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Forum Name: Other infections

Question: Confused about probable eye infection

 Conary - Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:25 am

I am a 22-year-old male with persistent eye pain and irritation (sometimes an "eye headache"-type pain, sometimes more of a "foreign object" feeling). Always accompanied by dry eyes and photophobia, and occasionally also by redness. This has existed for 4 months so far. Pain/irritation fluctuates, but overall is the same or worse than when it began.
Attempted treatment for allergic conjunctivitis and iritis with no improvement. Currently taking steroid eye drops (for iritis, with no effect), artificial tears, and an antihistamine/redness-reliever. (Would like to discontinue, as have been using for a long time and fear adverse medication effects such as conjunctivitis medicamentosum.)
A female of same age and identical symptoms was diagnosed with and treated for yeast after 4 months (no yeast seen on any of my examinations, but my eyes are very sensitive and would react to even an infection that might not be easily visible). She also received Restasis*, an eye drop which apparently quickly relieved all symptoms - but is contraindicated in the case of infection (contains cyclosporine). Currently taking Diflucan (fluconazole), again without effect (but have only taken for 5 days).

What should I do?

 Dr. Ramamurthy M G - Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:45 pm

Hi, the history of irritation,forein body sensation, pain, photophobia ,etc. are more in favour of dry eyes due to any cause rather than infection and allergy. I think you should get the cause treated first for the dry eyes ,or rather avoid the triggering factors, whatever might be. Take some good tears supplements- may be preservative free . At the same time go for lot of water intake every day , lot more raw vegetables, fruits and avoid on oily, fatty foods, junks and fast foods. Protect your eyes when you go out, with goggles/glares. At the work place avoid continuous eye strain by giving occassional rest and relax your eyes in between. Get your eyes tested for any power glasses prescription-Refractive error. Avoid too many drops instillation for a long time. I hope these suggetions might help you soon. Regards,
Dr.Ramamurthy M G

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