The follwing is a letter I wrote to my doctor describing the problem in detail:
Dear Dr. Phandya,
I have a combination of problems in
, I think. They are irritated constantly and itch quite a bit. But the
biggest problem to me (which is probably quite superficial and silly) is that they usually, almost always actually, have this yellowish/brown tinge. The
yellowish/brown tinge varies in
intensity, sometimes it is absolutely terrible and brown
(and I’m talking about the
part that’s supposed to be white, the
cornea area) and then sometimes it looks fairly normal, just a little dull and glazed.
When I was younger, I always had itchy, red eyes
and was given drops to use,but as a child I didn’t like putting drops, didn’t care what color my eyes
were and didn’t really mind the
itching and burning, at least not as much as I minded putting dreaded eye drops.
Now, however, I’m putting in
eye drops around 4 times a day (I’ve gotten over my dislike of them, I’ve had to.)
When I went by the
eye doctor in California he said that the
discoloration was due to allergies and prescribed a drop called FML (fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension, which I was to put for 3 days and then stop. It worked somewhat but only for a few hours after application. Since I had been told that allergies were the
root of my problem I proceded to try several other allergy medicines:
Naphcon A- Works for about 4 hrs, sometimes
Visine A- Works sometimes, for varying time periods
Visine- Not an allergy medicine, just a vessel constrictor. Provides most whitening but I try not to use too frequently for fear of capillaries becoming
dependant on it.
Visine tears- Also not an allergy medicine, but I thought, or rather I read that a lubricant
might help. Doesn’t really work.
I am a little concerned because sometimes when I put a lot of drops my eyeballs…ache?
It was also suggested that what I have is just pigmentation, but if it were just that then my eyes
wouldn’t become clear/normal for a couple hours on use of drops.
Also,when I raise my eyelid slightly the
part that is usually covered is pretty white and normal, aside from some spots
which I’ve been told is normal.
On close inspection with a magnifying mirror and a light my eyes
appear to be XXXXX, XXXXXght and normal, except that there are a lot of very fine capillaries clumped together creating a meshy-thing, like a red brown
tint, kind of like on a car window that gives it the
For several years now I've had people ask me if I was crying or what's wrong with my eyes, etc,
but it never really bugged me. Now it does, it seems like it has gotten worse, or maybe I am more sensitive to it. I really can’t stand people assuming I’m a druggie etc and I’ve developed a sort of complex about it..I don’t like people looking me in the eye because I feel like they’re all noticing and I feel awkward/bad.
One more thing. I have done liver tests as I was told that liver issues can cause eye discoloration (basically jaundice) but nothing is wrong according to SEVERAL tests over about 3 years. I have also taken cleans ing tablets given to me by a herbalist for it but it had no effect.
Advice, suggestions, comments, anything?
Thanks and please help