should stay out of the sun.
And wear a good pair of sunnies.