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I am relatively young though (27) and see that this condition mainly affects older women?
I feel the blepharitis - as it was late to be diagnosed - may be the reason for the dry eyes as it does affect the tears. I have taken a blood test and hopefully the results will say if there is anything else wrong.
If it is sjogren's syndrome what can be done to help?
Can bloodshot eyes due to dry eyes get back to normal?
Can a regular GP refer me for this specialised blood testing?
I am based in the UK and it happened like an overnight infection one day in winter - I don't have any allergies but have tried anti histamines and they haven't made much difference : (
My next appointment is 15 May, I have been advised just to use artificial tears and gently scrub the eyelids every 2 days (doesn't seem enough?) Apparently I have blepharitis very mildly (really doesn't seem that way!) but it's taken me four months to get it diagnoised and, in that time, I have tried tons of drops which - some being strong steroids - may have made my eye worse?
I have been prescribed Maxtirol and fusicidic acid countless times (GP kept sending me away with them to my frustration) and I asked one optician if they can cause damage and they said no, but I knew it must do after a length of time.
So scared my eyes won't recover and I might have this condition on top of blepharitis.
I am finding it hard to cling onto hope when I have seen the same bloodshot eyes month after month, trying not to be neurotic but it has really got me down.
I was scared that with blepharitis being a life long condition, and this potential sjogren being the same that this means the condition of my eyes will be life long?
I have been told blepharitis needs a life long regime of hot scrubs/ massages : s otherwise it comes back.
I have also been told using artifical tears too much can stop the eye naturally producing its own tears. So much conflicting info and I keep reading horror stories on the internet about people struggling with the condition.
I am using ocusoft lid scrub which is specially for people with blepharitis.
I am struggling to sleep out of worry and crying alot because of the depression. I know this isn't helping but finding it hard to control atm.
I am on anti depressants atm, I really need to pull myself together but my looks mean a lot to me and seeing permanent bloodshot eyes has made me become a social recluse, which is pathetic.
I guess it's cos the eye specialists I have seen to date haven't been v informative or helpful. I have asked them twice if it will go with time and they just looked at me blankly.
Sorry for all this. I am nervous by nature and my eyes used to be clear (besides the odd vein of course) what I see now is llike a different person.
I am on Citalopram 40mg a day.
Horrible thing is before my eyes got bad I was absolutely fine. I am prone to depression but I was looking after myself and really motivated, I was a good friend and cared about my appearance.
I start a new job in two weeks time, I am petrified of starting and them thinking I am ill or an alcoholic with these eyes. I just need to know they will get better and I can work towards that, I am scared this is for life and angry that I am getting so worked up about it. So sorry I am ranting on. I know that my problems are nothing compared to others.
I don't really have time to see a counselor, especially with a new job looming : s
I can see from a very rational side of me that this is mind over matter but I am struggling atm. I know when my eyes get better I will be better, just need that reassurance off a professional because so far no one has given me hope and the worry has manifested. Veins cause by irritation can't be permanent right?
No never taken anti anxiety pills before, before all this I was a rational person. Thank you for your answers, I appreciate the time you are giving.