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itchy, watery, swollen, pain.....

 

Awful.  It gets so bad sometimes I have a hard time functioning.  I'm just beyond miserable at the moment and I can't believe nothing can be done. 

 

Ugh...I'm using allergy drops (prescription).  I found some pain relieving drops and am trying those.  That felt good for about 20 minutes.  It says to only use those 4x a day though. 

 

Just wish there was something else.  I haven't worn my contacts in weeks.  Which sucks because I HATE my glasses.  They hurt my face and I don't see as well out of them (it's like walking around with 2 magnifying glasses strapped to your face). 

 

I needed to whine....

 

 

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Are you taking Allegra too?  That usually helps me when I'm like that.  I also have ocular rosacea, which means that I have goopy eyes in general.  I use hot compresses for that daily, and every once in a while when it gets really bad I take a two week dose of oral antibiotics, which settles it down for reasons that are not clear to me.  At night you might want to try refresh PM ointment.

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refresh optive....no preservative to irritate your eyes

 

and good sleep...

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Are you taking Allegra too?  That usually helps me when I'm like that.  I also have ocular rosacea, which means that I have goopy eyes in general.  I use hot compresses for that daily, and every once in a while when it gets really bad I take a two week dose of oral antibiotics, which settles it down for reasons that are not clear to me.  At night you might want to try refresh PM ointment.

 

Singulair, Flonase, and Xyzal

 

I've got all the different types of allergy meds covered.

 

and Benadryl when desperate...

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refresh optive....no preservative to irritate your eyes

 

and good sleep...

 

I get plenty of good sleep (8-10 hours every single day)

 

Tried Optive...did nothing.

 

Currently bought Clear Eyes Complete 7 symptom relief.  It was good for about 20 minutes.

 

*sigh*

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My middle son had blepharitis (inflammation of the sebaceous glands along the eyelashes). He would complain of pain and itching, especially with reading. What helped him was to wash his eyes with  Johnson's Baby shampoo. It truly is no-tear, didn't sting at all. We would wash it gently once or twice a day (twice to start, then once) and then use a dry eye drop.

 

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Oh yes. Between dry eye (age and hypothyroidism), allergies and probably needing new glasses I don’t see well a lot of the time. It’s so bad I’ve thought about posting an apology-in-advance for any and all typos. I can’t see ‘em! At this moment my eyes are so watery and blurry it’s like being under water.

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During allergy season I feel like I'm going to gouge my eyes out by rubbing too hard. The problem with allergy drops is they dry your eyes and I already use prescription drops (restasis) for dry eye syndrome. I bought some of those eyelid cleaning wipes and that sometimes helps. I take generic Zyrtec daily and use Flonase at night during the season.

 

When I got my current contacts my eye doctor told me they would actually help my dry eyes feel better. I was skeptical because I've always had trouble with contacts when my eyes are dry and/or it's allergy season. I've been pleasantly surprised though. These lenses are amazing. I didn't want to get dailies because it felt like a waste, but they've actually made my eyes feel better even when I'm not wearing them. 

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Hubby and oldest dd have uvetis and need prescription drops to help. I get filmentary keratitus and need my cornea scraped once in a while. Have you been seen by a proper ophthalmologist to rule out any non-allergy possibilities?

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During allergy season I feel like I'm going to gouge my eyes out by rubbing too hard. The problem with allergy drops is they dry your eyes and I already use prescription drops (restasis) for dry eye syndrome. I bought some of those eyelid cleaning wipes and that sometimes helps. I take generic Zyrtec daily and use Flonase at night during the season.

 

When I got my current contacts my eye doctor told me they would actually help my dry eyes feel better. I was skeptical because I've always had trouble with contacts when my eyes are dry and/or it's allergy season. I've been pleasantly surprised though. These lenses are amazing. I didn't want to get dailies because it felt like a waste, but they've actually made my eyes feel better even when I'm not wearing them. 

 

Unfortunately, they don't make these in my prescription.

 

I actually don't think my contacts make it worse.  If anything better.  Oddly it does.  But it's not great so I keep thinking maybe I need to not wear them awhile...I notice no improvement with not wearing them.

 

So I go back and forth with that...

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Yes!! I’ve worn contacts since 6th grade. I’ve gradually had to cut back on wearing them over the last year and recently had to stop altogether because my eyes get extremely irritated after just a few minutes of use. It’s so bad that I’ve needed two rounds of steroid eye drops to clear things up. It’s not worth the misery!

 

I’m now using the preservative-free eye drops for my dry eyes and will ask about the daily lenses at my next eye appointment — and if they’re not an option, I might consider LASIK.

 

 

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Are you sure it’s allergy related? DH gets occasional bouts of iritis and has to take steroid drops when it flares up.

 

 

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Are you sure it’s allergy related? DH gets occasional bouts of iritis and has to take steroid drops when it flares up.

