On Saturday I was sitting out in the garden with friends when my left eye started to itch as if I had something or a hair in my eye. I immediately put my sun glasses on and instilled some artificial tears to lubricate my eyes. The irritation continued for hours and at bed time when I turn my head I started to experience a sharp pain in my eye socket.
I eventually fell asleep for a few hours and then awake with so much irritation and pain in my eye that I had to get out of bed and wake my husband for him to take to the A & E at our local hospital. I sat in the waiting room with sun glasses on as the bright lights was hurting my eye.
When I eventually went in to see the doctor and he examined my eye he was very blunt in saying you have a large ulcer on your cornea and it could have been caused by the fact that you have lupus, or Sjogren, or the prednisolone that I take. When he checked my vision I could see more clearly with my left eye than my right eye, which he was very surprised by.
The treatment was antibiotic ointment and fast tracked to see an Ophthalmologist. I saw two doctors yesterday who said the ulcer is caused by the dryness of my eye (s). I was told to continue with the antibiotic ointment and Carmize eye drops. I will see the doctor again on Saturday morning and if the ulcer is almost healed then I will have some steroid drops.
November 14 I saw an Ophthalmologist who wanted to put some plugs into my eyes to help with the dryness but if it didn't work it will cause my eyes to always weep and if the plugs drop they can't take them out so I said no.
Has anyone else had ulcers in their eyes and has anyone had these plugs to help with the dryness?