Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Red Eyes?
0

13 posts in this topic

hi there,

 

about 4 years ago i had what i thought was recurring conjunctivitis and basically just put up with it until one day when i woke up and both eyes were devil red.went to the walk in center and the doc sent me straight to the eye hospital.

so to cut a long story short, i went 4 times, cost me 20 quid each time, they didnt know what was wrong, the young man(nurse) that was seeing to me asked a doc to look and she said "stop wearing makeup ???) how i kept my mouth shut i dont know- the nurse must have seen the look on my face and said - i think its scleritis,id like to see you again next week. well me being me thought sod that and never went back!!

so i woke up yesterday and my right eye is all blood shot again.not just a bit , i look like ive been punched in it!! ive not poked it or got anything in it- im just really pissed off. not eaten anything different either. 

my eye is aching and ive got headache and i cant take anything coz i had a reaction to my painkillers - think it was the aspirin in them .

so has anyone else had this?- could it be irritation from allergies/intolerances or just coincidence  

 

so fed up !

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

My oldest son gets red eyes when he gets a virus or a cold. It could be allergies. You could have gotten dirt in it and scratched it. Lots of things it could be.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably should see an eye doctor.  Seems to be getting worse.

 

Colleen 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our functional Medicine doctor told me that he looks for health in unhealthy people.  He checks the whites of the eyes.  If they are red, it is a sign that something isn't healthy.  I checked his eyes-Perfectly white.  I checked my eyes-much redness.

Work on getting healthy.

 

Diana

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Health has nothing to do with this.  jhol...please have them do the blood work to test you for Sjogren's Syndrome, which is another autoimmune disease that happens much more frequently in Celiacs.  I have Sjogren's and this past couple of weeks, because of the mold count over here aggravating the underlying AI problem, I look like a hell hound.  My eyes go completely red and ache.  They are also extremely dry.  They can check for antibodies for this but it's like celiac....you can test negative and still have it.  Fun, huh?  It could certainly be something else but when your eyes go completely red and actually hurt, those are symptoms of Sjogren's.  It is often aggravated by allergies.  I can usually control it pretty well but when the mold count rises, I am in misery. 

 

I would suggest buying one of those over the counter eye lubrcant drops and use them freely to keep your eye hydrated.  But I hear you about the doctors and "sod it" is a good way to put it.  I also got conjunctivitis a couple of times from having Sjogren's.  I use Restasis eye drops which are prescription and they combat the inflammation in my eyes from them being so dry.  Your problem sounds identical to mine so I would encourage you to discuss this with the doctors because they are never going to figure this out.  Mine never did and I had textbook symptoms.  I ended up figuring it out on my own and went back to the dopes and requested the test.  It was positive.

 

Good luck and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I have not been diagnosed with Sjogren's, but also experience very dry eyes and allergies.  I started using Restatis during the 6 months, and it is doing wonders!  I still use allergy drops on occasion, but not nearly as much as in the past, and my eyes are looking and feeling much better.  

 

My boyfriend sometimes gets iritis, though generally only one eye at a time. When my eyes are bothering me, they are red/pink - when he gets iritis, they get bright red.  I believe it is also very painful.  Anyway, might be worth checking out.  His doc gives him steroid drops (same stuff mine gives me for my bad allergies) to help with the inflammation.  

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi all and thanks for answering,

 

i have been thinking of sjogens but didnt know it caused red eyes, just because my mouths been very dry and "other bits" lol but just put that down to age!  i,ll google it again and check it out.

thanks

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have not been diagnosed with Sjogren's, but also experience very dry eyes and allergies.  I started using Restatis during the 6 months, and it is doing wonders!  I still use allergy drops on occasion, but not nearly as much as in the past, and my eyes are looking and feeling much better.  

 

My boyfriend sometimes gets iritis, though generally only one eye at a time. When my eyes are bothering me, they are red/pink - when he gets iritis, they get bright red.  I believe it is also very painful.  Anyway, might be worth checking out.  His doc gives him steroid drops (same stuff mine gives me for my bad allergies) to help with the inflammation.  

Hi June27!

