Went to the optometrist today. He did a bunch of tests that I had not had done for a couple of years since my insurance does not pay for them, but I figured in light of all that is going on I should have them take a good look. Paid out of pocket for them for sake of peace of mind.
They tested the pressures in my eyes and both were fine. They did High Definition scans of both my eyes to look at the optic nerve and the macula for degeneration. My left eye (non-headache side) was uninteresting. Now, for the right side: My right eye had improved from a -4.5 contact prescription to a -3.75 in less than a year. On the HD scan, we compared my 2011 right eye to the one from 2008. My macula (which typically degenerates as you get older as I believe) was clearer than in 2008, and though he said he felt funny even saying it...he said my optic nerve, and eye in general, looked younger now than in the 2008 scan. He had no explanation for that. I ended up with a -4.25 prescription for my left eye, and a -4.0 in my right so that they would even each other out. That is what the optometrist suggested. He had no suggestions regarding fluorescent lighting sensitivity and it making me physically ill. Additionally, very limited time spent under fluorescent light quickly exacerbates my headache and triggers the issues with the nerves on the right side of my face.
When all was said and done, he said my eyes are strangely healthy, and appear bright and clear. A freckle that has always been on my right eye in the back is now gone. He said he would have liked to have had an "Aha!" moment when he looked at my eye, but he said it looks the opposite of someone suffering from constant pain with exception of a little pinkness in the inner corner of the right eye on the white that he said looked like a tired eye. Said he saw nothing that would be causing the headaches or nerve pain and wished me luck.
I am left with more questions than answers. Guess I wait on the visit with the headache specialist in the end of January. I am still trying to get that appointment advanced. I have been calling every day to see if there have been any cancellations. The receptionists do not seem to mind. They have, in fact, encouraged me to keep calling. I am to return to my classroom next Tuesday, I had hoped to go back with relief, or at least techniques, I have neither. I am just going to have to steel my spine and push as hard as I can...all the while hoping for snow...copious...blizzard-esque amounts of snow.