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I seem to have some sort of film over my eyes that will go

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I seem to have some sort of film over my eyes that will go away briefly with eye drops but returns fairly quickly (makes things blurry). It is in both eyes and has been going on periodically for the last few months (this time started a couple of days ago and I'm using a lot of eye drops to try to keep my eyes clear as much as I can). I have contacts but it doesn't seem to matter if I switch out and put in new contacts or clean the ones I'm wearing. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with "crusty" eyes sort of like with pink eye but this doesn't seem to be like pink eye.
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What kind of eye drops are you using?

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Has your eye doctor checked your contacts to make sure that the fit is OK?

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It sounds like you are suffering from an anterior segment/tear film issue. Many times, for all sorts of reasons, 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, 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.
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.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The process you describe for "lid scrubs" sounds like what I do in the shower now to remove my mascara (I don't use waterproof so I just use a mild facial cleanser and do what you describe). I'm using the rewetting drops at least 4 - 6 times a day at the moment (do I need to get a different kind of drops?). I'll add in some allergy pills and see if that helps. Between the headaches and this "film", it's hard to get my work done (work on the computer all day). About how long would you expect it to take for this to clear up if I continue the lid baths, eye drops, and start some allergy pills?

Hi Tracy,
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Use baby shampoo and scrub along your eyelashes with the edge of your soapy fingers...I think it will help.
Rewetting drops are OK but you might find an artificial tear drop, such as natural tears or bion tears (kinda pricey) to be more soothing.
It would give the scrubs about 3 weeks to work, although you should see some improvement in 4 or 5 days.
Claritin-D is a good allergy pill but whatever works best for you is fine.
Does this make sense to you?
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, that makes sense. Thank you for your help. Have a great day!

You too :-)