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sore stringy blurry eyes
I suffer from clear looking stringy stuff in my eyes very often if not daily.
My eyes feel heavy and dry and blurred and have to remove stringy bits (no one can or would see or notice it) out from my eyes as it makes my vision blurry and my eyes uncomfortable.

Is this common? I am 37yrs old
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233488 tn?1310696703
Yes, but  see an Eye MD for eye exam.  Go to www.aao.org

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i too suffer with this i cant live a normal life as i spend most of my days getting this stuff out of my eyes to enable me to see properly !! , then the rest of the time is spend trying to look normal
i feel as soon as i get it out within a minute it is back there and this is no habit , i simply have to get it out or like you i cant see properly i can see the stuff or should i say feel it there and my vision is blurry i look like an alien that is on drugs !!
im ok for a few days then i egt a bad bout of it like today and ive had enough of this its been years i need help
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oh i forgot to mention ive been to the doctors and every time he gives me drops and says "Dont pick the stuff out" which of course i cant do cos if i dont i cant see properly !!
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Try getting a second opinion for a different Eye MD ophthalmologist.
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I, too, suffered for many long and agonizing months experiencing the most unwelcome stringy goo that seemed to get trapped under my (mostly) left upper eyelid.  Along with that, I experienced excruciating pain, redness, swelling, burning, light sensitivity, and watery eyes, etc.  I was unable to drive more than 10 minutes or so without having to pull over somewhere and remove the junk in order to be able to keep my eye open and relieve the burning sensation for another 15 minutes or so, only to repeat the extraction of the goo that seemed to generate at the speed of light after a few more minutes.  I could no longer use the computer because of the light sensitivity and had to wear sunglasses inside my home.  I've since found a free program that will allow me to change the background and text color of any web site.  It made such a difference that I have no problem using a computer now. I tried researching my symptoms on the www, but was unable to determine what would induce this junk and cause all the particular symptoms I was experiencing, but I wasn't able to pinpoint the problem/cause.  I found that most infections are in both eyes and easily heal on their own within a few days, but my problems only occurred in my left eye and lasted for months. Dry Eye Syndrome kept popping up during my research, but I ruled that out and never investigated it because my eyes watered so much anyway.   I finally visited my regular (and now former) M.D. who, without even looking at my eye stated it was an infection and prescribed antibiotic drops to instill 4 times a day for 2 weeks.  After 9 days of utilizing the drops, I went back to him and stated my eye was getting worse and asked him to at least take a look at it and see if something else could be wrong.  He didn't and told me to increase the dosage to 5 drops per day.  On the 11th day of taking the antibiotic drops, the pain was completely unbearable and was causing very unhealthy thoughts.  I called our local eye hospital, explained my situation, and pleaded for a fast appointment.  Fortunately, they were kind enough to fit me in within a couple of hours.  I saw an optometrist who looked at my eye and immediately explained to me that I didn't have an infection and the antibiotics were making it worse (hence "former" M.D.).  He stated my "eye was dry as a bone".  Since my eyes watered almost continuously, I immediately thought our city was full of quacks and wondered if I would ever find someone to help me. (Sorry, Dr. Lempkin).  He explained how and why chronic dry eyes cause the eyes to water and gave me tons of Genteal and Optive samples to use.  The dryness caused abrasions on my cornea which acted as a natural exfoliator, if you will, and was sloughing the outer layer of the under/inside of my eyelid.  These exfoliated cells are the stringy goo we are finding and removing in order to attempt our desperate mission to lead a normal life, if only for a few moments.  I used the Genteal moderate/severe drops about every 5-10 minutes or so (you can use this product as often as you need it since it's preservative free) and the Genteal gel approximately every 1-2 hours and at night before going to sleep.  I have since tried all the preservative free artificial tears that are available OTC and found that I always go back to Genteal because it provides the most relief for my symptoms. DO NOT USE ANY DROPS WITH PRESERVATIVES! I went back to the Dr. in a week and not much changed , but he advised me to continue using the drops and come back in another week.  At this time, I was feeling much better, but still suffering terribly.  He gave me topical steroid drops to use in addition to the Genteal drops and gel.  After two weeks, everything seemed to be improving, but slowly.  He advised to continue to steroid drop but cut down to 3X, 2X, 1X per day and come back in a month.  After 3 weeks, I had to change my appointment because my eye seemed to be getting worse.  After examining my eye, he said I was back to where I started when I first visited him...bone dry.  Needless to say, I was extremely disheartened.  He then gave me a sample box of Lacriserts to try.  FINALLY, I have 100% relief.  This relief was IMMEDIATE and lasted until the pellet completely dissolved. One pellet lasts approximately 14 hours.  I don't even feel the need for additional drops unless I take a nap during the day (but you can use them in addition to the Lacriserts) . They are small rod shaped pellets (a little smaller than a grain of rice) of hydroxypropyl cellulose that are inserted in the cul-de-sac of the eye.  I thought these would be uncomfortable, but I don't feel them at all.   I feel no pain, my eyes no longer water, the foreign body sensation has been eliminated, however, I still have the stringy goo, but I don't feel it at all.  I just know it's there because the cornea hasn't had enough time to heal and removing it just became such a part of my daily/hourly routine, I still find the need to see if it's there...and it is, but I only remove it in evening.  I wasn't able to wear any make-up for over 6 months and can now wear it comfortably with no worry of irritation.  So, in a nutshell, if you haven't seen an optometrist or ophthalmologist and can spare about $20, go grab a bottle of Genteal moderate/severe drops and a tube of the Genteal Gel and use the heck out of it until you can get to the doc and get a proper diagnoses.  I apologize for the length of the post, but hope this can provide some hope and point you in the right direction.  One more thing...pick up an eye/sleep mask and wear it at night.  They're inexpensive and will help eliminate some, but not all,  of the AM dryness.  I didn't think I would be comfortable using one, but I can't imagine not using one now....dry eye or not.  Good Luck!  Tammy
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Great story. So glad you found help. I had something like that and I wear contacts. I think mine was allergy--not as severe as yours. Now I have mild dry eyes.

