Eye discomfort - told its dry eyes, not getting relief

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The main issue I'm having is an odd haze or something like that. There's a hazy/cloudy distortion. It's relentless and I've been experiencing it for 8-10 months straight, every moment I'm awake. It's almost like I can see the air moving in front of me (that's one way I've tried to describe it)

I'm pretty sure it's always there, but I notice it more for things that require being still and focusing, primarily when using the computer, but also while watching tv or reading. It also leads to my vision being a bit blurry, my eyes feeling uncomfortable, and my eyes sometimes feeling 'exhausted' by the mid point of the day (like by mid evening, they feel like I've been up for 2 days straight)

I went to have an eye exam, and was told I have dry eyes

- First I was told to try drops / artificial tears, which didn't help

- So I called and the doctor told me some patients experience better results with this other type of artificial tears. So I bought those, used those for a few weeks, didn't help

- Called again, they advised I try the "preservative-free" artificial tears. Did that again for a few weeks, didn't help.

So I went to another eye doctor, who said the tear film on my eyes is very poor / thin. He gave me this regimen:

- Artificial tears x 2 a day

- Moist warm compress x 2 a day, 10 min each

- And take Omega 3 supplements, 4 softgel capsules per day

(he said this because I hate fish, and haven't had fish in over 12 years, so I must have an Omega 3 deficiency, and he said you need certain Omega 3 fatty acids to help against dry eyes)

So I've been doing all of that now for 5 weeks straight... 4 pills a day, the warm compress, the drops, and they literally have not helped at all. There is no immediate improvement (the same hazy cloud remains right after -- there's no change after the drops or the warm compress in any way) and there's no long term improvement... about 30-35 days doing the exact same thing every single day and my eyes feel identical in every possible way.

What more can I possibly do? It's incredibly frustrating since this hazy / cloudy film over my vision severely reduces my desire to do anything... to use my computer, to read, to watch television. The eye doctor says to keep doing it and it will feel better, but I not seeing any signs whatsoever of improvement. If there were even mild improvements, I'd feel optimistic. But nothing. It's the exact same as before I started any of the drops / nutrients / warm compress.

Any advice??

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    Hi Crumberoni.  My eyes have also been very dry recently, this is nothing new for me.  Staring at a screen doesn't help.  The compress is good!  The ocular lubricants,  I use Liquifilm and I use them when necessary, not just twice a day.  I then use Lacrilube at night, this is more like trying to squirt vaseline into your eyes.  It makes your eyes blurred, it puts a film over them, which is why you use them when you are going to sleep.

    The other thing I have noticed, my eyes are worse when I take an anti histamine or a diuretic, so making sure you drink enough is also important.

    I have just had a look at what Patient UK has to say, have you read it?

    https://patient.info/health/dry-eyes-leaflet

    My one doctor thought I had Sjögren's Syndrome but I don't think I do but because of the eye condition I have,  I also have Blepharitis but your warm compresses should help that anyway.

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    Exactly what kind of a doctor are you seeing? If it's an optomitrist or optician, go higher up. Being told I might have dry eyes drives me up the wall. After I had a shot of Avastin to rid my left eye of cysts, the retinal specialist told me to blink my eyes quickly 20 times, and it would be as good as using any drops. It works. He knew I didn't feel like stopping at a drug store after that.

    I have a kind of haze over part of my left eye, too, and I was told (FINALLY) that it was because I have macular degeneration. I kept thinking my left lens was dirty. Have you tried covering your right eye and staring at the center dark dot through the reading part of your glasses? That will tell you if anything is going on with the macular. You can print off a copy from the Internet. Just Google it.

     

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    I have the same issue. I found after all the treatment s I did as u went thru that I rest my eyes for a few minutes every 40 minutes. No bright lights tv or computers. It has helped. The haze is better and double vision is better. It's not a cure sometimes the dry eye issue can drive us nuts. I also wear glasses to protect my eyes from the glare on computer... Another pair for tv.. & another pair for driving. I had cataract surgery on one eye . So I have been thru a mirad of eye drops for dry eye.

    CHEERS 

    HOPE

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    Hi,

    Tear film keeps your eyes moist between blinks. If you have a stable tear film then you will not get dry eyes. Your eyes will remain clear and you will remain comfortable. If the production of fluids in your eyes decreases, then the tear film can become destabilised. Breaks will appear on the tear film and you will experience some dry spots on the surface of your eyes. Any kind of imbalance in the substances that support the tear film can harm eye’s health.

    Did the doctor perform any test confirming dry eyes syndrome? Using the Schirmer tear test, blotting strips of paper are used. They are put under your lower eyelids, for five minutes. Afterwards, the doctor will measure the amount of tears that were soaked by the paper strip.

    Omega 3 fatty acid dietary supplements may help in reducing the risk of dry eyes as well.

    Consider wearing eye protection equipment like sunglasses on windy days or goggles when you go for a dip in the pool. Some glasses have a wrap-around style that can minimise the effects of the wind. Take preventive steps like using eye drops before activities that strain your eyes like using the computer, reading, or driving.

