Hi, I'm new to this forum so thought I'd post my first thread!
Im 24, male from UK.
Started having problems with my eyes around 4 years ago, it seemed to be when we moved house and converted the garage at this house into my bedroom.
The room was quite stuffy and near a main road and this is when I really started to notice my allergy. (Dust mite) The first eye doc I saw said the problem was allergies and gave me patanol drops. I tried these for quite a while, around 6 months! I noticed that fairly soon into the treatment my left eye started to feel better but my right never fully recovered...
Over the next few years I would have a battle trying to get to the bottom of what was the problem (it is worth saying at this point that some of this was due to my views and skepticism).
The next person I saw said I had MGD and told me to do the warm compresses, cleaning etc... So I did this for no more than a month, didnt notice much of an improvement and gave up!
Symptoms continued but in a more extreme fashion, e.g some days they would be fairly good and symptom free and other times they would awful! Not easy to deal with as a 22yr old when you want to take over the world!
I think a lot of people with MGD/bleph experience this flare of symptoms, it seemed like I could do nothing (no drops, compresses even allergy meds) and some days they would seem okay, but others wouldn't.
The most recent optometrist I saw explained to me that this is the nature of the condition, and the aim is to get rid of all the bad times and just have the good!
So up until recently my symptoms have been fairly prominent, e.g. at some point of every day at any severity I notice there is a problem.
There has been a steady improvement, which I also think is due to getting my allergy under control and aging. (Have generally had quite oily skin and I think this is one of the main causes of my MGD), which is now hopefully slowing down! I am now on my maintenance dose for allergy shots. I think allergies can worsen almost any other condition anyone has as it weakens your immune system and makes you feel crap! Some, such as dust mite and pollen are also notorious for affecting sinus and eyes.
Aaaanyway, this doc I saw recently took one look at them and said MGD (despite seeing someone at Moorfields in London for £200 and him saying that wasn't the problem... another wild goose chase!!)
He gave me some wise words, the main one being persistence!
I think where I stopped in the past was thinking that it was some sort of overnight cure, this, as many of you out there know isn't the case!
As im already waffling this is what has helped me:
- Warm compresses (Eye Bag) used for around 3 or 4 mins twice a day, once in morning, once at night.
- Eyelid clean at night, for this i used ocusoft. Find it is the most gentle one on my eyelid skin.
- Omega 3 oil supplement, not entirely sure how much this does and is also beneficial in other ways so may as well take it.
- Getting my allergies under control! Allergy proof bedding, antihistamines, (very recently) sinus rinsing, which has helped a lot especially with a congested feeling. Although this may have nothing to do with my eyes but there could be a link..
- Drinking water and exercising.
I know this is probably nothing you haven't heard before but I'm sure there are a few people out there who haven't stuck with it for long enough, please give it a go its worth it!
My eyes are now SO much better, I didnt suffer from redness too much but I had bad swelling, light sensitivity, tiredness and general irritation.
My right eye is still slightly symptomatic but I believe this is just a matter of time until it gets better.
However, there are a few questions I have about further treatment/prevention measures...
- Has anyone used azasite (tablets) to good effect? And can you get hold of these in UK?
- How long has it taken people to get the condition fully under control?
- Is MGP really as good as it sounds? I have read some encouraging posts on this... it is expensive and how long does it las for?
I hope this post has helped someone out there, I wish that I would have stuck at it for longer a few years ago. Although sometimes I feel if you have the condition when your'e younger then sometimes it needs to run its course if its due to hormones.
Thanks for reading and I welcome any questions. Marco