During the Engagement Encounter weekend, apart from having lots of dialogue and bonding time with teach other, Luke noticed that I had an ‘extraordinary’ amount of eye shit being present near the corners of my tear ducts on Saturday. I told him perhaps was it was due to the lack of sleep – Friday ending really late and our wake up call on Saturday on camp was at 7am.
He then went on helping me clear the eye shit that kept multiplying as the day went by, but noticed that he couldn’t clear a bigger lump on the right eye. The more he tugged, the more it hurt – and I later told him that that wasn’t eye shit, that was actually a lump of skin or milia seed or some oil seed which I’ve been wanting to rid of for quite a while. He suggested that I see a doctor about it…which I put a mental note on it (for him to make such a mention, it should be quite ‘in the face’ right?) I also told him that I was actually supposed to get it removed at the National Skin Centre during SQ days (and paid for!)…only that I procrastinated a lot, and before I knew it – I was out of there (SQ, that is).
I started actively searching for solutions as soon as the work week began. From asking around to searching forums & articles – I started making appointments / enquiries with National Skin Centre, and some doctors in private practise. What did put me off was the 5 working days waiting time for NSC, and the costly consultation fees for the private doctors (I was quite sure most of the fee was to pay that penthouse office situated in Orchard road). I also discussed with Luke on the various options I found, he always preferring the doctor option, while I swayed towards going to a beautician I found on one of the bridal forums, to have it pricked and removed during facial…at a cheaper cost. Luke being Mr. practical man kept advising that I see a doctor instead and get a medical opinion – unless I really wanted to go to the beautician. He offered to pay for the consultation fees – just so that everything would be assessed and done in a medically safe way. I was hesitant, as the beautician had called and informed me not to burn it off as it may result in scarring since it was near the eye.
I made 2 appointments. One with the beautician and one with a doctor in aesthetics practise as I didn’t know which to choose. After much reasoning with Luke, I decided to consult the doctor first, just to get an opinion and boy was I glad I did. Dr. Ng was a very smiley, friendly and pleasant-looking doctor, just as how he sounded on the phone when I first asked if he could help me resolve the issue.
Dr. Ng came out to greet us, ushered me into his room before gently asking “what is wrong with you dear? I don’t see a problem.” I pointed to the inner corner of my right eye and mentioned that I wanted to remove the oil seeds. He squinted hard, before wearing his magnifying glasses because they were too small to spot. After a careful examination, he concluded that they were cysts (eeps!) and reassured the both of us that they were the easiest and safest to remove and I had nothing to worry. Luke was soooo relieved that we seeked medical help while it was still at a benign stage, as he mentioned to us how his dad’s cyst on the neck had grown into something serious and surgery was needed to remove it. The doctor said that he could remove the 2 cysts I had, within 30 seconds at the pain of a pin-prick. Before I could respond, Luke agreed with the doc that we should do it on the spot, since we were already at the clinic. Under the harsh lighting and at the doc’s microscopic examination, he sported some brown spots on my cheek too…but mentioned that I needn’t be in a hurry to get it removed until a month’s time if I wanted to.
The doc was right in describing the laser as being as accurate. Luke said the laser burnt in exactly in the middle of the cyst and the seed was yanked out in a spilt second. No blood, no bruise – just a pin prick as I had expected and some burning smell from the laser. Turns out I had not 2, but 3 cysts (one was hidden behind another) and within minutes – I opened my eyes, looked into the mirror and was very pleased with the quick and effective results! Luke was happy too, knowing that if I had gone to the beautician and did the needle & prick method may have resulted in the cyst spreading and forming a wall…
I appreciated bo for taking the tab. I was also glad that we researched for a reasonably-priced doctor instead of overpaying the ones at Orchard Road. The inner corner of the eye stung for a little while thereafter, but all was good within the hour. Mom was so impressed with the results that I think she’ll be going to laser off her brown spots as well. I’m so happy I don’t have this ‘permanent eye shit’ anymore!
My 3 eye cysts cost approx.$160 to laser off.
Dr BC Ng Aesthetics is at Goldhill Plaza.
Mon-Tue: 11am – 7pm
Thu-Sat: 11am – 7pm