what exactly do you mean by "aggresive discomfort in the eye every day for five months now" ? What is your age?
at your age, temporal arteritis is still a concern. The sedimantation rate that we order for TA is not always correct. If the symptoms are there, sometimes it is a good idea to see a rheumatologist so he can further assess your physical findings to see if you need a biopsy of the temporal artery to prove whether or not arteritis exists. This may be an important first step. Obviously, you may also be more light sensitive than the average person since you had a lens replacement and the new lens is much brighter. Perhaps just get a bifocal with a very light tint to see if it improves your symptoms, this would be worn most of the time. Besides this, I cant think of anything else to pursue. Obviously, I would make sure your eye has no inflammation whatsoever, and your doc should have told you if there was any. I wish youthe best, XXXXX XXXXX
the test for temporal arteritis that is done via blood is a non-specific test that simply checks the amount of inflammation in the body. It can be wrong in 5% of patients. I have had folks who have temporal arteritis where both the sed rate and c-reactove protein were normal. There were other symptoms, such as lingering headache, eye pain, pain when chewing foods for an extended period of time, mild fevers / chills, malaise, mild weight loss, some weakness in standing up from a chair (this is more chronic). If you have none of those symptoms (besides the eye discomfort) it is pretty reassuring that you dont have TA. Regards