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First off.....stop all the antibiotic eye drops.
You should also stop wearing your contacts until things start to feel better.
It sounds like you have a couple of things going on. First is allergies, second dry eyes and third blepharitis.
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, then temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta.
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.
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 you 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 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.
Give this treatment at least 3 or 6 weeks to kick in, and if things aren
't alot better see an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist, for a complete exam.
does this make sense to you.
thanks for the info. i've stopped the eye drops for almost 2 weeks. just using rewetting drops periodically. when my eyes water, it is normal, clear tears -- nothing thick. could i still have blepharitis?
i was planning to see an ophthalmologist, as the previous 2 doctors haven't been able to help.
Yes, very much so. This is a very common problem that all those drops and oral antibiotics your GPand optom have been giving you won't treat.
good idea :)
does the blurry vision indicate there's still a virus or is that just inflammation?
Most likely just the inflammation and the messed up tear film. Soothing natural tears, warm compresses and the lid scrubs will make things better....but it is not an instant fix.
Optometrists are like Eagle Scouts. Tops in their troup, but still unable to hold a candle to a Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps -- an Ophthalmologist ;o)
ok, i will give it a shot and try to be patient. admittedly, it will be hard, as this has been going on for quite some time. the blurry vision and the light sensitivity is difficult to live with (i'm a teacher).
i hear you. probably should have gone to the Sgt. Major first... :)
Can i still use the GenTeal gel drops? They make me a bit more comfortable.
Did you hear about the mess we are having here in Wisconsin with our Gov?
yes, those are good.
Yup....but, as a Teacher, I bet you can learn for next time....
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