I am sre that your account can help others.
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I am guessing your bones are also weak and your blood feels wrong. Your whole body describes itself as UNCOMFORTABLE, but you just try to ignore it. This is a very serious discharge which comes as a response of Methyl Bromide, which only SOME gets affected by. It's a very uncommon and serious sickness/infection. This is mucus coming from your body making your bones AND eyes struggle in pain, as if trying to get out. I wouldn't suggest going to a doctor and subscribing medicine apps. Most of this, in this case, will only make you worse. No one or nothing has found a solution to your case. Most doctors or med physicians do not not what to do about it other than suggest you to Medications, specifically, Eye Drops. Please PLEASE do not do that. It will only SLOWLY make you worse. I would safely suggest you eating healthy everyday, get plenty of exercise, and keep yourself normal and steady going. I understand, I UNDERSTAND. It is VERY VERY hard to do so in a situation you are in. I understand you cannot see. One of your questions is probably, how did I get this happening to me in the FIRST place? You've gotten something from SOMEWHERE that caused a negative discharge to your body. Something that will probably help you the most is Charcoal. Drink it at night and in the morning. Bath in it. Charcoal is the only thing I'd suggest. It is the only safe thing I find closest to helping your problem. I don't want to say this, but it seems very closely of a problem like this to survive. Not many doctors heard of what you're going through, and WHATEVER they suggest will not work. Please don't take medicine. It is killing you by the minute. All's I can do is wish the best for you. You'll be in my prayers. I'm terribly sorry about what I hear you're going through, and deeply hopes you will find a solution. Good luck all in all.

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Thank you so much for sharing your experience I have been suffering similarly for years. I'm feeling very grateful to have found your testimony!

Blessings!
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See an Opthomologist.  Request that he/she see if you have ocular rosacea.

Check out this article

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2358570/Sore-bloodshot-eyes-A-hidden-skin-problem-blame.html

Hopes this helps anyone who also suffers from this horrible eye disease.

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Read This Immediately!!!!! Hello, my name is Robert S. White, I am 48 years old and I am writing this message to anyone with stringy mucous eyes issues. I fought this battle for a little over 4 years and just thought that this was going to be a part of my life forever. I had gone to so many doctors and all of them kept feeding a line of CRAP, because they had no idea. They just kept saying things like If you keep your fingers out of your eyes it will go away (Eye Fishing Syndrome)…………………..Bullcrap! I wouldn’t have put my fingers in my eyes if there was nothing there! I know you want the answer like right now, but I want to explain what happened, I swear I have nothing to sell or push by the way, this is only information and hopefully something that will help if you suffer from this horrible affliction. So, about 3 months ago, I decided to go to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL., I explained everything to the doctor and he was the only one that told me that I was having an allergic reaction and that I was probably going to have to figure this out myself because the cost of being tested for everything on the planet was just not feasible. So, 3 weeks ago (Today is the 17th of April, 2017)I went on vacation to Universal Studios with my brother and I noticed the day after I arrived that my eyesight improved slightly and wasn’t as irritated as normal, I didn’t think too much about it until the next day when they were even better. After the 4th day, my eyesight was great and I was elated as much the stringy eye goo had dissipated. So, I finished the vacation and got back home and within 2 hours of getting home my eyes were on the fritz, so, I was racking my brain trying to figure out what was different and the only thing that I could come up with was that I remembered that I had forgotten my cologne when I went to Orlando. As an experiment I did not use my cologne (Curve), the next day. What do you know, my eyes got better, after 3 or 4 days my stringy eye goo had slowed tremendously. After a couple of weeks I had expected it to go away completely but I still had some going on, so, I decided to do a little more digging (Pun intended) and started to do research on the ingredients in the Curve cologne, it turns out that there are lots of chemicals in the cologne, one in particular, Propylene Glycol (PPG), seemed to be affecting many other people as well, I got to looking at my other products in my cabinet that I use and what do you know, my hair gel (L.A. Looks), my underarm deodorant (Degree), and many other products that I use have this chemical in it. I have since stopped using any products that have PPG in it which unfortunately makes my life more complicated because these products that do not have PPG’s is more expensive. So, to put all of this in a nutshell, I do not know if this is your problem, but like me it may turn out that you are having an allergic reaction to some product that you are using and it just may be the PPG additive in these products. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I truly hope this will help someone else and may solve your eye mystery. P.S. When I stopped using products with the PPG I also had some other added benefits that I didn’t even know were going to happen, I had a strange rash on my chest that went away (Right where I was spraying the cologne), my joints feel so much better (I was told because I had inflammation from my body trying to fight PPG in my body), I also had excruciating pain in my feet (Also because of the inflammation), if I have helped a single person it will make me feel so happy, Have a nice day.
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