When I was a senior in high school, I caught MRSA from dirty equipment at the Optometrist’s office. Due to my family medical history, I am checked yearly for glaucoma. This optometrist visit was not one of my regular visits. During one of my regular visits, the optometrist had noticed something abnormal near the back of my eye so he wanted me to return to his office about a week later for a more in-depth visit. During this visit he not only dilated my eyes but also spent an exorbitant amount of time examining the optic nerve. As a result of this visit, the eye equipment spent a longer than normal time touching my eye.
A week after my visit, I noticed a red, painful bump near the corner of my left eyelid. I ignored it, thinking it was just a regular pimple that would go away within a few days. I was wrong. The bump grew until my eye was very swollen. I immediately knew that I had contracted this from the optometrists office since the bump only existed on the eye the optometrist had examined. My right eyelid was perfectly fine because the optometrist had not examined it at all.
After I met with my optometrist, he agreed that I had a MRSA, commonly known as a Staph infection, but he denied that I had caught it from his equipment. He prescribed antibiotic eye drops and suggested that I apply a warm compress to the eye several times a day to help with drainage. I decided to try the warm compress route before taking the antibiotics because I wanted to heal the MRSA infection more naturally. I am just not a fan of medicine until I try other treatments first.
Unfortunately for me, I had a jazz band competition to attend the following day. As a high school senior, this would be the last jazz band competition of my high school career and I simply could not miss it. I attended the festival, swollen eye and all. The people working the concession stand were very nice and would heat up my heating pad for me whenever I needed it. I performed at the jazz band festival, as the first chair alto saxophone, with a MRSA infection in my eye. During the middle of my performance, the MRSA infection began oozing, and it was very disgusting! However, the swelling had dramatically decreased in my left eye and I ended up not needing antibiotics at all!
MRSA can be a very gross infection and it is possible to catch it from dirty equipment at the Optometrist’s office. Ever since my MRSA infection, I have made sure the equipment was clean before the Optometrist examined my eyes. I know I caught it from the equipment because I never had an MRSA infection prior to this incident and have not had one since. I also started seeing a different Optometrist who complied with cleaning his examination equipment.
I hope no one has to go through the ordeal I did but if you do, you should know that there are multiple ways to treat an MRSA infection. Some infections resolve themselves within a few days. If your infection has not disappeared after a few days, you can see your doctor for an antibiotics prescription or you can do what I did and apply a warm compress to the infection numerous times a day. Every situation is different so choose the path that is right for you!