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Hello all, I know this is a UK-based site (I am from the States) but have been avidly reading on these posts and getting excited that there may be some hope at last! It's so good to be able to share what we have all tried, and what worked/did not work (although what works for one person might not work for others).
That being said, I have had bleph for over three years now and it's been awful! (We all know that right?). It's to the point where under and around my eyes, the skin is "tight" most days like it is pulling (which is a weird thing but understandable, my eyes just do not produce tears/moisture normally. I will shed tears if I "cry" or watch a sad movie or something but the day to day moisture that is supposed to occur with blinking does not).
Anyhow after MUCH research and endless hours of searching for answers (and after a diagnosis of a doctor of this condition, actually three saying the same thing), I have found some relief and wanted to share it.
I tried the heat/cold thing alternately, it didn't really do much of anything to be honest. I suspect my own dry eyes are the result of something bacterial related but could be wrong. The last doc I saw prescribed a yukky eryrthromycin ointment, it was messy and didn't do a damn thing to help with this. It just my eyes all gooey and gross. But there are different strains of bacteria, so on I went with searching and trying other things. Teabags, cucumbers, I went as far as to use a teabag then "steam" my open eyes over the hot water. Warm compresses, cold/ice wrapped in a clean towel, even coconut oil on my lashes, tea tree oil, name it and I have likely tried it with no success.
Sorry I am so wordy, lol., but I am happy to have discovered the Wet Ones which I use each morning (not always in the pm) and now have started to use an over the counter moisturizing eye drop (my mom gave me a sample her eye doctor gave her, as she doesn't need it and knows I have this condition). It's only been three days and what an amazing improvement in how my eyes feel! They no longer water (which is super embarrassing while out in public or at work), they no longer sting, the surrounding part whihc used to be red and irritated is super white, and I have found I am much happier because I am not worrying all day long/constantly about how bad they look, with the tearing, gritty feeling, stinging and all of that awful stuff! The drops are called Systane Balance and I use them every morning after showering. They are very soothing and the relief lasts all day (in fact i need to step it up a notch and use them evenings also, I just bought a full sized bottle at the local Rx today). I am hoping this is not another false hope thing, but I can honestly say that I do use the Wet ONes (pink/red container) only along the last line morning and night) and these after the morning shower. I immediately noticed some instant relief with just the Wet Ones but still experienced watering, and sometimes even "pain" in my eyes (like when you get smoke in your eyes the only way I can describe it). But coupled with the Wet Ones, this seems to be working! It's early so I cannot yet judge how well but if things keep improving so rapidly with more use, I will be a very very happy woman! I just wanted to share with all of you in hopes it could help someone as many of these posts have helped me. My eyes have honestly not looked this "normal" in such a long time! And the lids are also no longer swollen and "wonky" looking! YAY! Will keep updating as I keep using this treatment.
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