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Vigamox is a great antibiotic. Was the person who prescribed it an ophthalmologist, optometrist or a regular MD?
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the doctor was an ophthalmologist. He examined me carefully but I'm not sure that it was an infection. My systems were and are drainage from eyes., extreme sensitivity to light, some redness.
Could it be something other than an eye infection?
Ok. If the vigamox helped for a little bit I wonder if your probem is more of a combination thing
Many times problems like yours are a combination of mild allergies, dry eyes and, most of all, blepharitis. A busy ophthalmologist might just try throwing the "nuclear weapon" of a vigamox sample at the problem and hope for the best.
I think you should try this treatment for a few weeks; here is a "handout" on it:
When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, then temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta.
Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk.
The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on you eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.
Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.
Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.
Wnen I went back for a second time checkup he told me to use the same thing again. Could I be allergic to something like smoke and if so how can I find out?I don't have a problem with tear production. as a matter of fact that's part of the problem. The light from the sun makes my eyes water profusly and I can't see well to drive.
This doesn't make sense when you look at the face of it, but when your eyes are dry the water more....this is because you are not making the amount of baseline, soothing tears you need and so your "flushing tear system" comes into play from the irritation and your eyes water a lot. This is where using the soothing natural tears frequently and doing the lid scrubs to get your meibomium glands back online comes into play
I'll try you advice but I need to print it out and I couldn't when I tried. How can I get a copy of your advice?
highlight the data, hit copy and then paste it into a word processing program such as MS word
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