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Gritty feeling eyes?

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GrainneWail Sun 18-Feb-18 22:52:19

I had a fairly big stye on the inner corner of my right eye last week. Lots of hot compresses and gentle massage got rid of the worst of it, but my eye is still quite weepy. The rims of both upper eyelids now feel very irritated and gritty, especially in the outer corners and worse when I'm tired. They aren't red so I don't think it's infection, but not sure what else it might be.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 19-Feb-18 09:57:43

Sounds like blepharitis to me. If you continue to use the hot compresses (and massage the tear ducts afterwards) it should help - the heat will loosen up any blockages and help the tears become liquid enough to clean your eyes properly.

GrainneWail Mon 19-Feb-18 12:42:15

Thanks, that sounds like it might be it. I called to the chemist this morning and she suggested brolene drops which have definitely helped so far. I'll give them a good clean again tonight too.

MoMandaS Mon 19-Feb-18 12:52:51

Agree it sounds like blepharitis but it's the Meibomian glands that get blocked with that (tiny glands all along the edges of your eyelids), so after hot compress you need to massage with long smooth strokes along the edges of your lids. You can get special wipes (I like Biotrue because they're free from irritating preservatives) from Amazon and opticians and Boots to clean along the edges. Dry compress is best - like the Eyebag, also available online.

GrainneWail Mon 19-Feb-18 13:11:15

Oh, ok, thanks. I had been using hot, salted water on cotton wool pads (the standard treament for anything eye related when I was a child) and then massaging/wiping and binning the pad. I'll have to see if I can find something dry to use as a compress instead.

MoMandaS Mon 19-Feb-18 13:33:25

Rice in old tights/sock and heated in microwave, maybe? The wet is ok, just might dry your eyes out/skin around them, making them more irritated.

3wheels Mon 19-Feb-18 13:40:48

Hypomelose eyedrops are the best thing for dry eyes/ blepharitis for me. All the other products have always further dried my eyes out in the long run. All chemists sell their own version and they are much cheaper than anything else.
It’s a good idea to get seen by an eye specialist although it can be a long wait, otherwise go to a really good optician. It may be that your eyes are changing through health or hormone changes and you may need a long term care plan.

BelfortGabbz Mon 19-Feb-18 13:45:57

It appears that this post was shared on the wrong thread - we've now removed it. Talk Guidelines.

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Mon 19-Feb-18 13:47:32

Two ointments prescribed for me are actually cheaper over the counter, so ask your pharmacist about them. They're Golden Eye Chloramphenicol 1% which I use twice a day after a warm wheatbag and VitA-Pos to use for dry eye overnight.

I would agree though that you should get checked out by a specialist. If it is Blepharitis this is an ongoing condition that needs to be managed.

BelfortGabbz Mon 19-Feb-18 13:49:10

Oops sorry about that, meant to start new thread.

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Mon 19-Feb-18 13:50:53

@BelfortGabbz I've reported your post asking MNHQ to move it for you as this is a thread about gritty eyes. Sorry I don't have any helpful advice.

If you report it too you can ask them to put it somewhere you're likely to get the answers you need smile

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