hi - i've had the following symptoms for six months. it started with dry eyes
- had to remove my daily disposable contract lenses
after 6 hours - eyes were very irritated.
After one month, i reduced contact lens
wear to once a week. No improvement in symptoms - worsening - have white, stringy discharge and severe burning. Stopped wearing lenses.
Its now been 6 months - i have itchy eyelids, constant foreign body sensation in my eyes, redness, dryness
and cannot at sleep at night because they are so irritated. when i wake up my eyes are stuck together. i am a female of 29 years and this has made me very depressed and suicidal. My eyes are always watering and look red - people think I am crying.
I was taking amitriptyline and an oral contraceptive with anti-androgen for two years - i didnt have any problem - i stopped both medicinces as soon as my eyes began to change.
for the last 18 months I was using anti redness eyedrops which contain benzalkonium chloride. I stopped using eye drops with a preservatives for 5 months. i though this will make my eyes heal.
I saw my optometrist
- she said use allergy eye drops - i used sodium cromoglycate for two weeks no relief.
I've used lid scrubs, hot compresses, omega 3
and tetracycline oral antibiotic.
one further piece of information - i',m not using any new cosmetics/perfumes/cleanser/new diet etc.
for 18 months i was using a halogen lamp very close to my face (4cms away from eyes), one hour daily for cosmetic application - i didnt know that these lamps emit uv radiation. i've stopped the lamp.
do you think the lamp and medication have caused my severe dry eyes and that my eye eyes will heal over time? I'm in continuous discomfort ( lubricating drops make my eyes feel tight) and i dont look attractive ( i need to find a husband!).
Please help me
thank you in advance
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