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    Old 03-19-2007, 03:20 PM   #76
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    I feel so bad for you chuck. I hate that. Its so devastating when you think things are getting better and then you have an erosion. I also hate the wait at the GP. I tend to just lie at home in pain with a cold flannel until the erosion chills out a bit (or the tramadol to kick in) and then I make my way to the GP with my pirate patch on. Im a little down today as winters coming and my eye is a bit stingy. NZ weather is mild year round. but last winter my eye seemed worse. It could've been because I hadnt stareted with my BCL or maybe it was the heating. I dont know, but im nervous about his winter. Dont let it get you down chuck.

     
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    Old 03-19-2007, 07:09 PM   #77
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    Oh Chuck, I'm so sorry to hear you had another (and such a bad) erosion. It is so disheartening. I totally feel for you. I hope as I write this you are feeling at least a little better. Both my husband and I experience irritated eyes when we renovated our home and kicked up plaster dust for months. We both had to use ointment at night. It doesn't seem far fetched that dust and allergens (in your delicate state) would aggravate your condition. Again, I'm sorry to hear of your set back. We'll keep hoping for the best.

    Moshpit, keeping fingers crossed for you. Totally understand your apprehension about the weather changing...I can feel the pollen as the trees are blooming right now.

     
    Old 03-20-2007, 08:04 AM   #78
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    Chuck,
    Yes, the dust and pollen contribute to the liklihood that an erosion could occur. Try to protect you eyes; possibly wear goggles, sun glasses or other protection. Also, use plenty of artificial tears to hydrate your eyes and cleanse them. The dry air and wind can also cause irritation. With winter ending in the northern hemisphere, it should be more humid in the house. However, outdoors the trees are pollenating and the March winds are blowing.

    I am so sorry about your bad erosion. I hope you are progressing and finding some relief from the pain. One point that Mike makes that is very important, is that even when having an erosion, one can reduce the damage by keeping the eye as still as possible, lying on one's back, and allowing the cornea to heal (a top layer of cells is quickly put down) -- it takes about 20-30 minutes of keeping still. Sometimes you can feel the erosion coming on, partially, and by keeping still, you can reduce the severity to medium level rather than a severe level.

    I send you all best wishes and prayers for staying erosion free.

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    Old 03-20-2007, 09:26 AM   #79
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    Thanks for your support! It makes me feel just a bit better knowing someone else knows what your going through. It's hard to describe the misery to someone who never had this problem... I am med up on vics today, it does feel better than yesterday but still painful to daylight. I am at work with shades on today. Doc gave me a BCL to wear and will perform the debriging or puncture teatment in few weeks, he is out on vacation next week and wants to wait incase something happens while he is gone. Will keep you in the loop on how it goes and progresses. I need to find some protection glasses to fit over eye glasses that won't fog. Thanks again for your support. I am done with treatment and the false feeling that it is getting better. Each time I get another RCE its starting over again. I told the doc to do what you have to do...

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    Old 03-21-2007, 06:10 PM   #80
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    Chuck - you have our sympathies. I still hold steadfast that if you really train yourself and are totally on your guard each night to awaken eyes closed still and relaxed, you can stay erosion free. But, you must stay off your back when asleep. As per Janet's comment, when you get an erosion, immediately lay on your back and keep your eyes closed still and relaxed and drench your eyes with artificial tears (but keep them closed still and relaxed for at least 15 minutes. Continue to add artificial tears to ward off pain while keeping your eyes closed. After 15 minutes or so, gently open them and warm muro 128 ointment under warm/hot water and apply it in the lower eyelid. The Muro ointment should be almost like a gel when warmed. It should also help a lot and is good to apply in the morning even when you don't have an erosion but your eyes feel agitated.

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    Chuck,
    One point that Mike makes that is very important, is that even when having an erosion, one can reduce the damage by keeping the eye as still as possible, lying on one's back, and allowing the cornea to heal (a top layer of cells is quickly put down) -- it takes about 20-30 minutes of keeping still. Sometimes you can feel the erosion coming on, partially, and by keeping still, you can reduce the severity to medium level rather than a severe level.

    I send you all best wishes and prayers for staying erosion free.

    Janet

     
    Old 03-26-2007, 03:07 PM   #81
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    Its been a week and I still have the BCL in, eye seems good but it took a few days to rid the light sensitivity problems. I saw the doc last fri, he said to keep the BCL in unless it comes out, don't put it back in. He wants to see me again in another week again. I told him to please do (whatever) we have to get this eye healed but he needs the injured area fresh from an RCE to spot the exact area that needs treatment. He wants to do a (scrape) thing now. So far so good but I have wrote this before. Stay tuned?

