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    Can dry eyes ultimately lead to blindness?

    My eyes are so severely dry when I wake up in the middle of the night and in the morning that they feel like marbles. Now, I am only 35 years old and I wonder if this will eventually lead to blindness. Anyone know?

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    Please do not think that far. Who knows what will be in 10 years. A lot of reseach is being done in this moment! Try to life in the present moment. Its all that we have. It you think about becoming blind in 20 years it wont make you happier now.
    And in the end, if you need a more rational argument: there is an operation where you take out a salvia gland from your mouth and use it as a lacrimal gland. so, before you go blind you could do such an operation There is always a way!
    Fight !

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    Alexandra ~ you have a great outlook and so positive. Like Leesaw... I have that same fear.
    When I wake in the mornings and I sleep in 1.5 hour cycles through the night because of waking up with my eyes looking like I've got thick plastic over them (actually like I'm looking through thick plastic) and cannot see until I put drops in. So I'm with Leesaw ~ I fear the blindness thing too. Scared to even go to sleep at night because of being afraid of not seeing when I wake up. I haven't gotten to the point of enjoying life because of this mess... one day I hope to have your attitude Alexandra...
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    You won't go blind from dry eye. I've been dealing with it for 10 years starting with Lasik surgery and then compounded by Sjogrens Syndrome.

    It is hard to "enjoy life" because of this very trying situation. But, you can enjoy life although it might be tough at times. You just do it because you need to put one foot in front of the other every day.

    Please don't think yourself crazy. You won't go blind from this. Also, no one ever died from dry eye. Best to both of you and try not to think about this all the time. Lucy
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

    The Dry Eye Queen

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    Thank you Lucy ~ that is my problem I cannot stop thinking about this. I have to learn how not to think about it... not sure how to do that yet.
    I wish it were as easy as ignoring it and it would go away...

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    You won't go blind for dry eyes at least not in western countries. If you use eye drops you help your cornea to stay healthy - and even if you have problems with your cornea there is still transplantation etc...
    When my dry eye startet about 5 years ago I also feared blindness. I saw blind people everywhere and thought this was a sign - but of course I just paid more attention to them.
    I once had a infection of my right eye neves and was only able to see 10% - I was pretty afraid then and at that time I told myself not to complain about the pain and the dryness if only I'll ever be able to see again. Here I am, no serious disease, 100% eyesight, 23 years old and obsessed with my dry eyes and always complaining about the pain....

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    Hi Guys,

    I have only got this positive attitude through doing spiritual practices and believe me, i have not become a hippie i was raised extremely rational.
    but meditating once a day for 20 minutes, reading some buddhist knowledge once in a while make you realize that worrying about the future is the last thing that will help us in this very moment. I rather strongly believe that in say 10 years there will be 3-4 products on the market and till then, i will give my 100 percent to stay focussed on what is happening in this very moment.
    I used to worry about dry eye, i was obsessed. Now, since I have become more calm, even my symptoms have lessened..... and ****: THERE WILL BE HELP! I JUST KNOW IT!
    Dont give up! Fight! and accept your situation as it is: we all have dry eyes and it is not funny. but we need to surrender to our eyes. its the only thing we can do ;-)

    xxx

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    I do agree! Well said Alexandra!

    I don't play the "what if" game any more. I don't let myself go there. We had a rule at work, don't turn your timesheet in until the last moment - you could get hit by a bus tomorrow!

    Do whatever you have to do to make yourself as comfortable as possible and LIVE! I too believe that there will be something better in a few years.

    I have been helped tremendously by a wonderful counselor who suffers from physical limitations herself. She has helped me make action plans instead of worries. I have turned my warm compress time into a positive instead of a negative.

    I was a compulsive worrier. I wonder if this was perhaps a test of my faith to truly believe that God's grace is sufficient for the day. Don't worry about tomorrow! Focus on getting through the day, and start small. Find one positive thing to focus on - a walk in the sun, a book on tape, a phone call to a friend (not about eyes). It takes work. A mointh ago, I was looking at my eye that I had the surgery on every 5 minutes, thinking that the bump would just disappear - nothing changed. You literally have to break the cycle of negative thought, and it's not easy. You CAN do it.

    My friend used to say, "Pull up your granny panties and go!"
    I say, "Throw on your goggles and go!"

