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My vision of the right eye started to blur and after a month

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My vision of the right eye started to blur and after a month my vision amost completely blurred. Now i'm facing the same situation with my left eye. It gets really itchy and my vision is blurry day by day. I use my laptop a lot and after using laptops for couple of hours i feel my eyes get worse. When i wake up in the morning it's not as bad but as i start using laptop or even mobile phone it starts to get worse. What should i do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

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 (sounds like you are getting some treatment for this already) 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.

Dr. Rick :

Even though you are not "older" lol!, nor would I have expected you to have had eye surgery, I think that by addressing these issues you will find that thing will get better. How do you do this? Well.....

Dr. Rick :

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.

Dr. Rick :

As a retina specialist I do not believe, from what you have told me, that your retina has anything to do with your problems. That being said, a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist (eye MD), and not an optometrist, should rule out any serious problems if the above home treatment doesn't help.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Dr. Rick :

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
why does it keep getting worse every time i watch tv or use laptop or even mobile phone for long?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Because you don't blink as much when doing those activities so your eyes dry out and things get worse. This is a very common symptom with these issues.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
my eyes especially the left eye is being awfully itchy for the last week or so and since then my eye sight is getting worse quicker. doesnt this symptom has any specific explanation?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
No. Itchy is a very non-specific symptom. The home therapy I outlined above, however, will address this.
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