Dry Eyes Please Define

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by pat460, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. pat460

    pat460 New Member

    Hey All,

    I hope this isn't a stupid question, and I saw AngelaG's post and wanted to ask her, however I've gotten so afraid to reply with a question on others posts. I definitely don't want to mistakenly "hijack" anyone else threads.

    Anyway, my question is, what do dry eyes feel like? My eyes burn, water, and itch. Putting a cold wet cloth over them is the only thing that helps. Watching TV, working on the computer, and especially reading makes it worse. They often start bothering me as soon as I get out of bed. Does dry eye have these symptoms or something different?

    Thankyou, pat460
  2. GranmaBB

    GranmaBB New Member

    My eyes were so bad that I asked my ophthalmologist about it.
    He wants me to use any over the counter eye drops that are "tears". He recommends I use them 3 or 4 times a day at least. It can't hurt to use a lot.
    It does sound like allergies to me too.
    Hope this helps.
  3. Hope4Sofia

    Hope4Sofia New Member

    I have dry eyes. They feel gritty like I have sand in them. I always keep eye drops by my bed to lubricate my eyes as soon as I wake up - otherwise it's painful to open my eyes.

    It's fairly common with FM and like illnesses.

    I also have very dry and reactive skin. Do you have any other issues with dryness.

  4. mindbender

    mindbender New Member

    The dry eyes is the new biggest craze here in NE Ohio. Now the specialist want to fix your problem.

    Eye troubles happened to me instantaneously when I was prescribed drugs with that as a side effect.

    So far even though I switched drugs, my vision has not come back.

    Not the way it was.

  5. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    I've noticed that when I have certain allergic foods, they feel gritty.

    Eye strain can make your eyes painful to blink too. I push my monitor as far away as possible. My new LCD monitor was the best thing!

    If a decongestant/antihistamine helps your dry eye feeling, that's a sure sign of an allergen.

    Feel free to "hijack" any thread. This is a forum, where free speech is allowed. Anger is a sign of depression and alot of us have that too, but always restain from "scapegoating" on others...but understand when others do it...just forgive and forget.
  6. mindbender

    mindbender New Member

    Have you ever welded anything without a mask?

    If you have you will know the lasting effects of staring at your PC or your TV, for hours on end.

    It's all the same to me.

    I have the same problem, but this is to hard for me to

    The dry eyes is the new biggest craze here in NE Ohio. Now the specialist want to fix your dry eyes.

    Eye troubles happened to me instantaneously when I was prescribed drugs with that as a side effect.

    So far even though I switched drugs, my vision has not come back the way it was.

    Not the way it was.
  7. pat460

    pat460 New Member

    I really appreciate all the replies! According to your descriptions, it must not be dry eye problems. But I don't think it's allergies either. All the allergy tests I've had point only towards mold allergy. Also, I don't get a stuffy or runny nose, head pressure, etc. My eyes do feel kind of gritty and they burn. It feels like severe eye strain, but also happens when I first wake up or when I haven't done anything to strain them. When I said they water, I meant they tear up when they start burning and I have to keep them closed--it's impossible to see. If there are no tears, then I want to rub them like their itchy and tired. Light makes my eyes hurt terribly. My eye doctor didn't make my glasses strong enough to help me see so maybe it is eye strain. I just couldn't figure out why it started as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning.
    I am glad that it doesn't seem to be dry eyes though so thank you all for clearing that up--one less thing to worry about.

    Oh, I did have a lyme test and it was negative. Thanks twinofdar!

    mindbender--Sorry you have such painful eye problems. I will check my meds. for side effects. Thankyou for the idea.

    hope4sophia--yes, I have dry skin, dry scalp, dry cracked heels, and if I don't use a certain type soap I get dry fingers that crack and bleed like a paper cut. Thanks.

  8. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    I have officially been diagnosed and tested for dry eyes. I can not wear contacts. I have many of the symptoms that you mentioned. Excessive tearing can be a sign of dry eyes. Of course, you could be suffering from allergies.

    An opthamologist can perform a simple test and tell if you have dry eyes. There is a prescription drug called Restasis that will help your body produce tears.

  9. suzannekart

    suzannekart New Member

    I have suffered with dry eyes all of my life. I am also sick of wearing glasses all the time.

    The last time I had my eye exam. my dr. told me he would like to try the method of putting a plug in one of the tear ducts in each eye. It helps with the problem because we all have more than one "drain" in each of our eyes. What it does is stop some of the tears you do produce from draining. You would still make tears, and some part would drain to clean eyes but some would be kept in the eye. He said he has been very successful with this treatment. Many people have then been able to wear some of the newer contacts.

    I really would like to try this. I guess I am a little chicken about it. I guess I need to learn more. It is very quickly done in the office. I am not sure of it.

    Anyone out there had it done?

    Thanks, Suzanne
  10. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    My opthamologist told me my dry eyes were not "inflammatory" dry eyes, which is what the prescription Restastis is for....mine were dry, but not caused by inflammation (I, too, get the gritty, sandy feeling). Menopause has made it all worse, even my eyelids feel extremely dry now.

    My doc recommended using the liquid tears (OTC) several times a day---I would probably be making my dry eye situation a whole lot better if I remembered to use them religiously!

    Have your regular doctor run bloodwork to check for Sjogren's syndrome, if you haven't already, a cousin to FM/CFS being that it's autoimmune, and causes dry mouth, eyes, nasal cavities. I would've sworn, though, that I had Sjogren's given my "dry" stuff, but didn't when tested. But it's worth checking out.

    Good luck---I can sympathize!

  11. HRgirl

    HRgirl New Member

    Get tested for Sjogrens Disease. It seems to go with FMS and CFS and is another auto-immune problem. Causes Dry eyes. There is treatment
  12. HRgirl

    HRgirl New Member

    Treatment for symptoms
  13. Sportponies

    Sportponies New Member

    I, too, have problems with extreme dryness and PAIN in my eyes. I use the Product "systane" eyedrops for allergies, and this helps a LOT!!
  14. pat460

    pat460 New Member

    I want to thank each and every one of you for replying. I will definitely look into all of this info. I'm sure my answer lies within your posts. I'm very appreciative.

    Sincerely, Pat

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