Red Eyes : Shopping Malls / Public Places (PLEASE HELP)

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by AC, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. AC

    AC Guest

    Everytime I step out of the house, and into a shopping mall, or any
    public place for that matter, my eyes become 'very dry' and 'red'.
    I've seen the doctors, tried every possible thing and can't think of
    what else to do.

    The only eye drops that work are :

    1 - Visine Allergy (but only for 1 hour, using too often makes them
    even more dry)
    2 - Refresh Liquigel (lubrication, doesn't stop redness though)

    I don't wear contacts, and normally at home my eyes are perfect, with
    mild dryness, but comfortable.

    *** UNCONVENTIONAL METHODS

    Out of desperation I've tried unconventional methods. Perhaps it will
    point some medical professional in the right direction for a cure :

    Marijuana : Smoking for 1-2 weeks chronically helps the eyes quite a
    bit, but this is not a solution for me as the euphoria is too strong.
    Although it does help alot.

    Ecstacy (MDMA) : Works the best. Sounds crazy, but while the pupils
    are dilated, my eyes never get dry or red. I don't understand why.

    ****

    Any ideas why this occurs, and how I can stop this problem ? I can't
    seem to fix this dry/eye problem. I have seen all the doctors, and all
    they say is use this drops, but nothing really works long term.
     
    AC, Nov 21, 2005
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    acemanvx Guest

    LOL isnt this ironic "illegal" drugs actually benefit you? This is
    something that the world should consider. They have medicial uses.
    Ritalin is an illegal drug but is used to combat ADHD. MDMA could be
    used to combat your dry eyes.

    Other than drugs, see a doctor about your dry eye problem and ask for
    plugs
     
    acemanvx, Nov 21, 2005
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  3. AC

    AC Guest

    Unfortunately MDMA is not an option. That was just something I
    experimented with in University.

    Also, I have seen numerous doctors and it's always the same archaic
    diagnos, "You have dry eyes, try these drops, here's a coupon."

    There has to be something more to this problem than eye drops. I'm
    guessing eye pressure, blood flow etc. Anyone overcome this problem ?
     
    AC, Nov 21, 2005
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  4. AC

    AC Guest

    I just read about the dry eye plugs. Looks interesting. Anyone have
    experience with this type of method ?
     
    AC, Nov 21, 2005
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    Dom Guest

    Try:
    drinking lots of water
    drinking less caffeine & alcohol
    eating tuna/salmon/sardines or fish oil capsules regularly
    stopping smoking
    not using eye make-up
    eyelid hygiene (google blepharitis treatment)
    blinking more
    avoiding airconditioning at home and in the car
    avoiding dusty/windy dry environments
    avoiding staring at computers, books, TVs, etc
    blinking more often
    wear wraparound sunglasses outside
    try different types of drops including 'gels'

    If you have an autoimmune condition such as arthritis it can be a
    difficult and ongoing battle.

    Dom
     
    Dom, Nov 21, 2005
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  6. So VA really doesn't work. Don't use it.
    If lubrications make them feel better, use them often.
    This is counter intuitive, as one of the most common signs of MJ smoking
    is red eyes. Could it be the the MJ is the primary cause of your problem?
    Probably a vessel constricting property. Dangerous. Stop using it.

    Are you sure you've seen "all the doctors"? Nobody has suggested warm
    moist compresses with lid and lash scrubs? Sounds like you've not yet
    gone to an optometrist, or if you did, not a very good one.

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, Nov 21, 2005
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Yeah, me.

    First, they plug the lower lids (puncta). Then they plug the upper
    lids. If all that goes well, but your eyes are still dry (that's me,
    too), they cauterize all the puncta.

    At this point, no tears can drain from your eyes (only evaporate).

    You should also look for a product called Lacrisert.

    http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/l/lacrisert/lacrisert_uspc_pi.pdf

    OR http://www.merckfrosst.ca/e/products/lacrisert/home.html

    Agreed on the fish oil caps. Take flax seed oil caps, too.

    Many people have good luck with Systane or Soothe drops. Also, at
    night, try Genteal Dry Eye Lube. Makes waking up easier.

    Another forum: http://www.dryeyezone.com/main.html

    Last: definitely see an eye doctor. They may try you on Restasis ...
    which could solve your problem.

    Good luck.
     
    Neil Brooks, Nov 21, 2005
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    Quick Guest

    You've just eliminated my entire life...
    I do wear wraparound sunglasses though. :)

    -Quick
     
    Quick, Nov 21, 2005
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  9. AC

    AC Guest

    This is counter intuitive, as one of the most common signs of MJ
    smoking
    is red eyes. Could it be the the MJ is the primary cause of your
    problem?

    ---------------------------------

    I've had this condition far before MJ and far after MJ use. MJ
    modifies the
    eye pressure, that's why the first few times people get red eyes. Over
    time
    it actually produces a healthier eyes. It's also used to treat
    Glaucoma.
    Too bad it doesn't come in pill form, otherwise the results were
    actually
    quite positive.

    QUOTE : "In the early 1970s, scientists discovered that smoking
    marijuana reduced pressure in the eyes. Exactly how the cannabinoids in
    marijuana produce this effect isn't known."
     
    AC, Nov 22, 2005
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  10. AC

    AC Guest

    Thanks for the detailed response. Hopefully, something works out!
     
    AC, Nov 22, 2005
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Actually, let me jump in and correct you there. Tomorrow--if all goes
    according to schedule--I pick up my first supply of Marinol--"a
    synthetic version of a naturally occurring compound known
    as delta-9-THC."

    http://www.marinol.com/patient_care.html

    My eye problems--and the associated meds I've taken for them--have
    left me damned nauseous. The anesthesiologist has prescribed this
    drug to treat the nausea. Luckily, I'm very physically active, or I'd
    surely get fat ;-)

    I used to love to (very occasionally) smoke pot, and would, still,
    but--at least in my case--it *does* make my dry eyes worse. I'll let
    you know if the pill form has a different result....
     
    Neil Brooks, Nov 22, 2005
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  12. AC

    AC Guest

    Thanks... All !!

    I got permanent punctal plugs (the ones that expand with heat). I'm
    cured !! I can't believe that I went through 12++ years with this
    problem.

    I just did my christmas (holiday) shopping, without any red eyes. My
    eyes feel 100x better overall. I can even sit in front of the fire
    place without having dry eyes. My eyes are as white as a babies and
    super healthy now.

    Thanks !!!
    AC
     
    AC, Dec 5, 2005
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