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I keep getting a film over my eyes that makes my vision

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I keep getting a film over my eyes that makes my vision blurry. Happens more in my right than my left. What causes this?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Have you been having any headaches?

About 3 months now. Yes, some headaches when I wake in the morning.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I also have little black spots that I see. Also an irregular floating circle. All in my right eye. Just have to keep reminding myself that the black spots are not bugs.
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Well It sounds like you have a couple of things going on. First is allergies, second dry eyes and third blepharitis.

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 and the use of a medication called restasis to improve your 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. If this does not give relief then your eyelid opening can be made smaller with surgery (lateral Tarsorrhaphy).

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 is 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.

I understand that this treatment seems a bit "too low tech" to be of value, but after 2 decades of clinical practice, I can assure you (even from personal experience :) that it does, indeed, work.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Is it possible to have the dry eye you speak of when I am very emotional and tend to cry daily. The tears flow very easily. Sometimes it is just something not going right at work. My eyes are always tearing up. Wiping tears on a daily basis. Is it possible to have too many tears?

yes. Crying and dry eye is two completely different things.....

Tears do not lubricate your eyes..they are designed to flush foreign bodies off of your eyeball.

Yes, you can have too many tears but that is a different thing then what we have discussed here.

I wish you the very best.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Thank you.

My pleasure :)

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