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jessica1104

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Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« on: August 13, 2010, 02:50:23 PM »
I have tested positive for SSA and have the dry mouth and dry eye.  I have both upper and lower punctals plugged and never get tear spillage, in fact, always dry.  My dr flips my eyelids and sees that there are red bumps underneath and believes the allergies are what is bothering me.  I have blepharitis and she RA and she believes I probably do have sjs but my corneas are clear.  I put in drops like 100x a day so I am going to see if she can do the Schimer test on me because my corneas may look clear because of excessive drop usage.  I don't feel like I have allergies anywhere else, does anyone else have dry eye appear to be allergies?  She put me on steroid drops which work after usage of a couple weeks but when I taper down my eyes flare up again. I like to keep my eyes closed with gel, that's the only relief...hard to live life like that!!

inga

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2010, 03:12:02 PM »
As far as I know, your corneas do not need to have lesions or be cloudy to have SjS.

PrincessLeah

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 04:38:57 PM »
I have a hard time buying that your eye problems are due to allergies alone.  But, you might have allergies that are aggravating the already dry condition.

My dad has terrible eye allergies and his eyes are always bloodshot.  He hardly ever sneezes -- but molds, spores, etc. get in his eyes and they swell up.  So they kind of look like mine, but for a different reason.  He says his eyes do feel dry a lot, but I don't think it's on the same scale as mine.  He's also a pilot and spends a lot of his time in extremely dry conditions, so he's putting in eye drops every morning because of that.

PL


inga

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010, 07:46:09 PM »
Jessica, I was on the steroid drops too, but my doc did not mention allergies, he talked about Sjogren's, or autoimmune disease.  He weaned me onto Azithromycin drops which work OK, but there are only about 10 drops in a bottle and I run out before I can refill....and it isn't as good as with steroids.  I dunno.  I got the moisture chamber glasses, drops all the time, and gel at nite, even with the steroids.  Ugh. 

No it's not allergies....and even if you have allergies....you still have Sjogren's.

Joy Cox

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010, 08:43:57 PM »
Jessica, Here's my 2 cents worth with year's of dry eye issues.  Maybe, you have caught your dry eyes early enough that you have been fortunate enough not to have corneal scarring.  Keep seeking solutions for eyes... mine went 17 yrs. before SS diagnosis and had to have outer layer of both eyes peeled and let new epitheliums grow. Not fun thing to do. :-\

Was mentioned to me by corneal specialist that if he plugged all 4 ducts I would be more prone to eye infections. Blepheritis is an eye infection and often will in time often include MGD as well.

He plugged my bottom ducts this May and diagnosed me with Meibonian Glandular Dysfunction (MGD). Think the antibiotic Igna referred to as using is same as Azite (brand name) that I used lately.  My eyes seemed much drier for short while after using the antibiotic drops.

Also, allergy med will dry eyes.

Warm, wet compresses help my eyes.  I have mentioned on earlier post about getting gel pack at Wal-Mart and warming in microwave and using with wet wash clothe. I soak my eyes for as long as 30 minutes.  One advantage of being retired!

When I get up for morning, I then wash my closed eyes with soap and warm water. Clears away all the loosened debris of bed linens and allergens.  

Last addition that has helped is pilocarpine(Salagen) 5 mg x 2 daily which was prescribed for dry mouth and feels as if it has also helped with the eyes, too.

All this added together has certainly helped the feeling of my eyes!   SOMETHING TO BE HAPPY FOR!!!!! ;)  

P.S. Keep goggle-type sunglasses on when around places that there is air movement.  Car, especially with this hot weather, and, of course, outside.  I keep my  8) hanging with my car keys along with sun visor.

Keep on keepin'  on,   Joy


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Spider

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2010, 01:41:44 PM »
Hi
I have tested positive for SSA and have the dry mouth and dry eye.  I have both upper and lower punctals plugged and never get tear spillage, in fact, always dry.  My dr flips my eyelids and sees that there are red bumps underneath and believes the allergies are what is bothering me.  I have blepharitis and she RA and she believes I probably do have sjs but my corneas are clear.  I put in drops like 100x a day so I am going to see if she can do the Schimer test on me because my corneas may look clear because of excessive drop usage.  I don't feel like I have allergies anywhere else, does anyone else have dry eye appear to be allergies?  She put me on steroid drops which work after usage of a couple weeks but when I taper down my eyes flare up again. I like to keep my eyes closed with gel, that's the only relief...hard to live life like that!!