    Always blink. If you blink consciously then you will help in spreading your tears evenly across your eyes. When you are doing activities that strain your eyes like typing on the computer, reading, or watching television, you should take frequent breaks. You should rest your eyes as much as you can. Close them for a couple of seconds and rest them. You can consciously increase your blink rate so that the fluids are spread constantly over your eyes.

    If this doesn't help, consult an optometrist to determine the underlying cause of the problem and the best way to manage it. Get well soon!!!

    Alex.

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    I'm experiencing the very same thing. I've tried everything recommended by Optometrist and Ophthamologist. Nothing is working. Even tried antibiotic eye drops, allergy eye drops, steroid eye drops, Restasis, lubricant eye drops, warm compresses -- and I still feel as if there is a film over my eyes affecting both my near and far sight. I am miserable!  The Ophthamologist is recomending that I attend a dry eye clinic, which might not be covered under my insurance, and I can't understand why nothing is working. I feel as if I'm just not getting the proper diagnosis, and I worry that I am going to lose my vision.
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    My symptoms vary from day today,will get a few hours of clarity some days. The past few weeks have been bad,i avoid doing things as when it happens i get bad anxiety. I also have posterior vitreous detachment both eyes with floaters that can also blurr vision. I am getting obsessed with it. Eye exam in two weeks. If im not nuts by then. My eyes,especially my right one often feels irritated with a slight burning. Have tryed a few non preservative drops. They dont help much. Between my vitreous in my eyes being messed up,the dry eyes and wearing glasses its hard. Going to invest in good quality prescription dark glasses that are anti glare etc. Im getting the top of the line etc as bright light even from window can make a haze. Also hopeing when we can turn our furnace off the air wont be so dry and might help.
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    Hey crumberoni. I was wondering if your condition has gotten any better? I've seen 4 specialists, including a corneal specialist, and I too have been given the "dry eye" diagnosis. None of the recommended treatments, including $200 eye drops, have worked thus far and it really is an irritating condition. Whenever the heater is on my eye starts to sting, as well as when it is extremely bright out. Similar to your experience, I have a cloud covering about a third of my eye that has not gone away. This condition has been with me for about 2 years now and no doctor can seem to help solve it.

    HELP-_-

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    Did you ever find a solution. My eyes are the same. Dry eye,almost always one eye or the other is blurry and things look hazy.
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    Could be a mild cataract plus dry eye. Took 3 doctors,oh i have dry eye but he said hes not sure but i might also have mild cataracts. Hes an opthomologist and eye surgeon. I hate the word might. You might want to check out the cataract thing as in the beginning they must be hard to see. Dry eye and mild cataracts pretty much have the same symptoms. Could be a combination of both.
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    I've had dry eye for a real long time. It could be an after effect of a viral infection that may have altered your tear gland to react allergically. So if anything reminds the body about that infection the tear gland could react. This is one theory. However there is also some other things to observe. Smoking can cause dry eye or even your air circulation. Lights and dust can aggrevate the situation but not really the cause. Hot packs, light steam is good in the morning saline eye drops help. A few eye drops and rub your upper eye lid against your lower eye lid helps the best. You have to do it for several days. If there is a clog it can start coming out and your eye corners get a sandy discharge that you can clean out. Some factors may also be not having a sound sleep, eating or drinking items that create heat in the body, beer can have this effect. You might want to try red wine instead. If you observe that your ear wax is also geting heavy, its surely a sign of toxins that the body is excreting. Try also use ice cubes and cucumber on the eyes it helps a lot. The upper over the lower eye lid rub helps the most but the first day can have a lot of sticky discharge the next morning. So just flush it out with eye drops and more upper eye lid rubs. Using your smartphone also can cause more irritation. Try using a blue filter software to reduce the glare or wear UV protective glasses. Avoid driving a car with a dirty windscreen, in fact take public transport instead. Multivitamins, Beta Carotene, Omega3 and Vit C. Its best to take them in a slightly higher dose but stay within the limits on Vit A. You might want to investigate if a particular food or beverage may cause this problem, perhaps high cholesterol can also contribute. So some green tea intake could help reduce this along with omega3. Avoid too much starchy diet like rice or flour.

    I hope this helps. The eyelid rub can be uncomfortable and may make the eye burn a bit but it floods up tears soon, so need to keep repeating it there maybe many layers of dry clogging that needs to come out.

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      I just read your response and the eyelid rub was interesting, so I decided to try it since I have had a film over my eyes since this morning and it has been extremely annoying.  Anyway, your remedy is awesome.  I put Systane in and thought what the hell, it can't hurt and I rubbed my top eyelid back and forth on lower lid and the film completely went away.  I don't know how it worked so fast, but it did.  Thank you so much for posting this.

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      Hi Carol,

      Im glad it worked! It took me years to discover this for myself. However if your film continues its an indicator that you are consuming wrong food or not getting enough oxygen or sleep. You might want to test out changing some common item in your food or maybe beverage.....

      Keep using this, it also helps improve as days go by, just rubbing the upper lid on the lower.

      Dont forget to pass this on to others who might have this problem smile

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      close your eye, lightly pinch both lids with your index finger and thumb, your thumb is on the lower lid, keep it pinched. Pull both lids slighty outward. Now roll the upper lid with your finger pinched like you would if you had some gum stuck on the finger and trying to remove it. Hope this helps
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