To begin with, here’s a short back story. I’ve been having problems with my eyes for the last five months or so – I had to stop wearing contacts and use drops every day, but things weren’t getting better and my eye doc was mystified, so she sent me to a specialist.
I went to the specialist, and it was NOT a good experience.
There were two main problems. First, the guy kept insisting that I must be sleeping on my face and aggravating my sore eyelids. I definitely do not sleep on my face. But he seemed to believe that all overweight people were simply incapable of sleeping any other way – he didn’t seem to believe that I could possibly sleep comfortably on my side because I would “choke” on my fat.
The next is the worst part. After telling me that I probably have Floppy Eyelid Syndrome and have to tape shields to my eyes every night so I don’t move my eyelids when I sleep, he proceeded to lecture me for ten minutes about being overweight, including advising me to get gastric bypass surgery and, when I said I wouldn’t do that, he suggested that I go on an extreme diet like MediFast.
Now, I’m sure you don’t know this, but I was on some medicine that made me gain about 75 pounds in less than six months. I was always a big girl (size 16/18) beforehand and quite happy with myself. However, after that weight gain and hormone issues also caused by the medicine, I got severely depressed and went on a lot of crazy diets to try and lose weight and am just now getting to a point where I have decided that rather than go on any more crash diets, I will just eat well and exercise and try to accept myself for the size I currently am (22/24/26, depending). Having my EYE doctor degrade me like that, without knowing my medical history at all, and with HIS DOOR OPEN SO OTHER PATIENTS COULD HEAR just made me feel absolutely horrible.