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Old 12-22-2004, 04:14 AM   #1
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Severe Case Of 'Dry Eyes' Triggered By Allergies???

Can you give me your opinion on whether or not you think I have a odd strain of 'dry eyes'?

In mid 2002 I started having fatigue after a bad period of my allergies flaring up and I felt like my eyes were 'tired' and 'cold'. Then my eyes felt a little bit blurry and then settled in a way where I always perceive the 2 sides of my nose as being 'separate and transparent; like 2 shadowy sides that I constantly perceive'. I can never just see or focus on my nose normally..the 2 hazy, transparent and shadowy are always apparent and constantly remind me that I'm not well.

Since that time I've felt like that mainly in the top left hand side of my left eye *under the eyelid* feel a bit gunky, congested, sticky and gritty *sometimes when the symptom is exacerbated by things such as a stressful, busy or crowded situations it feels more hazy/foggy and sometimes feels like there are a small series of 'splinters' under the left eyelid (not that it hurts but it feels strange and sometimes disorientating)*


I've been plagued by these annoying symptoms for about 2 and a half years and after having 2 separate eye check ups by different specialists nothing serious has been found at all with my eyes thus the only suggestion doctors have had is to try drops for relieving dry eyes *I'm on 'Systane' now*. On the back of the Systane box it says it relieves "ocular fatigue, foreign body sensation, grittiness as well as things like stinging and burning"....I don't really feel any burning though.

So do you think this is a weird strain of 'Dry Eyes' and with a product like Systane will I be able to relieve these symptoms within the next couple of weeks??

I'm sick of feeling alone, depressed and withdrawn..

Thankyou.

 
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Old 12-22-2004, 11:50 AM   #2
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Re: Severe Case Of 'Dry Eyes' Triggered By Allergies???

Have you tried any allergy eyedrops? Since you have allergies, you might have "allergy eye" Allergies in your eye can cause grittiness, blurriness, and eye fatigue if left uncontrolled. I remember way back when my doctor thought I had pink eye. The antibiotic drops helped some but it came back. When I went to my eye doctor he suggested Opcon-A, and it worked great. Unfortuately my allergies were very bad, so eventually i was prescribed Patonal eyedrops.

I would give the "dry eyes" drops a chance to work, and then maybe give Opcon-A a try. Incidently, since moving to the desert I use moisture eyes eyedrops with my Antihistimine eyedrop now that I'm in the desert. I thought my allergies were getting worse, because I had more gunk in them, and my doctor said,"no they are proably dry b/c your eyes aren't used to the dry air." hth

 
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Re: Severe Case Of 'Dry Eyes' Triggered By Allergies???

Jerry, don't feel alone. You are not alone.



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Since that time I've felt like that mainly in the top left hand side of my left eye *under the eyelid* feel a bit gunky, congested, sticky and gritty *
This might be from clogged glands in your eyelid. You might want to use warm compresses to clean your lids.

But I can't explain your odd visual disturbances. When my eyes are terribly dry (most of the time), my vision does get blurry because of the lack of tears. Tears change the way that your eyes reflect light. A lack of tears could cause your corneas not to reflect light properly.

Has anyone ever dilated your eyes and checked your Retinas? If you are seeing images, that might not be from dry eyes.

Good luck!

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Old 12-22-2004, 03:58 PM   #4
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Re: Severe Case Of 'Dry Eyes' Triggered By Allergies???

Yeah, I've had the full eye check up by two specialists including having the eyes dilated and all those other tests they do.

It's just so bizarre...I really wanna get better.

 
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Re: Severe Case Of 'Dry Eyes' Triggered By Allergies???

Hi, there could be many reasons for your dry eyes....but go to an opthimologist and get checked out for Sjogren's syndrome. My sister has it, and from what you're describing it sounds eerily familiar.

I have dry eyes as well and certainly hope I don't follow down the same road as she.

I use Visine Advance Plus True Tears; Bausche and Lomb Allergy drops; and Isopto Tears. I tried all the other thicker artificial tears and they were tooo thick and attracted other stuff and stuck to my eyes. The above three are good options for me so far. I only use the allergy drops once a day.

Get checked out again. The previous poster's suggestions could definitely be worth a try as well. There are also Cromylin (sp?) drops which are like a preventative...and that might be another suggestion.

I do feel for you....I hope you find relief soon.

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