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Redness in eyes and photophobia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   am i back now?
Doctor :  
yes
User :   ok
Doctor :   please proceed

User :  
what can i do in the meantime until i see a doctor?
Doctor :   one minute please
User :  
ok
Doctor :   u have diminished vision also?
User :  
no
Doctor :  
only redness?
Doctor :   and unable to see light?
User :   it is hard to open my eyes in light
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
thats it?
Doctor :  
pain?
Doctor :  
u there?
User :   no pain
Doctor :   are u cleaning it regularly with the solution ?

User :   every day

Doctor :   have u removed the lense while sleeping?
User :  
and i just changed them, these are new pair i have in
User :  
do i need a different brand?
Doctor :  
u told that u are using them from 2 months right?
User :   i have been using this brand for about 2 years
Doctor :  
but after changing the new pair u have got this problem?
User :   no i changed the pair because i thought it would fix the problem and it hasnt

Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
i am suspecting dry eye syndrome
Doctor :  
Dry Eye Syndrome
Doctor :   Dry eye is a condition to which soft contact lens wearers are often susceptible
User :   so how can i fix that?
Doctor :   Soft lenses tend to draw moisture or tears
User :  
is there a different kind of contact lens i can wear
User :  
what about silicone hydrogel lenses? would they be better?
Doctor :   soft contact lense are good
User :  
what can i do to make my eyes open without any trouble
Doctor :   this is not a major problem
User :  
like i sometimes have to wear sunglesses indoors...and outside, sometimes i cant even open with sunglasses on
User :  
so u dont think i have uveitis? i was worried i might have that
Doctor :   if u use artificial tear drops this problem will be solved
Doctor :  
no ways
User :   i do use them
Doctor :  
in uveitis u will have terrible pain
User :   ohh ok
Doctor :   u are using them now?
User :   yes
User :  
i have tried about 3 or 4 different kinds
User :  
none seemed to help
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
then u can go for silicone hydrogel lenses
Doctor :   but they are little expensive
User :  
and its affecting my daily life, i can hardly open me eyes enough to see to get ready for work in the morning
User :  
my*
Doctor :   they will cause less dryness and also u can wear them for a period one month
User :  
and i work on a computer
Doctor :  
ok
User :  
i have astigmatism and i am nearsighted...is there silicone hydrogels to fit me?
Doctor :  
yes it will fit
User :   is there anything i can do in the meantime until i get to the eye doctor
User :  
to make my eyes be able to function normally
Doctor :  
if u still have a problem u can go for LASIK SURGERY'
User :  
i know thats reallly expensive
Doctor :   i recomended that cos u are very much concerned
User :   what can i do at home for now to remedy this problem?

Doctor :   silicone hydrogels have certainly advantage over soft contact lense
Doctor :  
take rest and use artificial tear drops every 3o minutes once
User :  
can i use them with contacts in?
Doctor :   u cant see anything with out lense?
User :  
no
User :  
my prescription is -8.00
Doctor :  
ohh ok
Doctor :  
what about glasses ?
Doctor :  
do u have a pair now?
User :  
not with a good prescription
Doctor :  
if u have use it temporarily
Doctor :  
untill this problem is solved
User :  
so i cant use artificial tear drops with contacts?
Doctor :  
as we know the main culprit is contact lense
Doctor :   u can use it
Doctor :  
but for best resluts
User :  
and can u reccomend a good artificial tear brand?
Doctor :  
where do u stay?
User :   my house
Doctor :  
i mean which country?
User :   i live about 30 mins outside pittsburgh pennsylvania
User :  
i will be right back, ok?
Doctor :  
what are u using now?
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
no problem
User :   i am back

User :   the brand of tears i have now is systane i also have refresh optive

Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
they are good brands ,
Doctor :  
u can use them
User :  
they dont seem to be helping though
Doctor :   untill remove the trigger factor

Doctor :  
u will have this problem
Doctor :  
how many hours per day u were using them
Doctor :  
?
User :   i ideally need to wear them about 12 hrs a day
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   1) avoid using lenses at lteast for 23 days
Doctor :   sorry 3 days*
User :   ok
Doctor :  
2)take rest dont sit infront fof computer atleast for 1 or 2 days
User :   i work in front of a computer
Doctor :  
3) use regularly artificial tear drops hourly once
Doctor :  
i know
User :  
ok
Doctor :   its better if u apply leave atleast for a day'
User :  
so the main problem is, i just need new contacts
Doctor :   any contact lense agian will have same problem
Doctor :  
the problem is not with the brand
Doctor :  
this dry eye syndrome is side effect of using soft contact lenses for long term
Doctor :   u there?
User :  
yes
User :  
is there a reason i just got it now, when i have been using contacts since i was 14 and i am now 23?
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :  
its almost 9 years
User :   ?
Doctor :  
u there?
User :   yes

Doctor :  
u have three options left 1)silicone hydrogel lense
Doctor :  
2)LASIK
User :   whats 3?

Doctor :  
3) glasses temporarily until ur redness is reduced
User :  
the redness i can deal with...its the not being able to open my eyes in light thats the problem
Doctor :  
then again u can start contact lense
User :  
ok
Doctor :   u there?
Doctor :  
u there?
Doctor :  
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