$200 Eyedrops? Ouch

eyedropsLast month my eye doctor asked what seems like a simple question that I had difficulty answering. “Do your eyes hurt?”

My response, ” I don’t know.”

Yes, I rub my eyes constantly. Yes, my eyes itch. Yes, they burn. And my eyes feel best when they’re closed. But do they hurt? I’m not sure. My eyes have felt this way for the past 35 years. Nothing’s changed. I don’t know if they hurt since this is all I know.

My doctor prescribed eye drops to be used twice a day. He said my eyes are not only red but swollen and he thought I should try this prescription to see if they helped. Since he didn’t have a sample, he wrote the prescription and warned me they may be a little pricy, but asked that I give them a try and then check back in a couple of weeks.

When I dropped off the prescription I was told they would have to order the drops and they should arrive in a day or two. This should have sent off an alarm. No eye drops at any Walgreens in the county?

Well, I understood the problem when I learned they would cost $205 – and I have insurance! I decided to pass on the drops since I can’t even remember to use the $5 over-the-counter drops on my night stand, in my purse, and in the glove compartment in my car.

I may not know if my eyes hurt, but I know I’ll feel pain when one of those eye drops rolls down my check or drips off the end of my nose which happens to at least 50% of drops I try to put in my eyes. Now that would be painful!

I did agree to splurge on a new pair of glasses with transition lens to provide additional protection from the sun since I remember my sunglasses about as often as I remember to use eye drops, but for now I’ll pass on the drops more expensive than gold until I answer the question about my eyes hurting in the affirmative.