I have just joined the forum having been 'lurking' for the last couple of weeks in search of advice and support. I have learnt so much already, but I also feel rather overwhelmed and scared by all the stories out there.
My problems began a couple of months ago when I started wearing my glasses a lot more - I'm very nearsighted, and have worn soft contact lenses for about 19 years (I'm now 37).
I noticed that when wearing my glasses my eyes would become slightly bloodshot. I went to my optician to have the prescription checked - all fine - she then did a TBUT and said that my eyes were dry and that the lenses were in fact working to protect my eye from the sensations of dryness. She recommended to use artificial tears, also to do warm compresses and massage.
About a week later, having found that my eyes were now somewhat sore, I went for a contact lens check-up, where the (different) optician said my eyes were 'borderline dry' (he didn't do a TBUT, but said he could see no 'dry patches'). He agreed they were somewhat bloodshot, and he commented on redness high up on the whites of my eyes, and what looked like an 'allergic-type reaction' on my inner eyelids, with some small papillary bumps and a lot of redness (I am not aware of any allergies). He also said I have blepharitis. He recommended I go to see my GP and to request a prescription for Catacrom (preservative-free Sodium Cromoglycate drops). When I asked if it could be Ocular Rosacea (I have mild facial rosacea) he said 'it could be'. Another thing he mentioned is that I have very tight eyelids which he said could be significant.
Anyway, my GP disagreed with the sodium cromoglycate, and said he thinks it's Ocular Rosacea - he has instead prescribed my Doxycycline 40mg, and preservative-free Viscotears. I have been referred to the Opthamologist at Gartnavel hospital in Glasgow but my appointment isn't until July 20th.
My eyes have been getting worse in the last few weeks (I've now been on the Doxy for 6 weeks, and using the Viscotears). They are now slightly bloodshot whether I wear my lenses or not (I wear Acuvue Oasys). They get a bit dry and itchy by the end of the day when wearing lenses, but if I wear my glasses all day my eyes get a horrible dull stinging feeling my the afternoon and evening.
I have made an appointment with David Crystal in Edinburgh for this coming Tuesday - I found out about him through this site, and I really hope he can help.
I should also mention that my eyelids have been stinging for quite some time now - probably for a couple of months before the other problems started. I also from time to time (for a few years) have had small 'blisters' on my lid margins - not very often, and they haven't lasted long.
I'm very prone to anxiety and depression and have been getting very down about all this as I just don't know what to do and don't have a lot of faith in the medical profession. If anyone has read this far, thank you! - and if anyone can offer any support or advice I would be extremely grateful.