Re: terrible eye pain |
I wonder if your father is sufficiently lubricating his eyes. Is he using preservative-free drops during the day and a preservative-free night cream? I do this 365 days per year and find it really helps - although causes some blurriness. I use a lid cleaning product every morning to help get rid of the cream, then rinse my eylids with warm water. I get eye-pain (I refer to them as eye headaches as they go that far) for about 6 weeks after my botox injections and use a pain-killer product to help alleviate it.
Perhaps your father has blepharitis which is caused by clogged tear ducts and can cause, among other things, a feeling of grittiness in the eye. This can be helped by hot compresses to the eye (best done holding a cloth over the eyes whilst in the shower for 5 minutes-or by holding tap-water-hot dampened cloth and soaking the eyes for 1-2 minutes, repeating throughout the day) and/or anti-biotic cream from your eye doctor.
I hope this might help some.
June in Toronto where it is a beautiful day.
Re: terrible eye pain
Good to hear from you again but sorry that your dad is having trouble. I believe that your dad had a frontalis sling done. Right?
He should probably check with his eye doctor about this first to make sure that there is not a problem that needs to be treated by a physician but overall I agree with what June has said and that it is probably a dry eye problem.
He really needs to be using eye ointment every night and some sort of sleep mask to keep his eyes closed so that they don't get overly dry. Use of lots of preservative-free eye drops through the day are needed, too. If he is going for long periods of time focusing on something and not blinking sufficiently this will also cause him to have dry eye problems. The sling may be keeping his eyes too open without blinking so he may have to try to remember to relax and let those eyes blink.
He probably should check with the doctor, though, just in case he has corneal abrasions. Delaine had a problem with that, not too long ago.
Let us know how he does.
Shirley in AR.
Re: terrible eye pain
It was indeed a corneal abrasion. We used the antibiotic ointment for a couple of days and the eyes are much better. What do you use to do the lid scrubs? Johnson's baby shampoo? and also do you use an eye wash? Daddy weed eats and cuts grass and works in the yard right much, with his glasses or goggles of course, but I still don't think he's as careful as he could be! Thank you again for everything!
Re: terrible eye pain
Johnson's baby shampoo and cotton balls with warm water work great for eye scrubs. I prefer that to the more expensive packaged eye scrub packets, although those are handy to take along on a trip. The scrubs should be used morning and evening. They really help keep down the allergies, especially if your dad works out in the yard.
Hope things go better for him.
Sally in North Idaho
Re: Corneal abrasion
Hi Pam. Glad that you got your dad to the doctor. You did a good job of describing things and that is why I thought that he had best be checked by his doctor. I'm glad that he is doing better. Also glad that he is wearing the goggles and such to do the yard work. That will help to protect his eyes. They will still be getting dry, though. Drill into his head to use the drops during the day and eye ointment EVERY NIGHT. Get him a masculine sleepmask that fits fairly snugly over his eyes to keep his eyes closed at night. A sweatband would even work. If it is too tight(like a new one) you could cut it and sew an elastic piece across the back. This would hold his eyes closed and be soft, too. If it is not wide enough, sew two together.
I've never used an eye wash. He can, if his eyes get really gunky but probably the preservative free drops will rinse them out well enough. If he is anything like my dad, there is no way he is doing what he should be doing so you as his beloved daughter have to fuss at him until he complies or at least halfway.
He has got to wash his hands, too or he will just get grass and weed clippings in his eyes. :-) I must be thinking of my dad, now.
I don't do the lid scrubs but others that do, I think, mostly just use Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo with warm water. I think that Sally addressed this question.
Shirley in AR. who is glad that it is me that has BEB and not my dad.