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I am new here and this is my first post. I’ve read quite a few other posts however on here and know this is an active and supportive community. I could certainly use your help!
I’ll try to keep this a short as possible while hitting all of the important facts…..
I’m 35 and until last summer I have never had any eye issues, I didn’t even have an optometrist or ophthalmologist and had 20/15 vision in both eyes. Then my little daughter accidently hit me in the right eye with a yogurt pouch and caused a corneal abrasion. I want to an ophthalmologist and within a week or two all was back to normal. Then again at the end of January, unbelievably, my daughter got the same eye (right) with a book this time, a new corneal abrasion and back to the ophthalmologist. Again, a week or so later, fine. But…about a month later, the symptoms had come back over night on their own, over the course of the next month they waxed and waned and the ophthalmologist said it was recurrent corneal erosion and I underwent a Superficial Keratectomy (about 2 ½ weeks ago now).
NOW HERE IS WHERE I NEED SOME HELP/THOUGHTS/GUIDANCE. I saw the ophthalmologist again last week (about 2 weeks post op) because BOTH eyes were uncomfortable and did not feel right (I had complained about the OTHER eye for about 6 weeks before the Superficial Keratectomy as well but they never saw anything when looking at it with the slit lamp). The other (non-acute injury) eye would always feel like there was something in it when I went to sleep or tried to rest it. Both eyes felt inflamed, sore, and gritty hence I went back as it was getting worse with time. The non-acute injured eye actually feeling the worse of the two.
Up until now the ophthalmologist has been great, but here is where some disappointment set in. After looking at the eyes, and a brief 5 minute conversation, in which he talked about Blepharitis and dry eye, and then proceeded to say it could be lifelong I was ushered out and told to follow up as needed. 6 months ago I had 20/15 vision with no eye issues at all and now I may have a lifelong condition, had a 5 minute talk, and follow up as needed!!!!! I don’t even know what I have or if there was an official diagnosis or not – Blepharitis or dry eye, or neither???? He told me to wean off eye drops (lubricating, preservative free is what I was using) and use a warm compress, that’s it!!! No “let’s get ahead of this”, take this antibiotic, nothing!!!
He seems almost uninterested now that the “sexy” surgery/injury part is over and I don’t want to become a “frequent flyer” and feel like I am not wanted in the office.
Slightly red eyes, gritty feeling (hard to describe, but like cobwebs or something over/in my eyes that can’t be removed), foreign body feeling when closing them for any period of time, sometimes blurry vision and occasionally stingy. NO “crusties” or light sensitivity however.
Using Thera Tears SteriLid cleanser each morning, a 10-minute warm compress mask each evening and that is about it. Trying to avoid eye drops since the ophthalmologist said to wean off.
I used a ton of the preservative free drops and some prescription drops and pills post op (all prescribed), and a lot of preservative free drops during the initial corneal abrasions and subsequent erosions. Could I have lost my natural tears?
This is causing such anxiety and life/marriage stress it is not even funny (2 girls under 2 at home). Does anyone have a similar story or thoughts as to what I may/may not have or should do??? Any similar experiences?
Sorry this was so long, but I’d love to hear back. Let me know if anyone needs more info or has questions.
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