Mommy, why are your eyes cracked?

My eyes have been very bloodshot lately, like since last fall, and I don't know why. I don't think I'm drinking less water, and if anything, I'm getting more sleep rather than less.

What can I do to get rid of it, aside from Visine or something? And are there any steps to prevent it?
Minneapolis, MN
I really think you should see an eye doctor. Last year, my eyes were like you described. It was awful. Turns out I had a very bad infection in both eyes.

It can't hurt to get them checked out. It could be something like allergies. But better safe than sorry.

Feel better soon!
I had my eyes checked last fall, and he said they were fine, maybe a little dry. Grr, it's frustrating!
Minneapolis, MN
I had my eyes checked last fall, and he said they were fine, maybe a little dry. Grr, it's frustrating!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Well, that's good news. Then, I'd try rewetting drops. I'm not so sure long term Visine use is good for your eyes. I've read that somewhere.

I'm stumped, though. Do you wear contacts? Have you been using a new kind of eye makeup?
No to both. I can't remember the last time I wore eye makeup, lol!
Minneapolis, MN
I think you should see a doctor as well. If your eyes are really dry, they are more susceptible to injury or infection. At least the doctor can suggest a safe long-term remedy, maybe even write you a prescription for something. You might need something stronger than over the counter stuff.

You mean a "real" doctor, as opposed to an eye doctor?
Minneapolis, MN
Long-term or continual use of Visine does have a rebound effect -- when you stop using it, your eyes are bloodshot. I don't know how long it would take for them to readjust and stop being bloodshot on your own, but you should stop using it for a while to see!

But see a doctor to rule out infection, as everyone has said.

Something one of the nurses at work told me is helpful for irritated eyes is to take a cup of water and add JUST ONE OR TWO drops of Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo. Then take a swab (the kind on a wooden stick, not a cotton Q-tip), dip it in the solution, and gently scrub the lower eyelid -- NOT inside where the mucus membrane is but along the lashes where you would put eyeliner if you were lining inside the lashes.

Does that make sense? Anyway, she said it HAS to be Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo as that is the only one approved as non-irritating and don't use regular cotton swabs because they have lint.
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Minneapolis, MN
I think you see a doctor-doctor since you already saw a eye-doctor.

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I think you see a doctor-doctor since you already saw a eye-doctor.

Originally Posted by Chakra
where have you been?
No kidding-- I was wondering too!
Minneapolis, MN
I think you see a doctor-doctor since you already saw a eye-doctor.

Originally Posted by Chakra
where have you been?
Originally Posted by zmanzzzz
OH!...you are soooo funny....

Short story...I ended up "taking a break" from the board because the "drama" was just too much for me back in September. It just seemed so incredibly silly to me. So I took a break.

I still don't visit as often but there are people that I do "miss" communicating with here.

This winter I have been skiing twice a week and playing tennis twice a week so I have been keeping pretty busy, staying active and having fun so I am not on my computer as much.


It seems like you're out of ideas and this may not help at all, but you might just want to try regular old plain saline (contact) solution. I think I read something about the Visine rebound effect too, so saline may help to keep your eyes hydrated while weaning off of the Visine. Saline is a biological buffer and should help restore the balance of fluids and stuff in your eyes, so it's worth a shot. You should get the most plain-jane store brand contact solution there is... it shouldn't have any additives. And if it doesn't help, it's only like 99 cents anyways, so no harm done.
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lol @ title of thread...out of the mouth of babes
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I think you see a doctor-doctor since you already saw a eye-doctor.

Originally Posted by Chakra
where have you been?
Originally Posted by zmanzzzz
OH!...you are soooo funny....

Short story...I ended up "taking a break" from the board because the "drama" was just too much for me back in September. It just seemed so incredibly silly to me. So I took a break.

I still don't visit as often but there are people that I do "miss" communicating with here.

This winter I have been skiing twice a week and playing tennis twice a week so I have been keeping pretty busy, staying active and having fun so I am not on my computer as much.


Originally Posted by Chakra
good to see you back. where did you go skiing?
I had to laugh at the title of your thread, too. When one of my kids was very little he asked his aunt why her legs were cracked (spider veins).
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