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Old 06-25-2005, 01:28 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing great. First off, I'm sorry if I am posting this in the wrong forum, but I have been having red eyes for the last month. About 4 weeks ago people started asking me why my eyes were red...at the time I didn't notice it myself and it was new to me. So about a week later my eyes were still red. At this time the left eye was a little more red than the right and the redness was not major just minor. At this time I used visine, which did not work, so I tried some Bausch and Lomb eye drops for allergies and that did not work either. So I finally decided to head to my school clinic where I met with a doctor. The doctor told me that it was allergies and it was something in the air causing the redness in my eyes. She gave me allegra and told me to continue using my eye drops and to come back if the redness was still there. So I used these products yet the redness did not go away! I went back the the clinic and that doctor was not there so I met with a different doctor. He told me to stop using allegra, because I didn't have allergies (due to the fact that I was not sneezing nor having anytype of flu/cold type sympthoms). So he prescribed me some eye drops for infected eyes. (the eye drops name=Sulfacetamide Sodium made by Bausch and Lomb) He told me to meet with him again within two days. After two days the redness was still there and it was getting a little worse. Now I started to feel itching, watering, and burning sensations. And when I used these drops they really burned my eyes! So after I met with him again he told me to meet with the optometrist, because he did not know what the problem with my eyes were. The optometrist examined my eyes for a while and concluded that I had an eye virus. He told me its like having the flu or cold, but in my eyes. He told me to stop using eye drops and only use artificial tears or a cold compress whenever my eyes start to irritate. He said that my eyes would fight the virus and clean the redness in a week or if it doesnt to meet with him again. Its been well over a week and I still have the redness and it is really upsetting me! Somedays its very very mild and some nights it gets very severe. I can't do anything, everytime I try to go out my eyes start to irritate and I end up having to go back home. If anyone can help me please fill me in. These red eyes are driving me nuts! I just finished my 2nd year of college and I am on summer break and it is horrible! I can't even look for a job, because employers might think I'm on drugs when they see my red eyes! I don't know why this is happening to me, I am a very very healthy person. I have a very clean diet, I exercise 5 days a week and I get in all my vitamins everyday (from real fruits). Please if anyone has an information please help me out. Thank you.

 
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Old 06-25-2005, 03:14 PM   #2
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Re: Red Eyes

You really need to see an opthamologist, a physician specializing in eyes. An optometrist is trained to prescribe glasses but not the best for eye problems
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You may be sensitive to the preservatives in eye drops you were told to use.
There is a good chance you have "dry eyes" and need a no-reservative eye drop. You might want to try Refresh Plus in individual vials, over the counter, Refresh Celluvisc in individual vials, over the counter. Use drops every 2 hrs religiously. Try making sure you blink more frequently.

The opthamologist will be able to determine whether you are making tears or not.

Word of caution, anahistamines and diuretics do dry out the eyes. Probably some other medications do too.

There are several other possible causes for your eyes to be red, eye problems only an opthamologist will be able to treat.

 
Old 06-25-2005, 11:01 PM   #3
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Re: Red Eyes

Thank you so much for the help. I just purchased some Refresh Plus and lets pray it works! If I do have "dry eyes," how was it caused or what can cause this? I will try to make an apt w/ an opthamologist asap. Again thanks a bunch.

 
Old 06-26-2005, 12:16 PM   #4
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Re: Red Eyes

Not blinking enough can cause dry eyes. Eyes not closing good at night will allow eyes to dry out.

When using the computer, make yourself blink frequently, and use eye drops every 30 minutes. While looking at a computer screen or TV screen we usually do not blink often enough. When we read, we may not blink often enough.

Oil glands in eyelids may be partially plugged and not allowing the oil to cover eyes like it should. There are at least three layers to the eye, each have a specific function.

These are some of the more common reasons for dry eyes. Smoking or being in a smoke filled room will dry eyes.

 
Old 06-26-2005, 01:30 PM   #5
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Re: Red Eyes

thanks a lot for the help Marie...in my case its definitely not smoking, because I've never done it or am never around people who do it...but a little over a week ago I went to Reno and when I was in the casinos my eyes turned super red and was irritating badly. If I do have dry eyes it's probably because of the computer and reading. How can dry eyes be cured??? Do I have to use eye drops forever??? Thank you again.

 
Old 06-26-2005, 04:24 PM   #6
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Re: Red Eyes

I really cannot answer that question, all depends on the cause. If it is from not blinking enough, you can correct that.

If your eyes have stopped producing enough tears, there is a new medicine called Restasis that helps encourage the eyes to produce tears (last resort eyedrop). I am using this med. Also, depending on how dry eyes are and whether eye drops correct the problem, plugs can be put in the lower tear ducts in order to keep more tears in the eyes and not drain away. I now have the lower tear duct plugs.

You see, mine was caused by Rosacea going into eyelids and then Blepharitis (infection of oil glands). Blepharitis has been cleared for now, but, eyes are still too dry. I do hot soaks on eyelids , eyelids scrub with baby shampoo solution, to keep oil glands healthy and keep Blepharitis at bay. Then I use Restasis morning and night to encourage natural tears, then use Refresh Celluvisc every 2 hrs. and Refresh PM at bedtime.

You may have something entirely different from dry eyes, but the above will be of help in case you are diagnosed with dry eyes.

As a rule dry eyes is a chronic problem.

