Dry eyes? Should I go to an eye specialist?

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Yesterday, I started getting blurred vision and tender/painful eyes. There is no redness.

I'm worried I will go blind.

I'm 14 and male, white skin, if that helps.

Thanks,

Matt.

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    Hi,I have dry eyes also. There can be several causes of dry eyes,so Id go to an optometrist or opthomologist, don't just go to a family doctor or an optician at an eye glass store. There are different treatments for different causes. Ask them to check for things such as MGD ,demodex mites, Blepharitis,besides just plain old dry eye. Best diagnosis,best treatment. And no I don't think you will go blind. Even medications can caus dry eye. Good luck. By the way don't worry about possible causes I mentioned,they are all treatable. Mine is pretty much caused by the MGD, which you can google. I just mentioned them because often time doctors don't examine the eye lids etc well enough to find the caus right away. I had 3 exams before the right doc diagnosed me. You can ask him about these causes,at the time I had no clue. Blurry vision on and off is not uncommon for dry eyes,I get it also,and in the beginning it really freaked me out,still get it,some days more than others. Also,do you wear Contacts?

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      What does MGD stand for?

      I don't know how to get to an eye doctor or if my parents will do it.

      I don't wear contacts, however I wear glasses. I have a pair now, but seem to make my vision worse. So I don't use them.

      I also suffer from health anxiety and have for a while, and read that Buscopan (I took some for stomach cramps) can put pressure on your eye and cause vision loss, and symptoms started after that. I don't know if its because of the Buscopan or if its psychological and I think something is happening.

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    https://patient.info/health/swollen-eyelid/blepharitis

    Lee mentions MGD - this means Meibomian Gland Disorder, you will read about it in the link above.

    Matt, I think you spend too much time talking to Dr Google & then worrying about what you find. All this screen time triggers dry eyes, television & driving do the same. We forget to blink so our eyes aren't lubricated.

    Read the link and learn how to look after your eyes. Your parents presumably take you to your Optician when necessary, you say you have glasses. The Optician [aka Optometrist] is qualified to examine your eyes & if there is something wrong, he will refer you to your local hospital, to see a medical doctor, an Ophthalmologist in an eye clinic. Not every hospital has an eye clinic, so the Optometrist will know where to send you & will ring for an appointment for you.

    Don't worry Matt & read the leaflet. Buy some lubricating eye drops - sometimes called artificial tears. You can buy them from any Pharmacy.

    Good luck!

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      Oh, I see.

      I use my computer and watch TV a lot, I don't have a phone, but I think that's what might be straining my eyes.

      I will have a read of the link, thank you for sending it 😄

      There is an eye hospital in my city, so I don't think I would have to travel far if I ever needed to be referred to an eye hospital.

      Thanks! 😃

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      I hope things improve for you Matt. Try getting up & walking around every half hour or so, it just makes you stop looking at whatever screen you are watching & get some lubricating eye drops, the generic ones are pretty cheap, you don't need to buy branded ones.

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