Burning eyes upon waking up

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My eyes usually burn whenever I wake up, and that has been going on for years. I usually rinse out my eyes but I'm not sure if that is a great choice. I have not gotten any treatment for it because I thought it was something a lot of people go through.

Lately my eyes have felt drier and kind of gritty, and sometimes the eyelids feel stuck. It could be caused by the meds I take, but I even have those symptoms when I don't take my meds.

My vision sometimes blurs, and I frequently see halos and starburst around lights, which has also been going on for years but I'm not sure if they are connected to my eyes burning or being dry.

Does anyone else experience these symptoms, and are they connected to each other? How do I deal with these symptoms?

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    I am sure you must used the eye drops to lubricate your eyes. However must visit/consult the relevant Doc if not done so already. Needless to say that one should quickly do so in case of eyes.
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      Well I finally found eye drops used for treating dry eyes at the university store, and it has helped a bit, although I still have the weird vision and my eyes kind of feel a bit dry after a few minutes.

      I told my dad about my vision issues because I wanted to see if he has them too and he did tell me I should get my eyes checked out. That was almost a year ago and I still have not done that, and I will have to wait until next month when I have enough money.

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      They usually recomend warm,not hot wet or dry compresses once or twice a day for about five minutes,taking omega 3 fish oil,2 to 3 times per day 1 one thousand miligram gel cap,good quality,drink lots of water,clean your lids carefully with a mixtute of 1 drop baby shampoo to 1 cup wayer,then rinse well,be carefil not to get in eye. Just some maintenance until you see a doctor. Best to again look this up,just passing on info from what i was told and dont use any kind of drop to get the red out,especially the one that starts with V,use NON preservative eye drps such as systane . Im not a doc,but hope it helps some. Also if you have dry air in you bed room invest in a small humidifier. Xx
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      Please do not put any shampoo or other soap based products anywhere near your eyes. These products will grossly exacerbate the dryness!!!!!!!!!

      ​Use previously boild but cooled water and soak some tissues in it. Wring out and place over CLOsED eyelid. This will provide some comfort and also lubricate the eye for a short while to give you some respite from this very irritating condition. Please keep all shampoos, detergents, hair conditioners washing up liquid, washing powder, soap well away from your eyes. Please avoid smokey atmospheres, woodburners, smoke from any source and also any irritating cooking fumes especially from onions, peppers , curries etc, etc. Avoid dry, hot environment if at all possible or draughts., smoky atmospheres.

      Wear sunglasses and avoid glare and sunlight.

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      Hi,im so mad at myself,my eyes cleared up for almost 3 months,but i was stupid and quit the fish oil and warm compress now and then. Only cleaned my eyes,now im back to the blur. Do you use a lid cleaner and do you have problems with the glands?
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      Best to avoid any eye drops or  any chemicals near ones eyes.

      I would not even try any eye  drops unless recommended by an experienced eye specialist!!

      Chemicals such as in shampoos dry the eyes.

      ?NB. The instructions clearly state to keep away from  ones eyes as they can damage the eye .

      The above advice was  given to me by three consultant phthalmologists as awell as the Modern Matron of a famous English eye hospital who are obviously experts in their field.

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      Ive heard baby shampoo can disrupt the tear film yet thats what my eye doctor told me,it does control blepharitis on my outer lid though,so hard to know what to do about that problem.
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      Wll I would steer  clear of any chemicals .

      When in doubt leave out.

      Why doesn't your ophthalmologist plug the glands to prevent them becoming blocked?

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      Its not the tear glands,its the meibomian glands that run along the top and bottom lids,this disfunction is one of the leading caus of dry eye. It produces the oil layer of your tear film,the oil can become a bad consistancy as it can get too thick which can inflame the inner rims of the eyes or can clog altogether causing not enough oil in the tear film. A person needs to keep them open etc to keep the tear film stable. I also have blepharitis which affects the outer lid...
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      Blepharitis can be caused by an infection too. 

      Very nasty conditions as I know from my nursing ophthalmic patients.

       

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    Hi

    When did you last see a specialist? If you haven't, you should, to rule

    out Glaucoma.( probably misspelled)

    Good luck

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      I have never seen a specialist for my eyes because it was never recommended to me. My eye examination were just me looking at a board with letters on them and that was it. It never occurred to me that there are other types of eye problems.
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      You know that you sgould be seeing an eye speccialist.