Hi Jessica

I just wondered how your eye allergy is, as I was told that I have red bumps underneath my eyelids  which is allergy related, I have also been prescribed steroid eye drops but I haven't been brave enough to start them. I have also been told that I will have to swap after 4 weeks to an allergy eye drop that can be used long term. Did you resolve this problem.

cmclien

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2010, 03:52:34 PM »
Hi Spider

I don't know if this will help but I had red bumps under my eye-lids too, I think they were called GPC (giant papillary conjunctivitis) and the steroid drops will get rid of them so don't be afraid to use it.  I used to get them when I wore contacts, not sure if you wear them or not but it was actually an allergy to a protein that accumulated on the lenses.  In this day of disposable lenses I don't get them anymore plus I use the hydrogen peroxide cleaner.  Anyways I'm not sure what else causes it but it is an inflammation of the upper lid.

The steroid drops will also help any other inflammation going on in your eyes.  Were you prescribed restasis yet?
Cindi

Pegasus47

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2010, 07:06:46 PM »
Hi Spider:

Allergies do exacerbate dry eye symptoms.  Sounds like you have very dry eyes.  Do you think your tear secretion glands are still intact?  Are you working just a little.

I wanted to preserve whatever tear secretion glands I have and not have them destroyed over time with autoimmune disease. So opted to go natural. So far so good.

I have been on TheraLife Autoimmune Dry Eye formula for the past 6 months.  No more eye drops, it relieved my dry mouth too.

I still have mouth ulcer- maybe not as often as before.  The only drug I use is Prednisone once in a while when I have a flare.

Just thought you might want to look into it.

Pegasus

Spider

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2010, 02:13:51 AM »
Hi Pegasus,

Having had SLE diagnosis for 8 years, then in desperation after being told I had fibro in 2008, I paid to see a private Lupus specialist. It turned out my Rheumi had missed the fact that I had developed Sjogrens. I was told at the private consultation that my eyes were bone dry. I was put back on the Plaquenil as my Rheumi had refussed to put me back on it as she was convinced that it was fibro. My GP prescribed Lacri-lube at night and my optician advised Carbommer Gel. durring the day.

I then had my next appointment 2 months later with my Rheumi who just went mad that I was back on Plaquenil and refussed to disscuss my Sjogren symptoms. So now 9 months have gone by I did not go for my 8 month check up with my Rheumi. Instead I put in an official complaint about her. I hadn't considered how bad my eyes were, till my last visit to my optician who said it was allergy. As my Sjogrens is secondary I thought that it would be really mild and nothing to worry about, I think I may have missjudge this and I am now making an appointment to see my GP to ask him to refer me to an eye specialist and to talk about finding a Rheumi.

I'm not surprised that I have an eye allergy as I am already allergicto so many things.


Spider

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2010, 02:19:28 AM »
Hi Cindi

No I don't wear contact lenses I tried once about 20 years ago and they stuck to my eyeball and were really hard to get off so I never tried again.

I have to wear reaction sun glasses as I can't cope with bright light.

As far as eye moisture goes I know I can make tears when I cry, they don't water when in the wind or cutting up onions.

Everybody thank you for all your help, I just hope my GP will listen to me.

Rayven

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2010, 07:10:36 AM »
Not sure if this will help but I get those bumps under my eyelids as well.  My doc says they're like inflamed pores but they have oils in them that get hard because of the lack of moisture.  When I get one that feels like it's scratching my eye, she said to use warm compresses on the eyes (to make the oils un-gel, so to speak) and I take a course of doxycycline orally.  Of course, I still use the preservative-free drops and the gel at night.

I have lower punctal plugs.  I don't use any over the counter allergy drops. My doc says they're horrible.  He (I have 2 docs in the same practice) prescribes pataday drops if my seasonal allergies flare up.

I have a standing prescription for the doxycycline.  I don't need it that often. One course keeps me clear for a while, and I think those bumps are exacerbated by allergy season.  Within a day of starting a course and compresses, the bumps clear up.  I still take the whole course because doing otherwise is dangerous.  Last think I need is a super-bug in my eye!

Best of luck to you.

Claire the Red

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2010, 07:57:23 AM »
Hi Jessica, I have had similar problems with allergies - I had the bumps inside my eyelids, and my entire eye would swell up from time to time. When the allergies were extremely bad in the spring, I had a short steroid drop perscription and also Pataday, which others have mentioned. I only used the steroid drop for 4-5 weeks and continued with Pataday, which is like an antihistamine drop for my eyes. I can tell how helpful it was because I stopped the Pataday recently and some of the discomfort came back. I have a Restasis RX and eventually had my lower tear ducts plugged, which has been great. My eye doc said that when your eyes are dry, the allergies tend to be more uncomfortable. Hope your eye doctor can help straighten you out!

Pegasus47

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2010, 06:25:20 PM »
Jessica:
Ever tried Pentanol- it is an eye drop for allergies.  Very soothing.  You can get it at an optometrists office.

Pegasus

susu

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Re: Opthamologist says my eye pain is allergies
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2010, 06:48:40 PM »
Could the bumps be concretions?    I get those and have them removed.