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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Eye Exams Make Me Sleepy


This morning was my first official eye exam of 2013 - And there have been no changes since my last visit. In my Dr’s own words:  Everything looks good!  

And I’m grateful and relived. 

But as I sit here at work waiting for my anime eyes to go back to normal as I try my best to focus on the letters on the screen (not so easy when your pupils are dilated,) all I want to do is go to sleep.  
WHY? Because every single time I go to the Eye Doc’s, the rest of the day has me:
  1. Explaining to anyone and everyone who crosses my path that I’m not high
  2. Shielding my eyes like one of the Twilight gang from any and all sunlight
  3. Downing massive amounts of caffeine and fighting the irresistible urge to take a nap 
I don’t know If this sleepytime effect occurs because I get up extra early to arrive at my Dr’s office at 7:30 a.m.; or it's  some weirdo side effect of the eye drops that never seem to want to leave my eyes, (on average, my eyes stay dilated for at least 6 hours,) or it's because of all the stress and anxiety that builds up for days before each visit and doesn’t let up until my eye exam is over. 

Most likely it’s some Kellylicious trifecta of all of the above.  And for the record, it has nothing to do with my bloodsugar, which is 129 ;) 

So has anyone else experienced the sleepytime effect after they get their eyes dilated or am I the only one who needs a caffeine drip IV after a visit to the eye doctor? Diabetesalicious minds want to know! 

3 comments:

Scott K. Johnson said...

Glad to hear that everything looks good - that's fantastic news!

I don't get sleepy, but definitely fight with the blurry vision and harmful bright lights.

Wendy said...

I get so sleepy the rest of the day too. My eye doc says that it's eye-fatigue and can tire some people out.

Vera said...

@ Wendy: That totally makes sense! I tend to get tired eyes too - just the eyes though.
Kelly, ask if they have the drops to make your eyes normal again in a shorter time afterwards - I don't know whether they give you the same stuff for dilating your pupils in the US, but in Germany you can get something to reverse the effect more quickly.