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Old 04-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #1
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Why do my eyes always hurt?

A couple of years ago, I was struck in the head with a large rock, which caused a gash in my head. Within a couple weeks, my eyes started really bothering me I never had any problems with my eyes prior to this. I didn't go to the doctor right away, because I figured it would go away, but it never did. I have just dragged through life ever since. My eyes hurt all of the time...Alot of the times, they sting and are watery. They are sensitive to wind and light..They feel better after about 10 hours of sleep, but they start bothering me again within 5 minutes of waking up. When I wake up, my eyes usually feel kind of puffy. I went to a general physician, I told him about being hit with the rock, but he didn't think it was related. He thinks it is dry eyes, although my eyes don't feel like there is something in them and my eyelids don't stick to my eyes. He referred me to an eye doctor, and he also said dry eyes. I tried dry eye drops...they don't help...I have tried refresh tears, systane, and a bunch of others..I have tried putting in gel eye drops before bed, sleeping ten hours, putting in drops upon waking, and using drops every half hour, but it still didn't help...I have tried alaway drops and zyrtec pills in case it was allergies, with no luck. I went to an optometrist, and he said my eyelids were inflamed, but said that my eyes themselves were healthy and he didn't see any problems with them. He thought the inflammation was from allergies. He prescribed me Alrex for the inflamation and Patanol for the allergies. These drops have provided no relief. I think this doctor was quite possibly right about the general problem...I think it is inflamed eyelids, although I don't think it is allergies, but I'm not sure..I do not have insurance any longer, so I don't have money to waste going to the wrong kind of doctor or buying unhelpful medications. What I am looking for is: 1-If anyone knows what my problem might be? 2-What kind of doctor should I go to now- general physician, go back to optometrist, opthamologist, or someone else? 3-Any medication I could recommend to the doctor that will be effective? Any help is appreciated...My life is pretty unbearable right now...All I do is go to work, and then I sleep with any extra time because my eyes bother me so much Thank you for any help

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Old 04-06-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: Why do my eyes always hurt?

As your problem seems to be related to the rock incident, it is possible that it caused some internal trauma that is beyond the capabilities of an optometrist to diagnose. It would probably be best for you to consult either a neurologist or a neuro-ophthalmologist, preferably at a hospital specialising in trauma cases.

Old 04-06-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
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Without any health insurance,I think your best bet is to phone the United Way(First call for help desk))and tell them your circumstances.The YWCA,and YMCA
in my town is good ,Crisis center at the local hospital, Catholic Charities is great,
as is the Women's Crisis Center(generally to help in domestic cases),Salvation Army and Volunteers of America,and the Red Cross are active in my town,always willing to help. Good luck Bill

Old 04-06-2009, 05:01 PM   #4
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As an addenda,my eyes hurt for a long time after I took

Another note...

Another eyes hurt for three years from taking one pill for my nerves.
When I immediately looked in the yellow pages for an eye man,the entire page
did something that was unbelievable.I think Ativan and Paxil(controlled release only) did the job,finally. Good luck Bill

Old 04-08-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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I had burning red eyes for years. I finally found my cure in Prednisolone 1% eye drops.
The difference was like night and day. It is a generic so not too expensive.

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I have been on Pred Forte (Prednisolone 1%) drops for the last 7 days following a vitrectomy. They are a very powerful anti-inflammatory and should only be used under medical supervision. The white (sclera) of the operated eye was completely red last Wednesday and the redness has now almost gone. Consequently, I shall stop using the drops by the end of this week.

Old 04-15-2009, 02:43 PM   #7
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Re: Why do my eyes always hurt?

It does sound like dry eyes to me too. I had watery eyes all the time and it finally got better when I started using drops such as genteal (solution like tears) over the counter..When they told me it was dry eyes, my first thought was: but they are watery all the time, not dry!. But it was..the optometrist can do a fast, painless strip test to check for that. Wind, air from heaters or air conditioners, made it worse!. Mine hurt by the end of the day.
Good luck!

Old 04-16-2009, 08:17 PM   #8
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Re: Why do my eyes always hurt?

it definitely sounds like it could be dry eye. try some over the counter drops such as systane or genteal. since your eyelids are being affected as well it may be blepharitis, so try some heated washclothes over your eyes for 5 minutes a few times a day (and generally just try to keep your eyelids very clean). if none of those solutions help then it may well be some kind of nerve issue in which case i would suggest a neurologist or neuro-ophthalmologist.
it may or may not be related to your rock incident but your best bet is to come at this from more than one angle, that way it can be a process of elimination. i'm sure an answer will crop up

Old 11-23-2009, 03:19 AM   #9
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I have basically the exact same thing as you, and have had it for about two and a half years now. I'm 22 now (almost 23), it started when I was 20.

I've tried all sorts of lubricating eye drops, and gel eye drops, and I've seen the GP, optometrist, and ophthalmologist, and yet I still suffer.

My eyes are always in pain, and I spend a lot of time sleeping/closing my eyes during the day. I currently am using lubricating eye drops, and I also have this little water bath... I'll explain what I mean by water bath.

I have this little cup that you fill with water at a pH level the same as your eyes (the water is pretty cheap, like 4 bucks for a bottle of 500mL), and I use it to rinse my eyes sometimes. I don't do this too often, maybe 2 or 3 times a week, because otherwise I would be removing too much mucus from my eyes, and that would give me "mucus eye fishing syndrome".

Anyway, those are the only two things I'm doing right now, the eye drops and the water bath, and it gets me through the days, but I certainly still feel constant pain, but it's bearable (most of the time).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone, and that I personally doubt very highly that the rock had anything to do with it, and was merely coincidental. If I ever find a cure, I will come on here and tell you. Good luck.

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