I went to my PCP, and he thought it was an infection and referred me to an ophthalmologist. I went to the ophthalmologist yesterday. I figured in getting the referral that the ophthalmologist's office would already be hip to my problem and get right to it.
Ahh, sorta. I didn't get said bump removed, but I did get a good eye exam and another appointment on Thursday to get the bump removed. I haven't had one of those in about 6+ years--an eye exam that is, not a bump. My vision has never bothered me, so I've never *seen* the need. Ahh, I slay me.
I thought it was super cool they had a machine you look into and automatically focuses in response to your ocular response and spits out a receipt tape with your prescription. Yet, even though they had me do that they later manually checked out my eyes. Despite the fact I have a slight astigmatism in my right eye and I'm slightly nearsighted in my left eye, I somehow still qualify for 20/20 vision. Yay me! My eyes work as a team to be greater than the sum of their parts.
The bump on my eye is actually scar tissue. One of the oil ducts under my lashes at some point had gotten infected, and I hadn't noticed. The scar tissue was a reaction to this infection. Now, this bump might have eventually disappeared on its own, but that could take years if ever. So, Dr. Chan thought removing as much scar tissue as possible was a good idea. Though he said my bump was a bit peculiar because it was so high up (in the crease of my eye). Usually these types of bumps develop near the lash line.
I got the vague impression that working on the bump was going to be a pain (metaphorically for him) because it was so high above the lash line. He's going to have to numb the area and then flip my eyelid inside out to work on it. He works on the inside of my eyelid to prevent a visible scar. The in-office procedure should take 20-30 minutes.
I bet I'm going to wish he had nitrous oxide to offer. Sigh.
In better vision news, I have good "eye pressure". I asked what the hell that was. Evidently, I have an al dente eyeball. At least, that's what I got out of the explanation. It seems having firm eyeballs is a good thing.
However, I have a suspicious optic nerve. Again, "What do you mean by that?" My optic nerve looks like I could develop glaucoma, but that may be just the way I was born. And that I should start yearly visits to monitor the optic nerve. Strange, they didn't LOOK like they were hurting for business. Heh. Maybe they meant it. :) I'm too cynical sometimes.