     
    Old 04-09-2007, 08:13 AM   #82
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    Its been 3 weeks since my last RCE, so far so good. Still using MURO at night and fresh tears during the day. Doc said one more RCE then I will be getting the "scrape" I am also trying to sleep on my side or stomach verse the back. I have been working in major dusty environments but so far so good.

     
    Old 04-19-2007, 06:49 PM   #83
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    I have been dealing with RCE since 12/2006 after getting a thorn in my eye. I recently saw a cornea specialist and am now scheduled for a laser procedure --PTK.
    Has anyone had this treament? I would appreciate hearing about it from anyone who has experienced it. Did it work?

     
    Old 04-20-2007, 07:54 AM   #84
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    Pete, if you don't get any responses to your question you might try searching the boards for "PTK". I did that and got results and read about other peoples' experiences.

    Evie

     
    Old 04-22-2007, 07:47 AM   #85
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

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    I have been dealing with RCE since 12/2006 after getting a thorn in my eye. I recently saw a cornea specialist and am now scheduled for a laser procedure --PTK.
    Has anyone had this treament? I would appreciate hearing about it from anyone who has experienced it. Did it work?
    Evie had the right response. Search through these boards for more detailed responses about PTK. IIRC, there are about 5 of us who had PTK for RCE's and it worked for all of us.

    I had PTK 5 years ago after having RCE for a few years, and it stopped them immediately. I had a severe case, and nothing else had worked. There is some discomfort for a few days, but I found RCE discomfort to be much worse. The only side effect I've noticed is that my eyes are drier. But RCE can really make life miserable, and I didn't realize just how much of a burden it was until after I was cured.

    The bottom line is that if I ever develop severe RCE's in my other eye, I'll go straight to PTK without hesitation. If they are mild (once every 3-4 weeks), maybe I'd try to stop them with something else until they got worse.

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    Old 04-30-2007, 09:39 AM   #86
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    Re: Corneal Abrasion, BCL, RCE and Blurry Vision

    My update. Had an erosion this morning at about 1:30 am. I have been wearing a nightly contact up until a few nights before--decided to try and go without. (Not taking any medications at the moment.) Woke up and apparently tried to open my eyes but they didn't open freely and the pain was enough to awaken me. Though I didn't actually open them before putting in drops, I obviously moved my eye enough to scrape the cornea--I can see the dent in it this morning. I say it's a 3.5 out of 5 pain wise, was difficult to keep my eye still until it calmed down. My eye is sore and irritated this morning. I put a day/nite contact in this morning and it feels better. Arghh!

    Just my feeling.... my eyes are too dry to try and go withouth the contact. I'll never get any sleep for fear of painful erosions and drops every hour or two during the night will keep me from ever getting a good nights rest. It's been about 9 months since my injury...

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    Old 01-14-2008, 02:19 PM   #87
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    I am able to gently pull the lower lid down (just a little) which is enough for the the eye drop to migrate into the eye. This seems to be the best method for me at the moment.
    Evie - I actually don't pull my eyelid down at all. I simply grab the bottle and with one hand only, I just gently insert the tip into the top corner of my eye while laying on my back. The tip of the bottle gently touches my eye and I can easily squeeze the bottle and I'll feel the tears in my eyes. Try it when you are awake as an experiment to see what I mean. I think it is a lot better than trying to pull your eyelid down.

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    Old 01-16-2008, 07:35 AM   #88
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    Mike,

    thanks for the tip (NPI)! I am one of those "never touch the tip" people, so I never considered that method as an option. My way worked pretty good for me. I actually never pulled the lid very much, ever so slightly, in the corner towards the nose and it seeps right in.

    Right now I'm using that Genteal Gel out of the tube (the one without petroleum), and I'm finding I don't need any drops in the morning. We'll see how that goes... if the product continues to work this way for me I mean.

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    Old 01-16-2008, 12:05 PM   #89
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    Evie - I've heard that too about never touching the tip and I don't with my fingers. But, I've touched the tip of the bottle with my eye for years and never had a problem. I always figured that any bacteria or anything that got on the tip was already in my eye anyways and I have read that somewhere as well. Either way, I've never had a problem. Also, I think infections are most likely when one has a bad erosion and more of the eye is exposed to the air.

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