    Prayers for you,
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    Thank you Alexandra & Melissa

    Ya'll are amazing. I hope to be at that place one day soon. I started walking about 2-4 miles a day depending on my energy level. I thought staying busy walking and going to school and meeting new people would take my mind off this eye stuff, but apparently it's going to take more than that. Alexandra ~ I am at the obsessed point. I know my friends and family are sick of hearing my eye issues and just when I think I have got that under control enough not to talk about it ~ then something else happens with my eyes. Also Alexandra, my mom has told me if I wouldn't panic so much and think about my eyes all the time they wouldn't keep getting worse ~ and then what you have said...
    "since I have become more calm, even my symptoms have lessened..."
    has now made me think I really need to calm down and quit these panic moments, which are all the time basically. Melissa ~ I am totally a compulsive worrier. I wish I wasn't ~ testing of faith really hits home too. Maybe this is suppose to teach me. Maybe teach me not to be so selfish among other things. I do need to desperately break out of negative thoughts. I think what scares me so bad is that I was raised with a blind grandparent and the household was so so depressing and that scares me. That is where 99% of my panic comes from.

    I will definitely keep in mind what you both have said and what Lucy has said too. I can't thank ya'll enough for helping me feel better (other's probably feel better too because of what you have said) and sharing how you have learned to deal with this.

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    I'm so glad we have found a place where we can all band together for each other. My bad days will be your good days and vice versa.

    We will lift each other up,
    Melissa
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    Quote Originally Posted by msienkiewicz View Post
    I'm so glad we have found a place where we can all band together for each other. My bad days will be your good days and vice versa.

    We will lift each other up,
    Melissa
    You are so right Melissa. I thank God for this site, I've learned so much and also met so many wonderful people. It helps to have support and understanding.

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    Thank you all so much for your wonderful words and awesome support! Before I found these boards I truly felt alone with this dry eye issue. I cannot even talk to my husband about it anymore because he thinks it is no big deal and that just infuriates me.

    Alexandra and Melisa- I hope that I can have a positive outlook on the situation like you ladies doe.

    Missie- I am totally in your boat. I am so obsessed with this eye situation that it has totally taken over my life and has caused be to become depressed. I not only have dry eyes to deal with but I also have 4 unsightly, ugly pinguegulas in my eyes. (Which I think contributed to my dry eye in the first place.)

    I hope we can all find relief from this someday in the NEAR future.

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    Hey Lee ~ so so sorry about the depression thing and all that you are having to deal with too. Like you I hope relief will come to all of us soon. Science seems to come up with cures for lots of rare diseases; so surely they can help us with all this dry eye stuff.

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    I am so glad I found this thread! Since experiencing my dry eyes symptoms began, I have become so anxious about the possibility of blindness. Obsessed is probably more like it - I spend hours every day wondering what I am going to do and how I would get by if I could no longer see. I felt very encouraged after reading these posts - thank you!

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    We will continue to encourage each other!

    I always know that even on my worst days, someone here will have a kind word that gives me the strength to go on.

    Best wishes,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leesaw73 View Post
    My eyes are so severely dry when I wake up in the middle of the night and in the morning that they feel like marbles. Now, I am only 35 years old and I wonder if this will eventually lead to blindness. Anyone know?
    OMG, I feel just like you. 35 with dry eye and scared. The positive quotes below really help. Hope you are feeling better. We can't let this get the best of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theresa74 View Post
    OMG, I feel just like you. 35 with dry eye and scared. The positive quotes below really help. Hope you are feeling better. We can't let this get the best of us!
    Yeah... I'm 34... I try not to let myself think about how my eyes will be when I'm, say, 80... it scares the crap out of me! I just try not to think about that.

    I do better if I just focus on what I can do for my eyes today...
    Yet another post-Lasik (2005)...
    Anyone have a time machine so I can go back and undo this mess?

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    Not to worry, I have had severe dry eyes since I was a teenager, I am 64 now. Vision goes up and down over the years and it is painfull at times, but things are changing now that more research and work being done to help us. You have so much more today at your age than I did. Just hang in and try the ideas and treatments that we have today. See what works for you. There is much to try, even if it just helps to protect your eyes until something better comes along.

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    Thank-you so much for posting that Woodart! Wow! That is so reassuring to hear. I know there's no guarantee it'll still be manageable for me just because it is for you, but it makes me feel better to know someone like you is out there. Hmmmm... maybe mine WILL remain tolerable, even after decades of this nonsense...
    Yet another post-Lasik (2005)...
    Anyone have a time machine so I can go back and undo this mess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAAG View Post
    Yeah... I'm 34... I try not to let myself think about how my eyes will be when I'm, say, 80... it scares the crap out of me! I just try not to think about that.

    I do better if I just focus on what I can do for my eyes today...
    Hi Saag, I really like your outlook. You are so strong and I admire your strength. Can you give me some of your good energy? Today is a bad eye day and I feel blue.

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