But I have the eye kind.
Whaaaat? Herpes virus can enter the eye?
Apparently, it can. And in my case, I have been having it for almost five months. And it is starting to drive me crazy.
It all started back in January when I drove from my brother's house when suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my left eye. Whenever I tried to open the eye, it felt so painful and sensitive. Not only that, it was red and watery. To make matters worse, I was driving alone and there was no place to stop. But thank god I got home safe (luckily my brother's house wasn't that far).
I gave it a few minutes for it to be okay, and it did. It went on for a few days until one day, it became really painful and sensitive (like the one I felt in the car) so we went to the hospital. Long story short, the doctor said my eye got infected with the chicken pox virus. Since I've had chicken pox when I was small, the virus didn't go away. Most people still have that herpes virus (the herpes virus can cause chicken pox, btw) in the body but mine went to my eye and well, reactivated. What triggered it? The doctor said it could be many reasons, like stress or whenever the body's immune system went down.
When I thought about it, the day I felt that sharp pain in the eye, was a day after I got conjunctivitis. So I guess that triggered it. Since it's a virus infection, they gave me Aciclovir and I had to put that in my eye for five times a day. And I got 8 days of sick leave (which was awesome, no complains here :p)
But that was five months ago.
Initially, my eye felt okay but then, one fine day, the virus reactivated and I had to start back with the five-times-a-day of Aciclovir routine. Until now, it's still hasn't healed (well, on and off).
I am now writing with my left eye closed and it is very painful, watery and red. And I can't open my eye properly (which explains it being closed lol). Ever since this happened, I didn't feel that agitated and felt okay but now, to be honest, I'm starting to feel a bit impatient and well, pissed.
Why hasn't it go away? I've been putting the medicine religiously and it's still there!
The doctor said the virus is in my eye nerves (the virus got in my nerves - excuse the pun), so it's harder to make it go away. And oh yeah, they said I am allergic to Aciclovir because the skin surrounding my eye is red, swollen and really, really dry. So now, I look like someone punched me in the eye and I have been looking like this for five months (give or take). FIVE MONTHS.
Antivirus, reactivated, virus - I feel like I'm a computer. Like a virus infected computer. Ha!
I am known to have eye infections ever since I was little. Some people might have frequent headaches or fever but for me, eye infections. So I guess, this is the mother of all eye infections for me.
Since not many people have heard about this chicken-pox-virus-in-the-eye thing, here are a few symptoms to look out for:
- Sensitive and painful feeling in the eye whenever you try to open it
- Red and super watery eye
- Sensitive to bright light (I couldn't open my eye and had to stay in a dark room. Technically, I became a vampire)
- The infected eye doesn't feel itchy but painful and sensitive
Thought about posting a picture of my eye but I just couldn't. It's too awful and ugly. Eeks.
You can read more about this here, in WebMD