      I am unsure where you are living but it is important that you see an eye specialist as soon as possible. You cannot  just keep on treating yourself because you do not know  what you are treating!!

      ​The starburst suggests floaters, dry eyes, possible cataracts or glaucom. Sorry if this sounds harsh but this problem has been dragging on for a year now and I am wondering  if the reason you are not getting  specialist eye examination is because of reasons other thaan monetary ones. Is there a student medical service at the university?

      You need a full eye examination under the slit lamp with drops instilled to dilate the pupils of the eye and also the dr  will measure the pressure of your eyes and carry out visual field testing. I include this info because you said that you thought that eye testing just consisted of reading letters off charts.

      Please take care of yourself and follow our advice as well as that of your fathers.

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      I've been seeing starburst and the like for as long as I can remember so I just thought that was how it was supposed to be.

      It is mostly money problems, and I have been taking care of other health problems that I have been having for years but my parents never did anything about it. If I had a health problem I had to deal with it on my own so I have a hard time telling if something warrants seeing someone, or if I should just suck it up.

      I still have to wait until next month to go to a clinic at my school because I have an appointment and payments due early next month. Once those are out of the way I am all set.

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      Ive ben seeing those things for years also. Eyes can do some really strange things.
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      I feel a little puzzled.

      ​You said previously that your father said that you should get your eyes checked. I ammjust wondering why he has not doe something about it.

      I am unsure where you are. In the UK treatment is free.

       

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      I am sorry but I do not understand your situation. Where do you get the money from to pay for healthcare?

      Can the scholl help you. You really need to be seen as soon as possible. Your eyes are precious.

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      As I've said it has and still is up to me to take care of myself, and sometimes that meant treating something the best way I could because my parents didn't want to pay for a trip to the doctors or just outright ignoring symptoms. He can tell me to go get my eyes checked because he isn't the one paying for it, and also he has vision problems but they aren't the same as mine. My family is poor and maybe kind of neglectful.

      I live in the US, but I just remembered that I don't have to pay up front to see the school's physician so I'm going tomorrow.

      I get money from working, and insurance helps.

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      If you need a med and are in the U.S some pharmaceutical companies will pay for most med costs.
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      In all honesty I don't think it's anything that serious like glaucoma since I have been having these weird vision issues for as long as I can remember and glaucoma would have been evident years ago. It seems more likely to be dry eyes, but I think I should still get it checked out.

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      You must get your eyes checked even dry eyes is a serious condition. Your eyes are precious .Can the school not help you to get the specialist care?
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      Even if you perhaps resent your fathers advice because he is not paying for your treatment you have to think of yourself and get to see an eye specialist.
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      I just said said last night (for me) how I am seeing someone today because I just remembered that I don't have pay up front. They'll refer me to a place. Although I didn't know that dry eyes can be a serious condition. Thanks for your concern though.

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      Dry eyes. Can you google dry eyes ? They can ead to corneal abrasions. That is if left untreated.
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      Lead to corneal abrasions. Please read leaflets on this from Patient Co.

      ​Your eyes are precious. Please get something done as soon as possible.

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      I'm going to start calling eye doctors on Monday because I will have enough time to do so as I have to go to work, and those places usually close before I get off from work. I did see the nurse and she gave me a list of people to call, and also checked my eyes. My visual acuity is still great though.

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      Please do not keep putting the appointment off. The nurse unless trained in ophthalmology will not be authorised to carry out a thorough eye examination.

      The eye specialist will instill drops into your eyes to examine the back of the ye. He will also measure the pressure and check your visiual fields. The dr should also invert the upper eyeid to check for any concretions. Please do not pu anything into your eyes because you do not know what you are treating. Take care.

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      Those places are closed on the weekends, which sucks, but I will definitely make appointments on Monday.
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      Definitely sounds like dry eye. Ive got a good case of it going on right now. Mine is from my glands along the lid having issues,plus the dry air from winter,not fun. I can read but get filmy vision from my tear film being off. Make sure they check the inner part of lids for mgd,alot of optometrists dont even bother to do that,took me 4 visits before one did.
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