I've posted about this before on this forum but here goes once more - maybe someone else will see it.
Have any of you with dry eye have or had any type of jock itch / athlete's foot or other fungal related infections somewhere on your body?
I have strong reason to believe that for those who do, this MAY be the reason.
Now I know this may not be a direct cause, but I have seen a correlation.
I first noticed some change in my eyes - light sensitivity - around the same time as when I had athlete's foot. That took a LONG time to cure, and never cured properly, so naturally it spread and got jock itch. That spread too, and I keep getting what LOOKS like geographic tongue, but it is not. I am 100% this is related to a fungal infection because there is a correlation in inflammation.
Now how this is related to my eyes: whenever I become aware of itch in a certain day, my eyes are worse the next day. When I don't itch and it subsides, my eyes feel better the next day. (Obviously this is because during the day my hands come in contact with my eyes).
So, two things:
1) For everyone with dry eyes: WASH YOUR HANDS and wash them regularly and OFTEN.
2) If you have a fungal infection, try to cure it as best as possible. This may take several weeks to cure completely. It may be the reason to your dry eyes. I'm still working on this. Powder sprays like Lotrimin and creams like Nystatin do a good job.
I haven't yet cured my fungal infections completely, and this may be why I still experience pain in my eyes. I thought that it came from wearing contact lenses for too long each day, but when I first started wearing them - 10 years ago - I used permanent contacts which I wore for years (same pair). It was ridiculous, but it did not affect my eyes in any way. This problem only started pretty recently - about a year and a half ago. And I was wearing monthlies by then.
I'm going to do the above as best I can and report back.