Recently I have developed eye pain and sensitivity to light, and a pre-existing retinal swelling condition has worsened. At first I thought this was related to a recent shingles episode, but I'm not really sure, since this isn't a typical manifestation of ocular shingles.
I saw an optometrist who gave me a thorough eye exam (with all the dyes and dilation, and several scans of my retinas and macula and such) and then consulted with an ophthalmologist as well. They did not think that this was shingles or anything else diagnosable, but did notice some "dry eye." I would have assumed that diagnosis would mean my eyes were red, irritated, itchy, or gritty, but I'm not experiencing any of that. Any thoughts about
"dry eye" and whether this makes sense?
Suggestions for eye drops or other treatments? My house is the same level of humidity as it is every November, and I have not changed anything in terms of diet or supplements that feels relevant to me. But maybe there's something I'm missing....
I developed retinal swelling (central serous retinopathy) early in my illness, and it partially resolved but has stuck around for six years, flaring with severe stress and other symptom flares. I have read that this can be related to Bartonella and cortisol spikes. It's flaring now, but only in one eye, so that alone doesn't explain the symptoms.
Cortisol issues also can cause light sensitivity because the body uses cortisol to contract the pupils in bright conditions, but I don't feel that much more run-down than usual.... Although maybe I'm still struggling immunologically from the shingles?
Just thinking as I type here.
Send me your eye ideas, please!