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After attending a specialist eye hospital I have just been diagnosed with blepharitis. I had been using chloramphenicol and then fusidic acid as my doctor thought I had bacterial conjunctivitis. These treatments weren't making my eyes better at all, so I went to the eye hospital. The specialist there said I don't have any infection and the drops have caused an irritation in my eyes and I have blepharitis...
My symptoms are as follows:
- eyes more or less feel fine all day, except a couple of days when they were terrible and hurt to blink (before I first went to the GP).
- Sometimes a bit teary
- slight crustiness in the morning (not throughout the day)
- no visible redness - however if I pull down my lower lids, it is very red
- I keep getting styes and/or cysts (one every few days)
- apart from a bit of swelling from my current stye, my lids look fine
- vision is fine
- not itchy
I am 20 and have never experienced any eye problems or sensitivity before despite having eczema. I think my eyes are the only place I dont typically experience eczema! I have always worn different eye makeups etc with no problems or soreness at all, even if I wear a lot for a special occasion. I wear contact lenses 3-5 days a week (daily disposables). The only issue I remember ever having is wearing fake eyelashes for a party once a few years back and waking up the next morning with awful, gunky eyes (far worse than this) - the pharmacist gave me something and it was gone in 24 hours.
I feel totally doomed as my online research ( why did I bother looking ) has basically told me I will have this forever and it will only get worse.Ive just ordered an eye mask and have started doing the massages/hot soaks etc. I know I definitely shouldnt try the baby shampoo thing as my skin is SO sensitive to shampoos (due to my eczema), even a plain E45 shampoo irritates my face if it comes in contact ... so rubbing it on my eyes sounds like a terrible idea for me.
Will this ever get better??? If so, when will I see improvement? When can I wear my lenses again? When can I wear eye make up again? If i were to wear a bit of eye makeup now, what would happen? I feel like because it's only just occurred now after using antibiotic drops that it can't be a case of it lasting forever i feel desperate! My mum said she was told at some point that she had blepharitis (she has super sensitive eyes and has never been able to wear eye make up because it makes her eyes itch, and the thought of lenses touching her eye horrifies her.. I don't have any of those issues!). My eyes look normal to the naked eye currently.. the main issue is recurrent styes/cysts and crusting in the mornings
It's taken 8 weeks to finally get this (hopefully correct) diagnosis and i'm just desperate to go back to my normal life! i feel so uncomfortable wearing my glasses all the time!! heeellppp...
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