Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion
I had a chronic corneal erosion from a cut from a paper bag for 5 years until I was cured by “accident”. I do not recommend my “accidental cure” to anyone but want you to know it is possible to be cured.
Like you, my doctor had me lubricating my eye. It would get better for a short time, and then it would come back, presumably because the eye forms a “scab” that gets ripped away by the eyelid, re-opening the wound. Of course, an open wound is subject to infection.
Anyway, I was using a lubricating ointment in a tube. Unknown to me, we received a sample of a cold sore treatment which my husband put in the medicine cabinet next to the lubricating ointment for my eye. Yep, you guessed it! I didn’t read the label and put the cold sore treatment in my eye by mistake. The pain was excruciating! Since it is an ointment, it wouldn’t wash out of my eye. Ultimately, when the pain subsided a little, I went to sleep. When I woke up my eye felt better than it had in years. The corneal erosion was gone and has never come back (15+ years). This cold sore treatment is absolutely NOT recommended for use in the eyes. It contains both camphor and phenol so please don’t try this. It could be harmful to your eye.
My point is, there IS something that will work for you too. Don’t give up. If your doctor doesn’t try alternatives remedies, you might want consider getting another doctor.
You may want to show this post to your doctor with a list of ingredients in the cold sore treatment. Perhaps he can figure out what ingredient was effective and prescribe something with a similar action for you that would be safe for your eyes.
Last edited by mod85; 08-26-2013 at 02:38 AM.
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