 

 

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My watery, uncomfortable eyes resulted from a thyroid condition called Grave's Disease. My eyes weren't bulging like can sometimes happen with Graves, but I definitely had the dryness which caused the watery eyes. It improved in a big way once I went on thyroid meds. I also use Refresh Advanced Optive drops and those help a lot.

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My eyes are that way too--from squinting (and allergies) so much. However, presumably, my surgery (for both cataracts and glaucoma) tomorrow should help! But, the eyedrops I have to use for a month are miserable--they HURT!

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Are you seeing an ophthalmologist? I agree with PPs that it is time to look at other possible causes.  

 

I went three times.  They just said it's allergies.

 

I'm also seeing an allergist.

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Are you sure it’s allergy related? DH gets occasional bouts of iritis and has to take steroid drops when it flares up.

 

 

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I was on steroid drops for a bit, but they told me they cannot give them to me long term because they can cause glaucoma.  I can't say they were all that magical though.

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I went three times.  They just said it's allergies.

 

I'm also seeing an allergist.

I thought so, but I wasn't sure. 

 

How confident are you in the diagnosis? Have you had a full physical with your primary care recently?

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I thought so, but I wasn't sure.

 

How confident are you in the diagnosis? Have you had a full physical with your primary care recently?

Not to beat a dead horse, and I think I may have asked this before, but you've seen an ophthalmologist as opposed to an optometrist, right? Have they assured you there's no corneal damage?

 

If so, you might want to look for a blepharitis specialist. Perhaps a university hospital clinic. Everything you describe, right down to the part about things feeling better with contact lens, sounds like anterior blepharitis.

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I thought so, but I wasn't sure. 

 

How confident are you in the diagnosis? Have you had a full physical with your primary care recently?

 

Yes, full physical very recently. 

 

I'm still not convinced, but they did a lot of testing and could not find anything.  I don't even want to go to another ophthalmologist at this point because the testing felt grueling under the circumstances. 

 

Allergy testing DID reveal I'm allergic to a lot of stuff.  So allergy doesn't seem totally crazy. I just can't believe it's that bad!

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Not to beat a dead horse, and I think I may have asked this before, but you've seen an ophthalmologist as opposed to an optometrist, right? Have they assured you there's no corneal damage?

 

If so, you might want to look for a blepharitis specialist. Perhaps a university hospital clinic. Everything you describe, right down to the part about things feeling better with contact lens, sounds like anterior blepharitis.

 

No no this was an ophthalmologist.  A very large practice with several doctors and specialists and equipment and testing methods... They tested me for dry eye too.  I didn't test positive for that.

 

Looking up blepharitis, the treatment would essentially be the same as what they have already done. 

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This only happens to me when I take too much antihistamine.  If you don't have blood pressure issues, try gatorade or powerade or powerade zero. The electrolytes will help your eyes (and the rest of your body) get rehydrated. If you do have blood pressure issues, try to push water.  Maybe a gallon and a half the first 24 hours, and a gallon per day after that.

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This only happens to me when I take too much antihistamine.  If you don't have blood pressure issues, try gatorade or powerade or powerade zero. The electrolytes will help your eyes (and the rest of your body) get rehydrated. If you do have blood pressure issues, try to push water.  Maybe a gallon and a half the first 24 hours, and a gallon per day after that.

 

Yeah my reflux would be very angry with me if I drank all that.  LOL

 

I am hopeful that just cutting out some of the allergy meds will make a difference.  If it isn't helping anyway then why bother with so many of them?

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Powerade zero has no sugar, so it might not aggravate your reflux.  Also, reflux can be triggered by dehydration.   Water might help that too.  Just slowly sip throughout the day.

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Looking up blepharitis, the treatment would essentially be the same as what they have already done.

A round of doxycycline? Cliradex wipes or something topical to treat the possibility of excess demodex mites?

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Hugs. You have my sympathy. My eyes have sun damage so the tears can't spread. Eye drops sort of do nothing. It results in my eyes constantly being dry and "sore" like I haven't slept in days all the time.

 

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Are you taking Allegra too?  That usually helps me when I'm like that.  I also have ocular rosacea, which means that I have goopy eyes in general.  I use hot compresses for that daily, and every once in a while when it gets really bad I take a two week dose of oral antibiotics, which settles it down for reasons that are not clear to me.  At night you might want to try refresh PM ointment.

 

:iagree:   I have the same ocular rosacea as well as blepharitis,and hot compresses are good for clearing the tear ducts. It needs to be done frequently and for up to 15 minutes if things get really bad. It's hard to be patient through the process, but it does work and it's free! 

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I don't have any personal experience, but my mom has a lot of eye issues from several surgeries as a child. She rinses her eyes with salt water on a regular basis and has had some success with colloidal silver eye drops.

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