2-3 times a month I jolt awake to a sensation akin to a shard of glass in one of my eyes. The affected eye becomes almost torrential in the tearing
up and the sinus cavities around it build in pressure and that half of my nose runs uncontrollably. Exedrops and using eye wash with an eyecup can provide a few moments of pain reduction as can manually holding the upper lid away from my eye but the pain reoccurred within a few blinks. It hurts for my eye to be open and hurts for it to close. This persists for several hours to several days then vanishes. Once the pain is gone I have 2-3 days of my eye feeling dry while constantly being watery and my vision is blurred until the watering stops. My doctor says it's nothing. Suggested perhaps it might be dust falling from the cabinet over my bed. I have erected a tent on my mattress but the problem persists and happens even when I am not in my home.
I recently had an insurance physical with an independent reviewer. When they had me look at an eye chart with my glasses
on (nearsighted) my left eye, which is most frequently affected, was unable to read below the 3rd line. These glasses are only a year old and on acquisition gave me 20/20 inboth eyes. My right eye did better but also did not perform as well as expected. My doctor remains unconcerned.
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Have you been having any headaches?
Customer: It's been going on for close to 10 months now and yes I do develop headaches after about 15-30 min of the eye pain.
I have migraines
as an aside but this doesn't feel anything like either my cluster migraine or my more general one that stem from a decade and a half old brain trauma.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have lupus.