what is corneal erosion as I have no pain in my eyes - just irritation and redness!
I have been seeing an opthalmologist. I have never been able to use any kind of oil or creme to take my mascara off - it always irritated my eyes so I think that is why this ointment also irritated my eyes to the extent it did.
Any other ideas?
I hve tried plain mineral oil and cannot use it! I am trying the similasan eye drops which do not seem to be doing anything
thank you very much!!
how do i do that - i took a pic with my iphone - can i send it to you?
Yes...use the paperclip to attach the photos.
But I have prepared an answer for you because I did not think you were available tonight.
Here it is: ( I already sent this, but will do so again).:
Since you apparently are off-line now, and we can’t establish an active dialogue, I’ll make a few observations that may be of help.
I have been viewed your conversation with Doctor Collins, and your comments regarding your previous ophthalmic evaluation.
It is a fairly common situation that a patient who has allergic conjunctivitis may also have dry eye disease, eyelid oil gland dysfunction or blepharitis. You may have all three of these things occurring at one time, or intermittent activity of each from time to time. The dry eye syndrome in itself can give you pretty severe redness and watering. There is also the possibility that preservatives in the artificial teardrops and over-the-counter antihistamines may contribute to the overall problems you’re having with your ocular surface.
On the first encounter with a patient as you describe yourself, we typically ask that patient to discontinue all topical, ocular medications with the exception of a non-preserved tear film lubricant. You should be able to find non-preserved artificial tears in any pharmacy. We re-examine after a week or two to establish what is normal and what is not normal on the ocular surface. If we find that it is an oil gland related blepharitis, we recommend frequent application of hot compresses, cleansing of the eyelid margins and eyelashes and often use a short course of topical antibiotic ointments. If there are clear elements of dry eye syndrome, there are numerous modalities of treatment. Examples are frequent artificial tear drop (non-preserved) application, possibly the use of Restasis, and lachrymal duct occlusion. If the symptoms are more consistent with allergic causes ( by microscopic slit lamp examination we can determine the cell type reaction on the inner eyelid, and by this we can be pretty certain if there is an active allergic problem going on). If it is, we would usually treat with a short course of anti-inflammatory medication, often in the form of steroid eye drops.
The management of a problem such as yours can usually get the eyelids and conjunctiva back into good shape in a few weeks.
So until you can have another evaluation, and have established a treatment plan, I would recommend limiting your self treatment to non-preserved artificial tears used very frequently. Also, I would encourage you to be persistent in working with an ophthalmologist to get this problem under control.
I hope this has been helpful and useful information. And I’d like to wish you the best of luck in getting your eyes straightened out.
I will look for another opthalmologist - don't know if I will be able to find one who specializes in this but apparently the doctor I have been going to fr the past 6 years has not been helping me so i will look for another.
thank you for your help - at least it points me in the right direction!