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So a few months ago I started getting watery eyes, usually the left but occasionally the right too, along with soreness (limited by the hefty amount of pain meds I am already on, but still enough to cause me enough discomfort that I can't open my eye when it tears right up), massive watering (i'd look like my whole side of my face was red and swollen like after a massive crying fit), halos around lights, photosensitivity, a sensation of grit but not dryness, and it came and went in waves - worse first thing in the morning and sometimes it was OK for a few days and other times it happened every hour, maybe lasting a minute or two or for hours at a time with my eye spasmed shut. My GP was clueless and sent me to my optician, said it was probably faster than waiting to see the hospital because my eyes ached and with the blurring he was concerned about glaucoma as there were no obvious signs of infection or injury.
My optician fitted me in within the hour and had to numb my eyes enough to do the pressure, check the retina and use the slit lamp to examine my corneas. He had to use local anaesthetic because by that point I could barely open my eyes, and couldn't tolerate the light from the lamp - even the fluorescent strip lights hurt. Daylight was worse. A quick drop of dye and a blue lamp showed that I have corneal erosions - a big wide band right across my pupil on the left and a smaller one on the right. I have no idea what triggered it - nothing stands out, it just started out of the blue one day.
He suggested I get a prescription for eyedrops - suggested some which my GP was kind enough to write a prescription for when I popped back to the surgery afterwards, even though I didn't have another appointment. One was Clinitas carbomer 0.2% gel and the other one was Lacri-Lube which basically feels like vaseline in my eyeball. I actually found the Lacri-Lube more irritating and unusable, it left my vision unbearably blurred for several hours too. The Clinitas is better and has reduced my discomfort - I'll even go several days sometimes without any symptoms. But it never lasts, even though I keep using them, it just comes and goes, and it's not actually seeming to fix the underlying issue.
I've been using them for 6 weeks now and I would appreciate more advice - should I be asking for a hospital referral as it doesn't appear to be resolving quickly? And what other self help things can I do? What would the next step be - a bandage lens? Or steroids and a tetracycline? Would an external eyepatch help? I don't particularly want to resort to surgical/needle related treatments if I can avoid them.
I use tinted lenses now to minimise glare and bright light, and I slowly open my eyes in the mornings, I try to avoid rubbing or touching my eyes, and stay away from fumes or smoke I try not to sleep long stretches which is hard with other illnesses I have but I try and reapply drops after a few hours when I wake through the time I'm sleeping. But I'm really frustrated by this, it's sore and achy and makes everything different when I can't open my eye to see and even when I do, it's blurry and haloed and painful. I can't even have a decent cry over it, as crying just makes it worse too!
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