I'm wandering if anyone else with dry eye has experienced the same as me. I've never been one to suffer with allergies but at work recently where i share a small office with one other person I've noticed I have a problem if that person wears perfume. It makes my dry eyes feel worse and after a couple of hours or more of exposure i get a terrible sinus pain/ headache.
Since having LASIK 4 years ago and developing dry eye, i have problems with dry sinuses/ nose that easily becomes inflamed in dry heated atmospheres and get blood in my nose. This gives me sinus headaches. I've read that 50% of severe dry eye sufferers also note problems with their nose as tears drain into the nose and then down the throat to keep it moist.
I only noticed this perfume intollerance at work in the small 8ft square office that i humidify and think it may be the concentration of scent in the air. I believe as my nose is now dryer that there is less moisture in the nose to protect and wash away irritants in the air. Tears naturally contain anti bodies and anti inflammatory cells so perhaps this forms a function in the nose? I've also noticed sweaty trainers in the office for 2 hours or more cause my nose to become blocked from inflamed sinuses and I get a headache, i did some research on the internet to see what it could be and apparently sweaty trainers give off mold spores which can cause allergic reactions in people with comprised respiratory systems (that includes the nose). Mold spores can cause blocked nose, runny nose, itchy eyes and itchy skin. I wander if i get this now that i have a dry eyes/ nose.
Interestingly a couple of years ago at the eye hospital a doctor there said to me that he could see allergens in my eyes. I asked what could the allergens be and he said it would be allergens in the air.
I'd be interested to know if anyone else who has developed dry eyes has noticed less tollerance of allergic substances. A friend of mine who had LASIK but didn't get dry eye syndrome has complained more of itchy eyes due to her hayfever and now uses eye drops to manage her symtoms which she thinks washs away the airborn allergens.