Friday, May 02, 2008

Freaky Eye Friday

let me assure you that every friday won't have a gross eye picture on it, but some might.  as you probably know, i'm an optometrist.  i fix eyes 5 days a week.  i thought i'd share a few interesting common cases that i see regularly.

the picture shown is an example of a corneal foreign body.  most people don't realize that there is a clear layer of tissue that sits like a dome over the colored part of our eyes.  that clear dome is called the "cornea".  it is the most innervated part of our entire body (i.e. there are more nerves per square millimeter than any other tissue in our body).  translation:  when we injure the cornea, it HURTS!!!  it seems like 2-3 times a week, a patient will come in complaining of a red, sensitive eye.  i'll ask if they remember getting anything in their eyes, and more often than not, they'll tell me they have been grinding or hammering something.  when i look with the microscope, i'll usually find one of these.  the metal has flown off the nail/hammer/grinding tool and embedded in the cornea.  if the metal remains in the eye for greater than 24 hours, a "rust ring" can develop.  the cornea is very well hydrated, and as we all remember from our physical science classes in middle school:  metal + water = rust.  i'll spend the next 5-10 minutes digging metal and rust from the patient's anesthetized cornea.  i can't describe to you how nervous i was when i had to remove my first metallic foreign body.  but it's a piece of cake now.

every time i have a patient like this, i always think back to what Jesus said in Matthew 7:1-5.  in my Bible, i labeled this section as "spiritual foreign body removal".  the only way i can successfully take a piece of metal from a patient's eye is if my eyes are working properly.  in the same manner, Jesus said that the only way we can properly judge others is if we have removed that sin from our own lives.  otherwise, we'd be judging hypocritically.  i can't seek to correct someone caught in lying if i am myself entangled in lying.  however, if i'm living as God directs and have "put away lying" (Ephesians 4:25), then i am commanded to help correct the erring brother.

maybe you have found instances in your job where something you do reminds you of Scripture.  i'd love to hear your story.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Home Improvements 2

here are a few more pictures to really accent how different the paint looks in the kitchen now...

Kitchen - after

Kitchen - before

Home improvements...

Brooke and I have been working on fixing all the problems that our "money pit" has created for us.  here are some pictures to show off our work:

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen - After

Mailbox - Before

Mailbox - After

New Light Fixture in Bathroom