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kevin1983
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is this possible from lyme infections such as bartonella that can cause these issues in the eyes because i have no moisture production in both eyes and im getting very extreme light sensitivity along with an increase in floaters (static) and blurry vision, anybody get this from lyme?
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I don't have a problem with dry eyes, but my eye symptoms included the rest of your list - light sensitivity, floaters, blurred vision in the end,

and what stopped all Lyme eye symptoms for me within 24 hours was drinking mangosteen juice - it's an anti-inflam juice I get at the health food store - I drink about an ounce a day.

We're all different in what we have and what we respond to so all we can do is try remedies and see if they work for us. You're welcome to PM me if you want to discuss further.

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I have read of many people complaining about floaters. Dry eyes and blurred vision are common with bartonella.

Bactrim helped my bartonella - but it came back when I let my diet fall apart and quit paying attention.

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My eyes get dry every winter. About a week ago I started taking 500 mg reduced glutathione (by NOW) and Oculotrophin PMG by Standard Process. They are working. I note that the whites of my eyes seem to be getting whiter.

I take one each a day.

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Dry eyes here as well. Horrible. Painful. Extreme light sensitivity. My eye doctor is starting to realize that some of his patients with dry eyes have Lyme Disease.

I also have MGD. Meibomium (sp?) Gland Dysfunction.

Dry/light sensitive eyes one of my first symptoms.

I still don't know - due to Lyme or Bart - or both? Which of the two the most likely???

In the past I had my tear ducts cauterized closed. I wore "bandage" (no correction) contacts. Low dose oral Doxy daily. I should be taking fish oil but don't.

To go outside in sun/light/glare I have to wear tinted goggles. I look ridiculous but at least I can go out w/o excrutiating pain.

The goggles I get are jockey goggles. I get the tinted and clear ones both. They can seal in moisture. Are fairly cheap. Sometimes they fog up - which for me is divine feeling - moisture in my eyes.

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Labcorp - no bands ever
Igenex - Neg. 4 times
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IGM 18,28,41,66 IND: 23-25,34,39
IGG 41,58 IND: 39
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LNL - you started taking both - how can you tell which one is helping? Helping with dry eyes?

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Pos.Bb culture 2012
Labcorp - no bands ever
Igenex - Neg. 4 times
With overall bands:
IGM 18,28,41,66 IND: 23-25,34,39
IGG 41,58 IND: 39
Bart H IGG 40

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It sounds like it could be Sjögren’s syndrome. It drys up all glands. I tested positive for it but haven’t been symptomatic.

The floaters have been a problem since I first got Lyme disease. Wearing sunglasses helps a lot. I wonder if the Lyme caused the Sjogrens?

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quote:
Originally posted by abbyjo:
It sounds like it could be Sjögren’s syndrome. It drys up all glands. I tested positive for it but haven’t been symptomatic.

The floaters have been a problem since I first got Lyme disease. Wearing sunglasses helps a lot. I wonder if the Lyme caused the Sjogrens?

Yup, Lyme/Bartonella caused Sjogren's for me. I didn't find out that I had Lyme for decades after Sjogren's diagnosis, although I didn't buy the diagnosis at the time. But I did, and do, have it badly----sadly. Can't undo the extensive damage.
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I believe that Lyme caused my Sjogren's also.

Try looking at your diet and see if you are eating a diet high in salicylates and/or oxalates.

I found that lowering both (HAD to lower them) helped my eyes. If I overeat oxalates, I wake up with swollen crusty eyes.

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I had this also. Very bad, was using drops throughout the day but was still miserable.

LDN fixed the dry eyes almost completely. There was a 'herx' of about a week, really bad, felt like my eyelids were lined with sandpaper, couldn't sleep, couldn't even close them without terrible pain. Then it all pretty much disappeared.

Still have eye problems, recurring cornea inflammation, uveitis, bleph.... don't know how to spell this one. But day to day, the dry eyes are gone. And it was miserable!

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BLINK often. It might help to keep eye surface moist and wipe away some debris on the surface. Squint eyes to try to get some tears forming for the blink.

When we look at computer, we don't blink as much as we should. Same for TV and reading, sometimes.

I don't blink as much as I should because it makes me dizzy to have to stop and find my place again -- but I am working at blinking more.

Also change visual focus from close to distant and all around often.

Avoid becoming dehydrated. And be sure you get plenty of sea salt in your diet (not regular table salt, though).
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I use Systane tears for my dry eyes. Have not found anything to work for blurriness though.

Benfotiamine was a miracle for my uveitis, putting it in remission in one week at a dose of 150 mgs. daily. Still fine a decade later. It is a lipodized form of Thiamine aka Vit. B1 and dirt cheap.

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I use Systane tears for my dry eyes. Have not found anything to work for blurriness though.

Benfotiamine was a miracle for my uveitis, putting it in remission in one week at a dose of 150 mgs. daily.Still fine a decade later. It is a lopodized form of Thiamine aka Vit. B1 and dirt cheap.

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