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Do you have dry eyes?
« on: July 24, 2010, 07:05:36 PM »
Do you have dry eyes?    

Do your eyelids make a noise when you open them in the morning, like mini suction cups being pulled from your eyeballs?

Is it absolutely impossible to use them then (even to look at the alarm clock) without first putting in drops?

Do you avoid light (especially sunlight) because your eyes sting and ache when exposed to it?

Do you avoid wind, fans, and any other form of moving air because your eyes can't stand it?

Can you sometimes hear yourself blink?

Do you ever feel friction on the surface of your eye when you blink - for lack of lubrication?

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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010, 07:16:58 PM »
My eyelids don't make a noise, but I can play you a tune with my nasolacrimal duct....just like a bagpipe.

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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2010, 05:57:35 AM »
I have to do a few min of Reiki on my eyes every morning before they will open.
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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2010, 06:48:48 AM »
    Ive never "heard"my eyes open or the likes of it, but every morning, for some months now,
     I wake up with my right eye feeling as tho it has been squashed during the night,

    It is blurred and feels a tad uncomfortable, I splash warm water over my eyes straight away
             then it starts to unfold  and I can start to focus again.


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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2010, 06:55:12 AM »
Mine are like suction cups most days, but their not musical, darn it! :D  At least it would be a bit "interesting". ;)

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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010, 12:23:42 PM »
I don't have the suction cup feeling, but they get very gritty in the morning. Sometimes when I rub my eye, it makes a squeaky-squishy sound from being so dry and I definitely avoid fans and move ac vents in the car.


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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2010, 01:05:13 PM »
My eyelids are so noisy!  Even when I am awake, they're so loud!

I complained about it, and my mom and dad said their eyes do the same thing . . . they both have allergies, so I think that's contributing.

I'm so sensitive about it, that I think I'm hearing them louder than they are.


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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2010, 02:40:23 PM »
I can answer yes to all those eye questions.  Prior to having Sjogrens diagnosis, I had Lasik which really devestated my eyes from that point on.  Not sure when the Sjs started.  My rheumy thinks maybe about the time of the Lasik 10 years ago.  The noise reminds me of a piggy squealing.


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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2010, 03:07:35 PM »
Yes to most of the noises (that I have noticed) as yet.   I also lack the ability to rid myself of all those hormonal and/or stress tears thru crying. 
Like most of the rest of dry eye sufferers, the night time and morning routines are beginning to be time consuming.  Last night I actually got into bed and rolled over when I realized I hadn't put in my ointment and thought...oh, just this one night...but got up and did is anyway. 

That was the one thing I noticed when trying out the lacriserts...when I awoke in the morning I could actually open my eyes and enjoy the morning.  None of that sticky, gooey, don't want to open my eyes this AM so will roll over far a few minutes more.  Sure do miss those mornings.


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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2010, 04:52:27 PM »
My eyes feel dry in the morning - but they don't make any noise or have trouble opening them.

I take 2 dry eye relief capsules right before going to bed, and take 2 in the morning before I get up- sleep for 3- more minutes or 1 hour.  Get up and no dry eyes. 

Popping noise - oh my, the eyes must be really dry.

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Re: Do you have dry eyes?
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2010, 05:04:38 PM »
Not as dry as I did have for 20 yrs. prior to 1995... ;D  In 2000 had outer layer of eyes peeled and new epitheliums grew. Had to wait 5 years for FDA to approve procedure to peel outer layer of eyes.

Have been very careful with my new epitheliums and they continue to be abrasions! :D Wear goggle sunglasses when outside or inside when much air movement.

In 2009 had cataracts removed in both eyes and Crystalens were put in. What are Crystalens? They are hinged lens that will allow me to see close, medium, and far distance without having to wear any type eye glasses.  Continue to wear sunglasses.

Live in rural area BUT when got to John Hopkins in 1995 and was diagnosed by OPTOMOLOGIST with severe corneal abrasions with even some craters.  AND, YES SJOGREN'S BY LIP BIOPSY!! Was transferred to Duke Univ. Med. Ctr. to the eye center there to a young Dr. Carlson that had studied under JH Optomologist and also accepted to Duke's rheumy specializing in Sjogren's patient care.

In 2010, phoned Duke Eye Ctr and said my eyes were much drier. Set me an appointment and saw my corneal specialist that had done both surgeries and he plugged the bottom eyelids after rheumy conferred with him that he was RX-ing Salagen for me.

Certainly helps me to 'turn the other cheek' to the question, What do you have? Never heard of that...SJOGRENS. :-\

I love living where I do and especially enjoy being married to a country boy!! He certainly is a SPECIAL KEEPER... :)

Hear his truck entering the lower garage... Off to 'bend his ear' some!   He just peeped in to say he is going to pick some fresh apples off one of our trees.  Believe I'll go with him!!!   Catch you later,  Joy

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