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About 3 months ago, I was alarmed to find that my eyes were red for no apparent reason. This redness started in my left eye (and is still more predominant in that eye). This was accompanied by finding the occassional eyelash in my eyes in the morning. 2 months ago, a doctor prescribed me with antibiotic drops for pink eye for a 10 day period. That did nothing. They then suggested it was allergy related. I used antihistamine drops to no avail. Finally, I saw an eye doctor who recognized the condition as blepharoconjunctivitis. He prescribed me a hybrid steroid/antibiotic eye drop called Zylet for a two week period. During that time I was instructed to use a hot-compress for 5 minutes a day and use a premoistened lid-wipe called OcuSoft. Over that two week period, the redness would fluctuate but never fully dissipate. My doctor was so certain that would work, he hadn't even scheduled a follow up. I had to call at the end of the period to let him know that I needed further help. He got me in the next morning and told me that my eye lids looked "75%" better but this was a condition that I would have to live with forever. That was the first time he said "blepharitis." I had googled and fear this result for nearly 2 1/2 months by this point. I understand that my condition is much slgihter than many others' that I have read on this forum and elsewhere online but I am still dejected by the finding. I hate waking up in the morning and seeing this redness. I dread it.
I'm only 23. Everywhere I go, I look high. I only just graduated from universtiy and this is the second incurable ailment I've come across in my lifetime. What I learned from my first ailment was: most of these doctors don't know what's going on. Their information is nearly as old as they are. The internet aided me in finding a one-of-a-kind doctor who had the best available treatment and answers on the topic. I'm hoping it will allow me to do so again.
My doctor's new course of treatment is to put me on minocycline (antibiotic) capsules for a month and use erythromycin (antibiotic) ointment on my eyelids at night for 10 days in addition to the lid-wipes and hot-compresses. Is this even worth my time or is there a better treatment out there? I'm so tired of antibiotics that aren't doing anything.
My only symptoms:
-slight lash loss
-occasional tiny white pustule on eye lid margin
I'm just scared this could get worse. All I want is clear eyes. I appreciate any guidance and support you can offer. Thank you taking the time to read all of this.
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