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Old 06-26-2005, 05:03 PM   #7
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Re: Red Eyes

A tip for using Refresh Celluvisc --
The "visc" in Celluvisc no doubt refers to the viscosity of the drops; they are almost a gel consistency. If your eyes are dry like mine, you will not have enough tears to dillute the gel, and it will blur your vision, then form a film.
"And how is this helping?" you might ask.
Well, in an hour of desperation, I discovered that adding a drop of Refresh Plus to the eye before and/or after the Refresh Celluvisc will dillute the Celluvisc just enough to make it create a moisture-holding layer on the eye, which the Refresh Plus drops cannot do on their own.
I still experience some blurring in the first few minutes, and, depending upon the atmosphere (air conditioning is a killer dryer), I may have to add another drop or 2 of the Refresh Plus.

Do you wear contac lenses? If so, you will want to take it or them out in the afternoon and rinse them.

Perhaps the time when the redness began coincided with the beginning of the airconditioning season?

In your first posting you said that you initially became aware of the redness via the observation of others. This sounds like you didn't experience discomfort until a later date. Do you recall at what point your eyes began to feel irritated?

I hear your frustration with the disconnect from doctor to doctor. It sounds like you are a student using your academic institution's health insurance. Are you also insured by a parent's plan? If so, there may be "in [your parents' insurance company's] network" ophthalmologists in your area. Or, if your school insurance network doesn't have an ophthalmologist, generally you will be eligible to see a local ophthalmologist with a referal from the optometrist.

Be sure to spend the ridiculous amounts of time on the phone to make sure you jump completly through all the requisite hoops of either insurance policy.

 
Old 06-26-2005, 08:00 PM   #8
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Re: Red Eyes

thank you both for the help. Seriousperson, I do not wear contact lenses and yes I did not feel any discomfort until later. When people started to point it out I didn't feel a thing and as time went by it gradually started to irritate me. My eyes started to feel watery and itchy and they eyes were getting more red. Some nights my eyes would be almost blood shot red! But now somedays its severe (at night) and some days my eyes feel fine but just have just a little redness. My parents are insured with Kaiser...the reason why I went to my university's clinic rather than Kaiser was because of the wait. At my schools clinic its not busy and I can get checked on the spot rather than making an apt. But yeah these eyes are really killing me...I can't go out anywhere...usually whenever I go out it starts to irritate me and turn real red...I can't even talk to people, because I get embarressed...Again thanks a lot for the help and I hope you guys have a great day. Oh yeah, the optomotrist told me that I have an eye virus and that it would go away in a week or so..he explained to me that the virus is like a cold/flu, but in the eyes...do you guys have any information on that?

 
Old 06-28-2005, 11:42 AM   #9
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Re: Red Eyes

I had Kaiser 4 years ago. I think you do have to see an optometrist first, and then he/she has to refer you to an ophthalmologist. But maybe they would take a reference from the non-Kaiser optometrist.
Kaiser always took us right away, but that was in Sacramento.
Regardless, please make an appointment with an ophthalmologist asap.

 
Old 06-28-2005, 12:40 PM   #10
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Re: Red Eyes

I too have suffered constant red eyes. Been to specialists, the whole bit and not happy. I've started using purified, sea water..must be purified, with great results. Couple of other things....unless its totally natural, don't put any of those so called anti-wrinkle, anti-eye puffiness ointments anywhere near your eyes, as most of them contributed to my red eyes. Slices of cucumber are still the best thing. Hot wet compresses also relieve the pain. Lastly, take plenty of vitamin C and E....good luck

 
Old 06-28-2005, 01:00 PM   #11
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Hello everyone! I would like to thank you all for the help. I just got back from the ophthalmologist and he prescribed me a medication called "Alocril." According to him I am suffering from "Allergic conjunctivitis." He said the medication will work with 5-7 days. I hope it works. Again thanks for the help!

 
Old 06-28-2005, 04:21 PM   #12
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Re: Red Eyes

Glad you got your eyes checked and found it is allergy instead of dry eyes.

Word of warning, years ago and maybe now, doctors would prescribe steroid eye drops for allergy eyes. Steroids can cause serious eye damage.

I looked up the drops you were prescribed but not sure if it is a steroid or not. Be sure and ask your pharmacist whether it is a steroid.

 
Old 06-28-2005, 04:43 PM   #13
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Marie thank you for the advice about the steroids...I tried checking myself, but could not find out if the drops were a steroid...but the opthamologist gave me the address to a site which explained my condition and according to the site, "If the symptoms are severe and the treatment is ineffective, mild steroid eye drops may be temporarily prescribed to reduce the allergic response. Eventually, mast-cell stabilizer eye drops may be substituted for the steroid drops. Mast-cell stabilizers prevent the release of histamines and other mediators of inflammation which ultimately cause the itching. Patients whose symptoms can only be controlled with ongoing steroid use must be monitored for increased eye pressure and cataracts." http://www.eyemdlink.com/Condition.asp?ConditionID=481 I am only taking this medication temporarily for about 2-3 months. I hope nothing happens

 
Old 06-30-2005, 12:23 PM   #14
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I just want to let you guys in on an update on my condition. Well this stuff is working excellent! I've been on it for 3days and I don't feel any irritation in my eyes and the redness is gone!

 
Old 06-30-2005, 01:34 PM   #15
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Re: Red Eyes

So glad the med is working for you.

Since it is from allergy, you may want to think about what new/different things you have in your enviroment that may be an allergen to you.

Any new pets? New car? New carpet? New mattress? New after shave or other? New plants? New/different laundry soap (yes, pulling clothes over head might contaminate eyes or just having it in close proximity might, more far fetched but possible). New cleaners? Moved to new area?

Think, think, you might find the cause and avoid another session of red eyes.

 
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