Suspected Blepharitis but diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome

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Hi all, I started having problem with my eyes last year. Around April last year I noticed my lids being more oily than normal and than my eye makeup would slide off, I also started blinking more and this became obvious to my friends and family. I was wearing contacts and was in no discomfort. However towards the end of summer this became more of an issue, eyes felt dry, gritty and uncomfortable. Eyes have never look particularly red but there are noticeable blood vessels. I went to my optician and was diagnosed with Blepharitis. Told to do the heat compresses etc (when I've been doing exhaustedly with no difference). I went for a second opinion. He said that he thought I had an allergy. Went on antihistamines (no difference). He said my tear film was broken down but he'd seen worse. My meibomian glands are completely blocked though (my lower lids are quite red just below the lash line. He prescribed Optilast (hasn't worked). So, exasperated, I went private. The specialist said I had DES and that I've developed it from chronic lens wear and that he wouldn't recommend me wearing lens again. He also said it's quite common for women in their thirities to develop this. Anyway, he looked at my eyes and said he couldn't see any Bleph but said that my tear film was broken down etc. He prescribed FML and optive eye drops. (Been using for 2 weeks and NO difference!). Really at my wits end. I can't afford any more private appointments and getting married this year. I've read a lot about this. Could it be a yeast infection? I do have problems with my scalp (treating with Neutrogena shampoo). I also changed my meds last year (started Symbicort in February) Could this be anything to do with it?

Your advice would be really appreciated. x

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    Sorry to hear that you've no further improvement and that proffessional advice is NOT hitting the nail as a positve reason for your condition .

    Keeping the glands clear is obviously the answer but we all know that is easier said than done .

    I take it that Lynda's wipes aren't ok with your delicate skin ?

    I had scalp issues many years ago and found that foe me the neutragena products were far too strong and have used Vosene frequent since . Evidently one is NOT to use one's finger tips to rub it in , rather better to use the palms or non finger tip finger parts  ( thus not attacking one's scalp and irratting it more ).

    So what gel are you putting in your eyes overnight ? I'm still using / struggling with lacrilube .

    I've found that out of date Bleph liquid still disolves the previous night's lacrilube oilyness around the lashes . I use pre - boiled water on some kitchen paper afterwards afterwards .

    I'm about to test run an eyelid gland area with a " Lynda wipe " and see how my skin takes it .

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    having "googled" the symbicort I take it that you have read the bit about glaucoma and herpes type eye infections . Sure that you've been "googling " to make sure .
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      Hi David, my fiance is convinced the Symbicort is causing my problems. Symptoms began shortly after I started using it. But it seems to be keeping my asthma at bay, so not sure if my GP will change it as my eye problem is not life threatening and asthma is. Not sure if Symbicort can actually cause a herpes type infection? Or if it's a risk to those who have already suffered from them. Worth me doing a bit more reading up...
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    No I'm sure that it wouldn't cause it , it was just shown as a warning to not use the symbicort IF you had anything listed conditions such as the listed eye problems . One cure for one thing seems to bring about other problems for the body in other ways .

    have you ever tried a tonic ? if i've ever had a really bad cold or a flu like virus , or holiday illness problems i've always resorted to a tonic that would quickly restore the minerals lost through the illness . Everdentley through healthy eating alone it could take months to fully restore mineral levels in one's system and anything that helps the bodies immune system MUST be a good thing and the right place to start from . I'm not sure if they will allow me to mention the one that i use for advertising reasons .

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