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for the last two months I've been having real issues with my eyes. I first started to notice there was a problem when they felt slightly swollen on the top eyelid on waking. The swelling would go down withina an hour, hour and a half, but then they still continued to feel irritaed throughout the day. I then started to notice a dry, very, very slightly red, patchy "arch" around the outer area of my eye below my eyebrow. This dryness is not anywhere on the immediate eyelid area itself.
I went to my GP who told me to use a mild steroid cream (great help) as he thought it was mild eczema due to the hot weather. I decided not to use it as it's quite dangerous to put that stuff near the near.
I struggled on, sometimes wearing eye makeup, sometimes not in order to give my eyes a break yet the problems have persisted. When I say eye irritation, i mean,
dry, itchy, sometimes stinging and burning. I went to the optiians and had an eye test. She said my tears were evapourating really quickly, like 4 - 5 seconds which is bad for someone of my age, so diganosed dry eye and prescribed eye drops. I've been using these for a few days now and they have helped slightly.
However, I'd like to know what the underlying issue could be. I was concerned it was blepharitis as my eyes are itchy along the lash area but no inflammation was seen. However I had not been wearing eye makeup so thought perhaps it might have cleared because of that - would it be possible for blepharitis to clear within a couple of days of not wearing eye make up?
My main questions are these
Does this sound like blepharitis? I really hope it isn't as the maintenace e.g. no make up sounds like hell
Woul;d dry eye cause a dry skin arch around the outer area of my eye?
What causes dry eye? I work on a computer all day but now take regular screen breaks. I've seen that blepharitis is a main underlying cause of dry eye so what else could this be.
I've also noticed that my eyelids have started to get more oily. Not massively but there's a sheen. I can't work out whether this has come from my facial moisturiser or whether this is a new thing. I don't suffer from acne but my face can be quite shiny in other areas. Could this be the cause?
I know the best advice is to go to my GP but they're so usless with everything. And I know I'll have to fight to see a dermatologist.
Any advice/comments/help would be greatly appreciated.
FYI - I'm female, 28, work in an office. Don't wear glasses or contact and have perfect 20/20 vision.
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