I started have severe issues with dry eyes a little over a year ago along with dry mouth. A couple of weeks ago I saw my PCP and had her run tests for Sjogren's. My results were negative for Sjogren's but she said my bloodwork indicated lupus and I am waiting to see rheumatology. I have also been experiencing a rash on my face. My eyes are terrible. Are any of you experiencing this issue with your eyes? TIA
Anyone experiencing severe dry eyes with lupus? - LUPUS UK
Anyone experiencing severe dry eyes with lupus?
I asked for an eye hospital referral in the end.
Here is a post I did when I first had issues not just with dry eye but also the eye drops
Thank you for your reply. My doctor has me using Xiidra prescription eye drops and PF Systane during the day and the ointment at night before I go to bed. I don't think they make anything stronger than these prescription drops. It is a struggle for sure.
Hi.i have sjogrens.im prescribed hyloforte eyedrops but I also find eye masks help.warmed up it helps dry eyes chilled helps itchy eyes x
Oh ok, my doctor said I tested negative for that. I have been doing some hydrotherapy on my eyes and it gives them a little relief.
My rheumy told me I had it.the gel masks that can go in the microwave or freezer are what I use. X
love the eye mask 😊. I think it works way better than drops but sadly can’t carry microwave round with me 😉xx
Someone needs to make a pocket microwave just for our eyemasks 🤣😚 xx
I wonder if the hand warmers than have a small disc in, would work like an eye mask 🤔😆
Now there's a thought 😁
Yes - I blamed it on screen work. I have used over the counter eye drops including liquid tears. I have also started using computer glasses. And limiting my screen time - listening to podcasts and books.
I understand. I have to work on the computer at my job all the time. I put the filters and everything on it and take as many breaks away from it as I possibly can.
My Rheumy just kept ignoring my pleas for help with my eyes. Eventually I wore her down (6 years later) and she referred me to an ophthalmologist at the hospital. It took over six months to get the appointment. He did the Schirmer test, my left eye had practically no tears in it. I had the punctual plugs put it. They worked instantly for me. I don’t get as many eye infections now. I still use Xailin Night gel at night but for me this treatment worked. I get them checked every six months at the hospital. The drops before this treatment only lasted two minutes. I tried everything, masks etc.
I have an appt next month to get the plugs in my eyes. And my rheum appt is in May.
I am so pleased for you, hope they give you the same comfort as I’ve had with them.
Hi I've suffered from dry eyes red and sore etc,was prescribed different eye drops and lubricating drops. I saw a different eye doctor who put plugs into my tear ducts which have made a great improvement..
I just use lubricating drops as required now ..
Hope this gives you another option
I have an appt in a couple of weeks to have the plugs put in my eyes. That put the temp ones in but they came out the same day so I hope these stay in and help.
Hi yes I was sceptical if plugs would stay in but mine have so hopefully yours will. My eyes were so red and sore etc evan got sent to morefields eye hospital. Since plugs in I have noticed a big difference so fingers crossed for you.
I also have lupus sle,Raynauds, sjogrens..
Often Lupus and Sjogrens go hand in hand. I have negative blood tests for Sjogrens but positive lupus. I was diagnosed Sjogrens because of the dry eye mouth and nose, dry throat, teeth loss and down below extremely dry and painful and fatigue. From the symptoms I was diagnosed. Negative blood tests are really not unusual for this. It's finding that Rhuemy that does not go on blood tests alone but looks at the symptoms otherwise you can be missed and not get the help and its important as Sjogrens affects your internal organs with kidney stones dry throat, choking and coughing, lung issues and so on. Plus you get medication to produce secretions where you have none. I happened to hit a Sjogrens expert first time which was luck. Hopefully you can find someone to take another look. I had to go private though to get someone to take the initial time with me that was needed.
Hopefully at my rheum appt next month they will run more extensive tests
I have RA & Iritis & Glaucoma. (2 serious wye conditions). I have also been getting the most awful dry eyes & dry mouth for the past 5 yrs. I was tested for Sjogren’s. Negative. I’ve found out it’s prob the bloody menopause. (I’m 51). I wake up bloody miserable. Just try n moisten your mouth as much as you can. For as often. Plus i have used the fake tears. The fake saliva. Sug free sweets. It’s so depressing. But i’d rather not go on the hrt patch.
I completely understand. I have been on the HRT since October of last year. All my levels are in normal range but my symptoms haven't gotten any better.
I have lupus and Sjogren's and have dry eye problems. I'm prescribed hyloforte and hylonight gel from my GP and ilube from the eye consultant. The combination makes the problem manageable. The most effective I've had was Ikervis (ciclosporine). Hope you find something that suits you.
This is actually prescribable by the GP👆☝️❤️
I've been having trouble with my eyes itching stinging running all time rash on my bk that itches like hell getting spots in my hair and from one ear to next and my forehead and eye brows is that anything like you ? X
My eyes are extremally dry and hurt because of that.
Honey I am my lupus flare ups ,well I have been trying to home treat I would recommend if anything is different call your Dr
I have been working with my eye doctor. He has me on prescription drops but they don't really help. I am waiting for my rheum appt. I recently made more dietary changes and started transitioning the the protocol that Dr. Goldner has. My eyes just make everything miserable.