I am new here and I am looking for *hope* regarding the red veins in my eyes. I am a 35 year old woman and when I was 20 I developed prominent veins in my eyes, I think as a result of contact lenses. I stoppped wearing them and later had successful Lasik surgery (at age 22). Lately I have noticed that I have developed more red veins, and the red veins I already had have gotten bigger. My vision is close to 20/20, although I have some floaters. I saw an opthamologist who said my eyes were "healthy" and that glasses for distance were optional for me (I don't wear them much at all).
I am looking for success stories from those who may have had their red veins -- veins that felt permanent and lasted for a loooong time -- recede. I see on this formum the consensus is IBrite surgery is likely the only hope, but I want to believe the body can heal from this.
I generally do not have terribly dry eyes, although from time to time I wake up in the morning and they are quite dry. Then I use a preservative-free eye drop.
My situation is beginning to feel dire. At only 35, I have a lot of living left to do and the psychological effects of these veins wears on me. I have spent the last 15 years trying to "heal" them and avoiding many social situations and photographs because I feel I look horrific. I notice EVERYONE's eyes around me and no one ever has veins like I do. In the daylight they look scary.
My other question is -- could it be that those of us with a fixation on our veins have a psychological problem? Is that why eye doctors tell me my eyes are "healthy" -- I can't understand why no doctor seems to take this seriously. One day my eyes were clear, white and healthy and the next day -- literally -- I woke up and had these bulging veins. They are (pardon the pun) unsightly and have deeply affected my life and my confidence. I am never sure if those around me don't say anything because they are too polite, or if they don't notice them like I do. But make no mistake -- these are big veins that squiggle from my inner eye to the iris and are bright thick red. I have blue eyes so they look very distracting to me.
I don't want to have this issue all my life. I feel like I need stories of hope and healing to keep me going...I am so worn down.