Hello - My eyes have begun getting increasingly red, starting about a year ago.
There is no pain, itchiness
, swelling, discharge or blurred vision - just the redness. I have slight rosacea on my face and have recently learned that there is such a thing as rosacea of the eye, which should be treated quickly before it worsens. I've also heard that untreated uveitis
can do major damage if left untreated. I also
had a full thyroidectomy in late 2005 and have been on a high, 200mcg daily cancer suppressive dose of Synthroid ever since, simulating hypothyroidism as a hedge against cancer regrowth. Even though I know natural hypothyroidism can cause Grave's disease, with redness of the eye, (with or without bulging), I don't know if artificially-induced hypothyroidism can do the same - - - I've had no eye redness presenting until last year, 2010 - so I'm wondering if my high dose of Synthroid is cumulatively damaging to my eyes, in a way similar to Grave's disease. I'm also having a difficult peri-menopause. I'm almost 53 yrs. old and my hormones are fluctuating a lot. Hot flashes are terrible, but have subsided sporadically whenever my body resumes menstruation, every 3 to 5 months. Between the hot flashes and the high Synthroid, my blood pressure fluxuates between normal and stage 1 hypertension every day - high in the morning, then fluxuates between normal and med. high the rest of the day. It may be that my during-sleep bp is even further off, (too high or too low, as per AION or NAION possibly occuring while I sleep). I also have untreated sleep apnea which could greatly contribute to AION or NAION, if either are present in my case. To try to improve my apnea and my overall health, I've been losing weight, very healthfully, (lemon juice and water detox for 2 hours each morning, then normal meals the rest of the day. Do balanced cardio/strength training and take nature walks 2 days on, 1 day recovery). Have gone down from 240lbs to 225lbs in 6 weeks - (my frame is 5'8" tall - fine-boned). Because I'm losing weight, even though slowly and healthfully, I'm wondering if the slow, mild lemon juice and water detox I do each morning, specifically, and/or the weight loss, in general, could be causing toxins to be released for removal so quickly that my liver is stressed - or that parasites might be experiencing a die-off or a migration. (Even though my eyes began getting red a year ago, they've gotten worse faster since I began eating more healthfully and losing weight slowly and safely!!) There's also the possibility that my improperly metabolized estrogen is clogging my liver. I know that the rosacea, sleep apnea, occassinally medium high blood pressure and the high Synthroid dose might also play a role in my eyes becoming redder by the day - but I'd like to know which of these many potential causes, in your opinion, is the most reponsible for my eye redness? Looking forward to your answer, thanks - Sarah, Los Angeles