Last Thursday morning I woke at 4am with an extremely painful eye. I figured I must have had a foreign body in there. I promptly fell back to sleep but as soon as I awoke, at about 9a,m I felt the exquisitely painful eye again. My husband and I used my saline drops to flush the eye (over and over again) but with no improvement at all.
Ended up in the A&E, (Accident & Emergency Department) where they did all the necessary eye tests. Conclusion was, erosions of the epithelial cells of the cornea over almost the entire surface of thr right eye. They recommended I went to the Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne for further testing and treatment. This we did.
By the time we got there i was unable to open either eye, so had to be led along like a blind person. The only reprieve was when they inserted anaesthetic drops. What blessed relief....for all of six minutes.
Discussion was had as to whether this was due to Sjögren's dryness. They were sceptical as they felt that I had no warning signs at 1am when I went to sleep, yet by 4 am corneal erosion was in full swing. They felt that an 'event' such as a chemical spray or a foreign body must have happened the day before which I denied as I had no knowledge of such an event occuring.
Well it's now Tuesday and my right eye is currently partially opened. Pain on touch or blinking has eased. Have been wearing an eye patch and dark glasses inside and out as light causes pain to shoot through the eye. My sight is very blurry. This is the first time I have been able to write on the computer.
I'll never be blasé wiith dry eye again, that's for sure.