The Eyes Have It: Blepharitis and Fibromyalgia

The Eyes Have It: Blepharitis and Fibromyalgia
Blepharitis. It's a scary word, right? I recently went to my ophthalmologist because my eyes were sore and eye drops weren't helping. Apparently, it should take 10 seconds for your tears to evaporate. It took 7 seconds for my right eye and 5 seconds for my left. My left eye gives me the most trouble, so that made sense to me. My doctor diagnosed me with blepharitis. Symptoms of blepharitis include itchiness, redness, flakiness, eyelid "crusties," a burning sensation, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. Blepharitis is common for people with dry eyes, and dry eyes are common for people with fibromyalgia. It's even more common for women with fibromyalgia who are 60 and older, and it can be a chronic condition. To treat blepharitis, I apply a warm washcloth to my eyelids for five minutes, twice a day. Then, I wash my eyelids with tear-free baby shampoo and spray them with a HypoChlor solution. I use prednisone eye drops and a specific lubricating eye drop four times a day. Oh, and then I have a gel to put in my eyes at bedtime. That's a lot of eye stuff! It's been almost a week now, and I'm not seeing the results I had hoped for. My eyes are better, but they're still sore. I'm hoping that one more week will result in less dryness and irritation. There's a definite connection between blepharitis and dry eye. "[P]atient symptoms and complaints about blepharitis are often consistent with a diagnosis of dry eye disease, and many hypothesize that the majority of dry
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4 comments

  1. Nancy Harkness says:

    Hi, I have blepharitis as well though despite treating it
    as you describe it really doesn’t deplete my eye pain. I am certain that fibromyalgia, Lyme or CFS and nerves are playing a role and I hope someone figures out how to fix it!

    • Robin Dix says:

      Nancy, I agree with you. I also have Lyme and CFS along with fibro. My eyes have improved somewhat, but I’m wondering what will happen when I stop her treatment protocol.

  2. Stephen Golder says:

    Astounding. I thought I knew all my crummy additional little disorders associated with fibro but this also…jeez. The two opthals. I’ve seen each reco’d a wash every AM with a few drops of J and J Baby shampoo over your eyebrows and face in warm water. I seems to keep bleh in remission.

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