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picking at my eyes until so much pain to even touch my face

So it all started about 2 years ago I had gotten either pencil shavings or eraser dust in my eyes and I kept trying to get it out no matter how much I flushed them it still felt there was something still in them and I got them to the point they were so red and crusty. And they started to form a stringy mucas stuff and i kept pulling and pulling it out because it felt like something was still in there. Well I endddd up going to the er and there was nothing in my eye. And ever since then my eyes get weird like it gets blurry or feels like there a lot of mucas or eye crusties in the corners and then the frenzy begins I will sit with a mirror for hours picking and holding my lids open to then point they get so puffy and you can see my hand mark on my cheek. I have even been told I was sitting up in bed doing it in my sleep. I have tried everything to stop. I don't get any they feel that way to were I start messing with them and creating the mucus to were it does feel like something in there n I can't stop. Even thought I know what the end result is. And how much im in pain and discomfort and sometimes humiliation of having to go to work like that. Please help me. I have tried everything should I see a eye doctor or a therapist? I have seen things like this called mucus fishing but not sure if its the same thing.
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I have and will write more about it in my journal entries.
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This is almost assuredly "Mucous fishing syndrome". Use the search feature and archives and read the many posts about it. Also  read these articles:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11712630

http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(85)33873-3/abstract

You need to see an Eye MD ophthalmologist, ideally one that specializes in cornea and external disease. If you live in USA find one near you at www.geteyesmart.org

The treatment is not easy and is long term but if you do nothing it only gets worse.

JCHMD
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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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