I woke up in the middle of the night last night to severe pain in my eyes--like a pressure and stinging sensation, I think. It was too severe to really be able to figure out the kind of pain. The best I can do is to say that they really, really hurt.
I grabbed my eye drops (the GenTeal night ones with the disappearing preservative), but that didn't do anything. I flooded my eyes with the drops, which didn't really help at first either. After a while, I fell back to sleep. I was too sleepy to know if the pain went away or if I just crashed regardless of the pain.
When I woke up this morning, nothing was out of the ordinary. My eyes were dry, of course, but my morning dose of Restasis didn't sting much and I'm not in any pain now beyond my usual slight discomfort.
Has anyone had something similar happen? Any thoughts about how best to deal with it if it happens again? Any ideas on preventing it? I use OTC drops regularly throughout the day and before bed, use Restasis twice a day (at least 15 min. apart from regular drops), take plaquenil, and evoxac (just once a day right now, as my new insurance doesn't kick in until next month, so I'm trying to stretch my supply--that stuff is expensive!). I also take ibuprofen three times a day, including just before bed, and 3600 mg of fish oil. The only other med is levoxyl for my Hashimoto's.
Fortunately, my husband was out of town last night. I'm worried about waking him and keeping him from getting a good night's sleep, too.