       Glad to hear the Restasis is working for you.  I really hate the fact that I have to use these forever (or until something better comes along), but got tired of having brick red eyes and having them hurt.  It does work well, though.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi all and thanks for answering,

 

i have been thinking of sjogens but didnt know it caused red eyes, just because my mouths been very dry and "other bits" lol but just put that down to age!  i,ll google it again and check it out.

thanks

Your eyes will get extremely red from inflammation from dry eye/Sjogren's.  The fact that you have a very dry mouth and "other bits" raises the red flag!  Guess it's time to educate your doctors.......not that I want you to have Sjogren's but it's another one they never look for.  My niece has Sjogren's also and she actually had the enlarged parotid glands from it.  It looks like you have the mumps when this happens and yet......with complaints of extremely dry mouth and enlarged glands, they STILL did not figure it out.  I did.  Honestly, I should hang a shingle and practice but I'd get in trouble.  :)

 

Good luck and I hope you can figure this out.  Red, irritated eyes are no fun.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gemini - 

I also am not a big fan of having to use meds everyday, forever, but it really does make life so much better!  I used to have to use the steroid drops 4 times a day this time of year, and still not really get relief.  Now, I am done to Restatis 2 times a day, and occasionally needing 1 drop of the steroid drops.  I have also noticed that my eyes must be producing more tears than in recent years, because I started getting 'goop' in them when my allergies were bothering me (this used to be a terrible problem for me, and then one day I realized that the goopy eyes had been replaced with very dry eyes).  The changes seem to happen over such a long period of time that you don't really even notice it - until you realize one day that things are completely different.  

 

 

jhol - 

other things that help with the dry eyes are:

preservative-free lubricating drops (I use Refresh PLUS)

ointment at night (particularly during the colder/drier months)

humidified in bedroom (I only use this in the drier months, but it really makes a big difference)

some companies also make eye gel/drops - they are more soothing than a standard drop, but not as thick as an ointment so you can use them during the day.  

Good Luck!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We must be eye twins, june!  I was exactly the same way, although this year, the mold is killing me.  Allergies pretty much just affect my eyes and, with all the snow we got this winter, the past 2 weeks were brutal for me.  Red, swollen eyes that ached.  Lovely.  The OTC allergy eye drops only give me relief for a couple of hours.  I just do not want to go to steroid use so I stay indoors and run the AC to dry the air out in the house.  That helps.  My eyes are pretty much trashed but they are better, for the most part, due to the gluten-free diet and calming of my immune system.  However, the damage to my lacrimal and salivery glands was extensive and I am never getting that back.  I suffer when the humidity runs high but for most of the year, I am OK and do what you do.  Lots and lots of Refresh....I should have bought stock in that company!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ha ha 

 

i am told that i am not allergic to mold, though my eyes often bother me after a good rain storm (which should make them feel better).  in past years, i would be ready to claw my eyes out this time of year.  the restasis has really done wonders for me!  before they put me on steroid drops, they recommended zatidor.  if you haven't tried it, it is worth a shot.  

 

i am able to get away with less of the refresh drops in the warmer months, but in the winter, i use it like crazy

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ha ha 

 

i am told that i am not allergic to mold, though my eyes often bother me after a good rain storm (which should make them feel better).  in past years, i would be ready to claw my eyes out this time of year.  the restasis has really done wonders for me!  before they put me on steroid drops, they recommended zatidor.  if you haven't tried it, it is worth a shot.  

 

i am able to get away with less of the refresh drops in the warmer months, but in the winter, i use it like crazy

I have tried many allergy eye drops, including Zaditor, and they all only give me a few hours relief...and it's not that great relief either.  I think having Sjogren's and the underlying problem of dry eye pretty much has me screwed.  :angry:

