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One chronically dry/stinging eye

Discussion in 'Other Symptoms' started by InitialConditions, May 12, 2020.

  1. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    North-West England
    It is driving me mad. It has driven me mad for years. I am certain something is disrupting the lipid layer in my right eye, and I have a feeling it is something on the inside corner of my upper eyelid, though I don't have any proof apart from how it subjectively feels. I don't think this is a 'you've just got dry eyes' problem.

    Anyone experienced anything similar?
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  2. lunarainbows

    lunarainbows Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Yes but both eyes, really dry and stinging and hurting

    tried lots of things for a long time, really Suffered with it for years.

    Now it’s so much better because I started using specialist eye drops for dry eyes (not usual OTC ones), as well as an eye spray for my eyelids - seems like it didn’t make sense but helped so much.


    However worth getting an optician And doctor check up if you can make it, to make sure it’s not anything else. They can check eyelids and eyes.

    But for me it was very dry & allergic/irritated eyes and these helped hugely.
  3. Arnie Pye

    Arnie Pye Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    You could have this :


    Two people in my family have had very visible lumps developing on the underside of their upper eyelids. They were caused by blocked meibomian glands and both of them had treatment to unblock the glands. One of the sufferers is my husband. He follows the same advice for his eye care as is given for blepharitis.

    He follows most of the advice in this video :

    alternating between the use of a hot eye compress as shown in the video and a flannel in quite hot water.

    The eyelid wipes advertised in the video aren't good value for money, so my OH doesn't use them. Instead he uses cotton buds and eye makeup pads with Blephagel or Blephasol which are easily sourced on Amazon or in many pharmacies. The Amazon reviews for Blephagel and Blephasol are actually a surprisingly good source for advice on how to care for dry eyes.
  4. Lilas

    Lilas Established Member (Voting Rights)

    I had a similar problem that I am currently "controlling". Only with the right eye, recurrent and painful inflammatory redness for several months. My optometrist diagnosed me with conjunctivitis (right eye only! And extreme dry eye), antibiotic and corticosteroid drops finally healed him. But ... shortly after, it started again. I am therefore condemned to use 2 times a day, more if necessary, "Systane ultra". I suspect either a recurrent infection or inflammation ... Ps: no allergies since antihistamine drops did nothing

    Good luck !

    (Sorry for spelling mistakes, I speak French)
  5. Forbin

    Forbin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    If you wear contacts and your eyes dry out, the less pliable contact lenses can cause friction with the conjunctiva surrounding the eye, leading to GPC (giant papillary conjunctivitis). This can be really quite painful, even to the point of preventing sleep, and it takes quite a while to heal. I learned this the hard way when I used a small fan to blow air in my face while using my computer during a hot summer spell years ago. In my case, I began to notice increasing light sensitivity before it became painful. I may have been given antibiotic eye drops, but I remember the main advice was to use moistening eye drops (like Thera-Tears) "everytime you think of it."
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  6. Mithriel

    Mithriel Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    The place to go for information is here


    Rebecca Petris who runs this has become well respected for her advocacy. She believes that patients are a resource for medics and has helped develop modern strategies for treating dry eye. There is everything you need to know about what works best and reviews of how helpful treatments can be.

    I was almost blind and terrified of nighttime because of recurrent corneal erosions, waking up with a scream as it felt like chillies being rubbed in my eyes 2 or 3 times a night. The information I got finally gave me the courage to get a referral to a consultant. He was very understanding (I might have just been lucky) and used the site himself so we could work to the best way to treat me.

    It has been 10 years and I have to baby my eyes all the way but I only get a mild erosion once or twice a week and most of the dead spots in my eyes have healed.

    Dry eye is like chronic fatigue, means lots of different things and is very common. Ocular surface disease is what is used now to try to give it the importance it deserves and to acknowledge the many different things that can go wrong in this immensely complicated system.

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