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Old 08-17-2006, 04:47 AM   #1
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Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

I have been having chronic red eyes for some time now. I am 23 yrs old. Here are my symptoms...

Both eyes:
Red Eyes (very red upon waking up in the morning)
Inflammed inner eyelids (looks similar to conjunctivitis)
Thickened bottom eyelids
Burning sensation
Cheeks are flushed

I do not have:
Crusting or flaky eyelids
No discharge
No itching

Has anyone experienced similar symptoms? Or maybe know what it is that I have? I have an appt soon w/ the Opht but wanted to hear from others.

Note: In the past, I have been addicted to OTC vasoconstrictors because an eye doctor told me to use it for allergies. I have not used the eye drops for 10 months. I have not worn my contact lenses for a month now.

Thanks so much!

 
Old 08-18-2006, 02:14 AM   #2
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Re: Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

If your cheeks are flushed as well could you have ocular rocasea? The eye component of it can become dry and red, so you may have dry eye due to rocesea. Burning, redness are symptoms of dry eye. You can have mild rocasea with bad ocular rocesea. and vise versa.

 
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:22 AM   #3
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Re: Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

Thank you so much for the reply. I went to a dermatologist awhile back and asked if I had Rosacea. He said that it was not Rosacea but that I have acne and tried to treat me with various acne medication which only irritated my skin more. My acne is not bad, I get a few here and there, usually around my cycle. I guess the only thing that bothers me right now is if I pull down my lower eyelids, the rims are red (inflammed) and has veins on it that lead to the white part of my eyes. I always thought I might have Rosacea/Ocular Rosacea. Or maybe I may have Posterior Blepharitis (Meibomitis).

 
Old 08-18-2006, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

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Or maybe I may have Posterior Blepharitis (Meibomitis).
Do you have flakes on your eye lashes? Usually do with bleptheritis. Alot of people with dry eye have inflammed inner eyelids. Dry eye ussually has some inflammation. i have mild rosesea and bad dry eye. But my eyes are not red, my inner eye lids are red and this is worse when my eyes feel bad (dryer). Have you seen an eye doctor? if you have dry eye and/or ocular rosesea its better to get treatment, restasis has been mentioned for people with ocular rocesea due to inflammation (it increases tear production by reducing inflammation), its been said to work better for people at the beginning of the disease.

Try hot compresses, you may have oil in your M Glands that needs help pushing through, the heat lossens it up.

U also could have allergies but to me it sounds more like the above as you dont have itching, you may have allergies but they may not be whats causing the problem. Doctors kept telling me my prob was allergies but i have all the hallmark symptoms for dry eye, plus allergy meds never worked..

Sorry what systematic acne meds were you put on, some can be the cause of red/dry/sore eyes. I.e acutane is a big one..

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Old 08-19-2006, 08:06 AM   #5
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Re: Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

Hi Sazy. I will be seeing an Opht. soon. The last eye doctor spent around 5 mins with me and then sent me home. No diagonoses. I hope this new one will take some time to help me. To answer your questions. No, I don't have any flakes on my eye lashes and I never took any oral medication for acne. Only topical, but I don't remember what.

I didn't know Dry Eyes can cause inner eyelid inflammation. I am sure if I got my inner eyelid inflammation under control that the burning will lessen. My bottom eyelids are very thick too, maybe it is clogged. I just really need help right now and feel really depressed. No one understands.

I am sorry to hear that you have Rosacea and Dry Eyes. How long have you had it for and have you gotten it under control? Do you take Doxycycline for your Rosacea? Well, let me know how you are doing.

 
Old 08-20-2006, 05:01 PM   #6
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Re: Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

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I didn't know Dry Eyes can cause inner eyelid inflammation. I am sure if I got my inner eyelid inflammation under control that the burning will lessen. My bottom eyelids are very thick too, maybe it is clogged. I just really need help right now and feel really depressed. No one understands.
You may be able to, but you may need to treat the dry eye in order to get the inner eye lid inflammation under control if its that way round.

I have a good complextion, its only when i get out if the shower or am really hot my face becomes red and blothey, am just taking supplements. its not a problem. not like the eyes are. I dont take doxy.

If ur still not conviced see a cornea specialist or enquire about a doc who specialises in dry eye in your area.

 
Old 04-21-2008, 09:00 PM   #7
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I have just read your problem and totally understand and sympathize with what you are going through. For approx. 1 1/2 years my eyelids have been red and inflammed, my lids burn and become very sore at times, eventually the whites of my eyes become red.... plus lower lids swell. I have been to 3 opthamalogists, 2 optometrists and 2 GPs and have been told that I have dry eyes and blepharitis. I live with headaches almost daily, too.

I have tried several methods of trying to clear this mattter up such as: bath my eyes in warm compresses, put humidifier in my room, erythromycin ointment and may have some relief, but it doesn't last long.

I am 57 years old and have been in the menopause for 7 years and I do realize you can get dry eyes, but this is ridiculous .

I have another thought, I live in a house that has some mould growing on the walls in the basement and am wondering if this is causing my problems. I also have an extra ordinary amount of dust in my home that at times feels gritty. I plan on hiring someone to come in to remove the mould and ask questions......who knows maybe this will solve my eye problem. I will let you know in a few weeks.

Anyways, best of luck and maybe you should consider the air in your home.......just a thought .

Take care,

 
Old 07-20-2008, 01:22 AM   #8
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Re: Chronic Red Eyes & Inflammed Inner Eyelids

I now this reply is abit late, but I think I have the same condition as "Sazy101"
Currently a 25 year old male I have had this condition for approx 8 years now
and it has been very frustrating problem to deal with, some days are slighty better than others but remains irritable on a daily basis.
No matter what season though colder months reduce the puffy eyelids quicker and feels better.

I wake up daily with red, puffy lower eyelids and the inner eyelid itself is red and inflamed which causes the eyeredness and I also as sazy101 have blotchy red face but only for about an hour after having a shower?

I have been to many GP's, optometrists and opthomoligist's but still not happy with my diagnosis or treatment, they have diagnised at as being chronic allergic conjunctivis but I dont believe it is an allergy.

I have pretty tried everything from moving city,s many house's and changing jobs but to nothing worked. When living with this condition I belive that having a clean low allergy houase and work enviroment helps but is deffinetley not the cause of the problem.

I have tried just about every otc and prescription eye drop and the best long term medication that helped was Opticrom which in my opinoun is the Sodium Chromagalytate.

As the same as sazy101 I have been addicted to OTC vasoconstrictors because they seem to be the only real relief and clear up the rebness and itching. Though over the past 2 years have tryed to stay well away from this because when I do use the drops I seem to wake up worse but it feels better when I use them that night, going out, partys etc..

Steriod I drops are great for short term use as any longer I noticed a steady climb in my eye pressures.

Headaches are a regular occurance I am not sure if this is due to the use of eyedrops or not but they can become quite stong.

Now I am still trying to find are cure for my condition or some better relief and I am afraid that my eyes have become over sensitive to these drugs in the eyedrops and therefore either losing the effect or making my condition worse..

I have not meet anyone else that has my condition and I have researched online alot and there are some simirlaritys but not the same, sazy101 is the closest I have come across and would like to know if anyone else has this problem and have they had anyluck in treating it because I have tried everything and it is now getting me down.

 
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