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Ann Ireland
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
In London and saw an opthalmologist who put all sorts of stuff in my eyes.
He said I had mildly dry eyes although Prof. Hughes told me during last summer that the shimmer test was bone dry and I have a positive sjogrens dx.
I told him I'd hate to feel what it like to have really, really dry eyes as they are always painful and painful putting artificial tears in em.
He suggests tear duct plugs.
Anyone understand where the drying lies ie does it vary in intensity or what does this mean
Any one any info on the eye duct plugs.
xxAnn
Ann Ireland

Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) Severely Deaf, Pes Cavus, scoliolis, Hiatus hernia, diverticular disease, neuromuscular disorder, movement disorder, recently dxed as drug induced 2008 Crohns Disease 1996,Hypothyroidism 1998, Raynauds 2006, Sjogrens 2008, Lupus 2008, Chronic Muscle Myopaythy 2008, spine in very, very bad way dx 2008
Irish, not an illness!

100mcg tyroxine, 10mg Cipramil, 3mg Entocort, 30mg Tamazipam, mystatin, sudocream, neurontin 600mg, acidopolis, Vitamin B complex, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B12 injection, Nexium 40mg, Fortijuice.


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ann,

Sorry your eyes are so painful. I have moderately dry eyes and I use lubricating eye drops which really help.

I've read other posts about the plugs. The doctor insert a tiny plug in the tear ducts which prevents tears from draining. It didn't sound like a big deal at all . . . but I'll bet some of the other members here have them and might share more detail.

When I research dry eyes, I was surprised to learn that there is a gland under the upper eye lid that produces a bit a oil that mixes with our tears. W/O this oil, our eyes are irritated even with a bit a tears present. It was quite interesting.

Are you saying that the eye lubricants hurt your eyes. It was suggested to me not to use the type of drops that contact wearers use. What type of eye drops have you tried???

I'll see if I can find a topic or two about the drops and bump them up for you.

Blessings!

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Here is a link to more topics Annie girl!!

 

http://www.healingwell.com/sitesearch.aspx?cx=010904608862850737972%3Abe-6h9dblc4&q=dry+eyes+lupus&sa=Search+Site&cof=FORID%3A9#946 


In His Grip

AlwaysRosie           "We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf!!"

Psalms 139

Co-Moderator - Lupus Forum

UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)

Clickable Links:  Lupus Resources    Lupous.Org   Lupus Criteria (4 of 11)   Lupus Chapter Locator


Ann Ireland
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   Posted 7/16/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all that, it was a very good link.

Am so worried about losing eye sight.  My eyes are NOT good.

I have a detached vitreous in one eye and that seems to be the more blurry of the two and at times it feels unsafe to drive as I get a weird view out of both my eyes as if they are out of focus but actually all is in focus.  Its hard to explain.

 

It mostly happens when I am tired.  But I find reading very very difficult now and of course all close work impossible.

I wonder did I explain enouggh to the prof about my eyes when I had the chance the other day but I didnt know that LUPUS can cause such probs.  I just felt that all the probs were the dry eyes but apparently my eyes are only mildly dry.

I couldnt continue looking and delving into every little thing, so much is wrong with me, I have to 'get a life', I just am weary of continually going to the doctors.

 

Its hard to know what is important and what isnt.

thanks again

Ann


Ann Ireland

Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) Severely Deaf, Pes Cavus, scoliolis, Hiatus hernia, diverticular disease, neuromuscular disorder, movement disorder, recently dxed as drug induced 2008 Crohns Disease 1996,Hypothyroidism 1998, Raynauds 2006, Sjogrens 2008, Lupus 2008, Chronic Muscle Myopaythy 2008, spine in very, very bad way dx 2008
Irish, not an illness!

100mcg tyroxine, 10mg Cipramil, 3mg Entocort, 30mg Tamazipam, mystatin, sudocream, neurontin 600mg, acidopolis, Vitamin B complex, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B12 injection, Nexium 40mg, Fortijuice.

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