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What do I do about an eye condition of discomfort, excessive tearing, and a feeling of water behind the eye? Steroids did not work.

By April 8, 2010 - 9:40am
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Suddenly had a very "red" eye walking into a store on Jan. 13. Instantly red. Came down w/ flu 2 days later. Flu passed in 4 wk but eye problems continued. Redness, itching, pain but that subsided. Now, 12 wk later, excessive tearing, feeling of 'pressure', watery, swollen all the time, especially after sleeping. So discomforting. Steroids prescribed did not work. Any ideas? Very concerned. Thank you.

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Hi Pattie K

Thank you for your question is welcome!

I'm sorry this sudden eye condition has happened this way. It sounds extremely uncomfortable. Firstly, do you know if it was/is directly associated with the flu you got?

You may have a serious sinus infection that may need medication.

You may also be suffering from glaucoma. Empowher describes glaucoma as " a group of diseases that can cause damage to the optic nerve and result in blindness. One type of glaucoma called open angle glaucoma, is often associated with increased eye pressure. This can lead to vision loss or even blindness. This article focuses on open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease.

In front of the eye, a small space called the anterior chamber of the eye, which lies between the lens and cornea. A clear fluid flows in and out of the chamber to bathe and nourish nearby tissues and to maintain the normal eye. In some cases of glaucoma, for reasons not yet known, the fluid drains too slowly out. As the fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eye rises. If pressure is not controlled, can damage the optic nerve and other parts of the eye and cause vision loss.

Please read more about this on our Glaucoma page: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/glaucoma#definition

Do you think this may apply to you? Have you been checked for glaucoma or have your sinuses been examined? Can you tell us your age?

April 8, 2010 - 1:23pm
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