One morning I awoke to find my eyes glued shut! It was scary! I tried and tried to open them – and when I succeeded, the pain was excruciating! What in the world is wrong? I wondered. After several days of this, I discovered that if I slowly pushed up the lids, it didn’t hurt as much.
I mentioned my problem to my neighbor, Evelyn. “Oh, you have dry-eye,” she exclaimed. “I have that problem too!”
“Well, what do you do about it?”
“My opthmatologist advised me that I could get some ointment at a pharmacy,” she answered. “By applying it each night to my lids, my eyes don’t get stuck together at night.”
So I got the ointment and applied it to my lids, and it worked.
Several weeks later, when I took my mother to see her opthalmologist, I asked him about dry-eye. He said, “Oh, a lot of my patients complain about that!”
When I asked him about a cure, he said there was none. Since I suspected that dry-eye might harm my eyesight, I looked through the indexes of several of my medical and self-help health books, but couldn’t find the term “dry-eye.”
“Oh, Lord, please help me!” I exclaimed. As I prayed, I felt led to look through all of my books and finally found one that had “dry-eye” listed. Thus I discovered the medical term for it: xerophthalmia. One 55-year-old book I had said it was “a disease in which a severe dryness of the eye occurs, resulting from a deficiency of vitamin A. Permanent blindness may result in the advanced stages of this disease if it is not promptly and properly treated.” I was right! It was harmful indeed!
The book recommended taking Vitamin A for a cure. A more recently published book I had on vitamins confirmed this. Why doesn’t Mom’s opthalmologist know this? I wondered.
I had been taking some Vitamin A each day; but I started taking a 10,000-unit capsule daily, which my vitamin book said was safe. I also felt led to begin drinking more water. In two weeks my xerophthalmia cleared up; also my sensitivity to bright sunlight disappeared and my night vision for driving improved! I told my neighbor about this; she started taking Vitamin A and her xerophthalmia cleared up also.
The next time I took my mother to her opthalmologist, I told him about our cure and held out to him copies of the literature. He refused them; he wasn’t interested.
So now I have been free of dry-eye for ten years, and my eyes are in good condition; and I praise the Lord that He is the great Physician and I can go to Him for answers when I need them!
Psalm 48:14 says, “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even unto death.”