My name is Judy and my Dry Eye Diaries blog shares my experiences dealing with the insidious pain of dry eye disease. Ultimately, I found a remedy that healed me of my pain!
My dry eye problems began in 2010 after cataract surgery. Most people love the improvement they get from that surgery, but I embarked upon a difficult journey I hadn’t anticipated.
I was told early on that my eye pain, which sent me to Urgent Care several times, was simply “dry eye disease” and incurable. I refused to believe that and tried to find ways to cope with it.
I was fortunate I could see an eye chart well despite my pain. I could drive and work, which many people cannot do with dry eyes. I didn’t have corneal damage and doctors couldn’t understand my pain. But I had trouble opening my eyes and even fell a few times. My life was deeply affected. I gained a lot of weight and became reclusive.
After four years of searching for answers, I found a remedy that worked. My eyes no longer tortured me and became manageable. It turned out that dry eye disease wasn’t progressive and incurable after all.
Every person who has this condition must find their own personal remedy. It is a huge challenge while struggling with pain. I’m thankful for my on-line support group that helped me through those awful years. That online group is on Facebook and named: Dry Eye, Blepharitis, MGD, Corneal Neuralgia.
I’ve created my blog to share my story and offer hope that it is possible to triumph over this disease.
My blog begins with older excerpts from another autobiographical blog of mine named myjourneysinsight. But as my eye condition impacted my life more and more, it made sense for to create a separate blog dedicated to this subject.
Below is a 3-minute inspirational video about my story that was filmed before I found relief from my condition.
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I hope you find the help you need. I don’t know if what I have is dry eyes, but some nights I wake up, and feel like I have an eyelash in my eye. I can hardly open it. It’s fire engine red and painful. I bought some drops, so that when I feel the discomfort, I simply add a drop to my eye. After about a few minutes the sensation goes away. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does, I am scared spit-less. Thanks for creating this blog.
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Mary, I’m so sorry you encountered this. What you’ve described sounds a lot like dry eyes – I know that using a computer a lot can certainly contribute to that feeling, too. Keep using drops and thank you so much for your comment. I hope you never need to follow my blog!
Yikes .. so, I imagine working on computers is less than ideal? Best wishes! Cheers Jamie.
I think it might be obvious – but for me, almost impossible to tear myself away from. (I use it for art, music and writing!)
One think I do, is keep artificial tears handy. And I make sure to blink often and tightly. It’s easy to stare far too much and forget to blink. There are even exercises for this!
Thanks for the comment and well wishes.
Do you have an email I can contact you at? Couple of questions for you on the coconut oil. Going to try it.
Thank you for this beautiful account of your journey! I have been reading some of your blog posts and they are very well wirtten and interesting to read. I am 21 and have been suffering since age 17 with severe dry eyes from Bleph and MGD. although I have tried, and retried coconut oil and many other treatments with no avail, it is always so nice and also motivating to see someone who has found effective treatment and feels they have their life back!
You are very welcome and I’m sorry you have suffered with dry eyes at such a young age! I appreciate that you tried the coconut oil technique and many others. I think by trying things you will find something that helps you.
Part of getting my life back, was accepting this condition and not allowing it to rule my life. My eyes flare up and bother me from time to time. It is usually a sign to me that I need to adjust my health in some way.
I wonder perhaps, if my cure came in the way of supplements since I worked with a naturopathic doctor. I had low Vitamin D levels and my dry eyes improved after I took a liquid Vitamin D supplement.
Thank you so much again for your lovely comment and please stay in touch and let me know how you are doing.