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Is your vision affected at all? Also, can you describe the pain more....is it sharp? Deep? Burning? Like something is in your eye etc?
Does your eye look normal in the mirror or to your friends?
My vision has not been affected. The pain is sharpe and stabbing. It seems like it's behind or to the right of my right eye.It does not burn but seems deep. It does cause me to moan and close my eye immdiately. There is no foreign object in my eye and it does not water up or show signs of bleeding. It looks normal to my wife.
Hmmm...well, it sounds like you are experiencing an anterior segment/dry eye issue. This is very common. Here is a little bit of info on this topic and, while not everything discussed may apply to you at this moment, the simple at home therapy (or should I say "during your vacation therapy" :-) should help enough to get you by until you get back home and, if needed, can consult with your ophthalmologist:
It sounds like you are suffering from an anterior segment/tear film issue. Many times, as we get older, and especially after eye surgery, the anterior surface of the eye starts to have difficulties. What can cause this? Well, there are a number of conditions but the most common are dry eyes, allergies and blepharitis....many times all three conditions act together to make you miserable. In order to solve your problem you need to address all of these issues at the same time.
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, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.
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. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.
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 your 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.
Does this make sense to you?
By the way, where are you in Florida? I have relatives who live in West Palm Beach....
Yes, I will follow your suggestions. My wife immdiately thought of detached retina. I don't have any of those symptoms. I was fearing a miny stroke. We are at the World Golf Village in St Augustine. We love it. Won't get back to Chicago for three more weeks. Thanks for your help.
I'm a retina specialist and can tell you that your symptoms are not suggestive of this issue at all....
My pleasure. Enjoy the tournament :)
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