The eye drops further dry out my eyes so it's a catch 22.  I can picture myself living in an igloo, somewhere in Canada, for my retirement.  Cold weather is the only time my eyes feel good...when everything in the environment is dead or asleep.   Great, isn't it?  :wacko:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,146
    • Total Posts
      919,572
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hi, I am 20yrs old and have had this weird stomach pains on and off for 2 years. They started by just having pains on my left side when I sucked in or pressed on my tummy. In the last 3 months they have gotten really bad, with a lot of bloating and used to occur almost every time just before bed I would get bloated, and feel constipated like I just needed a hole in my stomach to release the pressure. I have had tests for lactose and gluten, and they both came back negative. I was not having any gluten at the time of the test which I have read can affect the results. I had little help from my doctor so I went gluten free which was working really well and I would only have pain once every two weeks. The last three nights were awful, I was in so much pain I struggled to walk, and again they would go away in the morning. I looked like I was pregnant and relief was only through passing wind (sorry for the detail!). I was wondering if anyone has had similar experience, or could point me in a direction to help me. The weird thing is that I did have gluten one day and that didn't seem to affect me at all. Then I will have something like vegemite (I'm from Australia) and this is the only thing that I can think off that would set me off (it contains wheat). So I don't really know what do to or where to go, these stomach pains have been heightened since I had a horrible gastro for a week, and went to hospital. Could it be possible that my gut lining has been damaged? I have become really stuck on what I should do next, as tonight my stomach is fine, I actually feel hungry (previously I have felt super full as a result of being bloated), so I have no idea what triggered that horrible episodes before I went to bed for the last few nights. Any thoughts or suggestions would be amazing, thank heaps
    • I found when I went gluten free I started eating more dairy and that gave me worse stomach aches and bloating than the gluten did. So now I have to avoid gluten and dairy.  Maybe you have a similar problem with something you are eating.  I hope you feel better soon.  
    • Hi! I received my "official" celiac diagnosis last week. I had an endoscopy last month that was originally looking for ulcers and h. pylori, but they did some biopsies of my duodenum since they were in the neighborhood and the biopsy came back "consistent with Celiac's disease" and later. They urged me to get my blood checked and follow up with my primary doctor. My blood work came back negative, but my doctor was confident it's Celiac so told me to stay away from gluten. I've been completely gluten free (or to the best of my knowledge) for 2 weeks now, and my results are mixed. At first, I felt great! My stomach was no longer CRAZY bloated once I stopped eating pasta and bread, my acne started healing, and the red rash on the back of my arms started to fade. That was the first few days. Lately, though, my acne is once again flaring up and I've been SO EXHAUSTED. I feel so tired all the time. Even now I have fatigue in my head, limbs, and I could hardly walk or move my body earlier today. I'm overweight and I like to go to the gym, but what used to be an easy workout for me is kicking my ass! I used to go to the gym and tear it up: HIIT on the treadmill followed by 40 minutes of heavy weight lifting. Now I can hardly finish 3 reps in my first set without feeling like a nap. I can't run anymore because my body feels clumsy and heavy. Also, I'm still bloated. I don't suffer from painful, acute bloating, but I struggle to pass gas and I look like I have pregnant belly. I think I'm also retaining water all over my body, and I'm not sure if that's normal? For whatever reason, I have this belief that water is mainly retained in the core and not arms, legs, and face. Anyway, I'd love to hear what you have to say/what you've experienced. Is this typical to first going gluten free?
    • Thanks Stephanie & Gemini for the info. that the 4 of 5 doesn't apply to children. I wasn't aware of that until now. 
    • I think the posters above have given you very good information and I will throw in my 2 cents worth.  I am surprised that they did not test her DGP IgA also.  I am sure that would have been positive.  They switched off with antibody classes and usually they do both tests for both antibodies.  IgA is more specific to Celiac but the IgG is also useful.  The testing shows your daughter is producing antibodies to the gluten in her diet. (DGP IGG). THe tTg shows positive for some damage or inflammation. You know........your daughter is only 4.  She hasn't been on the planet or eating gluten that long. It can take years for enough damage to occur for it to be able to be found on biopsy.  I would say it is highly likely that this is Celiac, especially with her symptoms. But because the damage hasn't graduated to bad enough yet, they won't diagnose her. I think you need to do what others have said and get all copies of testing and find someone else who will take a look and give a diagnosis, especially if they have you do a dietary trial and her symptoms go away.  That might be the only recourse if you want faster proof. I know I would want faster.  I would not really be happy if I thought I had to keep feeding her something that was making her sick.  If you keep her on gluten long enough, the diarrhea will probably show up. BTW.........the criteria mentioned regarding diagnosis does not apply to kids.  I know it's silly and stupid but most leading Celiac specialists do not go by this criteria for kids.......adults only.  Keep that in mind because it might come up.  You could recognize it but they might not. Have you considered gene testing, to help bolster a diagnosis? As far as false positives go, it's the other way around. False negatives happen more frequently than many people think.  It's a recurring theme here.  With her symptoms, which is what I had, a bloated belly and tummy aches are telling.  Have they tested her for lactose intolerance?  That can cause similar symptoms, although it sure won't raise those 2 blood tests.  Keep looking for Celiac because there are many red flags here.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,178
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Sarah.e.may9602
    Joined