I didn't know James Joyce had iritis. I knew he had eye problems, but not specifically this. I doubt he had access to steroid drops. How he wrote Ulysses half blind is beyond me. For me, the effects of the dilation drops are worse than the blurring of the condition. You feel otherworldly. It is bizarrely difficult to absorb information when your vision is blurry. Although I am severely shortsighted, I have excellent vision with my contacts/glasses and this week of crappy sight has made me realise how alienating it is not being able to see properly. I am 'praying even though atheist' - to quote Helen Fleet - that the inflammation has gone down and I can reduce the damned medication this afternoon. Am so glad the eye hospital is literally five minutes from me. Off to do my ten o'clock slot. I feel like Howard Hughes, washing my hands twenty times a day.