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Posted by Michelle on February 04, 2000 at 18:51:25:

In Reply to: Re: Irritated eyes all the time! posted by Donna Rollins on January 20, 2000 at 13:57:12:

: : For several years I've had trouble with my eyes being irritated. They often are red and look awful. I've went and had eye checkups only to be told I have a condition with my tear ducts. They gave me some drops that set my eyes on fire and i saw no improvement. I was told that I may need some procedure did that requires shunts to be inserted in my tear ducts. I have a lot of people tell me this is very painful and that many people after having it did, still have this problem. Perhaps allergies or something. I can get up in the morning after a good nights rest and have to put moisture drops in first thing. The eyes are still red. I can go all day with the feeling of irritated eyes, actually to the point of me squinting my eyes often. Later in the evening, I look like a have been a drunk my eyes are so red. Moisture drops only help for the few minutes after i put them in. I'd like any advice on this problem. Thank you!

Sounds as though you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. My eyes were very red and irritated for a long time. I do have allergies and wear contacts so that was always what I assumed the cause was. This summer my eyes started to water uncontrollably. It was crazy . . . and again, that the cause they said was allergys. To make a long story short, I have been diagnosed with having dry eye syndrome. Although compared to other's problems, this one really is not that bad, but it certainly is annoying. I have had the plugs inserted into my tear ducts . . . there was absolutely NO PAIN associated with that. They help some, but certainly they don't solve the problem. I use a humidifier in my house and that has been a big help. The drops are useless. I have heard that a new hormone drop is being developed which hopefully will help. I can't wait. Until then . . . wear sunglasses!! :~)

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