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Repeated Episcleritis - Opticians in the house?

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Sootball Sun 25-Jan-15 11:34:10

Can anyone help as to how to stop this happening

Always my left eye, always after a day spent at the computer but only after working at weekends never during my usual working hours during the week. Comes on overnight, by morning its painful, by lunchtime I am unable to focus with it and by teatime without treatment it prevents me driving safely for example.

GP gave steroids last time 3 weeks ago, which worked, and luckily the packet is still usable so I have immediately treated but this is about the sixth time its happened. I do wear glasses and have had a full eye check with no prescription change, I have to work in front of a computer - that is my job - but I take regular screen breaks and have nice monitors with a correct seating position.

Ideas welcome. I am otherwise in good health although I am overweight I am working hard to lose the excess, I walk regularly and aim for 8 hours in bed a night with as much as my 19mo allows of that time asleep!

Many thanks

mrspottasbubble Sun 25-Jan-15 13:26:46

For me my scleritis was part of the autoimmune diseases I have. Have you been referred to an opthamologist for investigation?

Sootball Sun 25-Jan-15 16:03:12

Nope - GP said they have no idea why it happens. I might give them a ring as I can't keep going like this - impossible to work when I have a flareup

Many thanks

Milliways Sun 25-Jan-15 21:32:42

I had this last year and they thought it was because my bowel was inflamed at the time- apparently there is a link!the Gastroenterologist was very interested in my eye. Are your insides ok? Stress/IBS may be a factor?

Snapespotions Sun 25-Jan-15 21:46:14

Interesting thread - I have a similar problem! Again, only one eye, and I only get it when I've been at work!! Hoping someone can help..

Sootball Sun 25-Jan-15 22:22:05

millieways yes I am under an amount of pressure but no IBS related issues, and I have been much more stressed in the past.

It's got worse as the day has gone on despite the swift steroids. Damn

mrspottasbubble Mon 26-Jan-15 09:00:34

What steroids are you taking,how much and for how many days? You need to be careful as there can be negative effects if you take them longer than 3 days and then stop them without tapering.

Sootball Mon 26-Jan-15 19:25:56

Dexmethasone three times a day for 1 week then once a day for a week.

I had no idea of the side effects of these, last time I didn't do the full course - had no idea that it was like antibiotics

Sootball Tue 06-Oct-15 20:59:02

Since January I've had perhaps 3 attacks - mild and managed with ibuprofen. Each seem to be triggered by dehydration ans tiredness.

I'm now in the middle of an attack, it's quite severe to the extent my vision is blurred and I can't focus. Ibuprofen has barely touched it this evening although has kept it at bay for 24 hours.

Interestingly however I have begun to develop some classic IBS symptoms, I thought they were due to being overweight but while that doesn't help I'm having flare ups which are painful and go beyond my self diagnosis of piles.

No GP appointment until 19th Oct.

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