View Full Version : Gunky Eyes

06-19-2013, 04:08 AM
A few weeks ago I began experiencing a sensation of having a thin film over my eyes, usually later in the day. Sometimes it burns and it's even after I've taken all eye makep off.

At first, I thought I had contracted pink eye, but my eyes have not gotten any redder/pinker, just gotten the filmy stuff over them. Oh, and in the morning they're really goopie in the corners.

I thought maybe it was "old" mascara of three months and replaced it. No change. In fact, my eye makeup is smearing/not wearing as long as it used to.

One interesting correlation, I went to the optometrist a few weeks ago and "thought" I'd try contacts. After digging them out one time, I quickly decided they aren't for me. Anyone gotten a low grade infection from taking contacts out?

Reading has been more difficult so for those new members who don't use paragraphs, I apologize, but your posts are just too difficult to follow, so I've not read or commented on them, but welcome to WHL.

06-19-2013, 10:42 AM
Hey there.

I don't know exactly what is going on but I can tell you that I hit a point with my disease where my body became sensitive to outside things. Perfume, jewelry, bath soaps and almost anything else you can think of but it happened slowly. The contacts or some other thing may have caused a reaction with your eye. Remember, I am not a doctor so I really suggest seeing one because the eyes are so important. You need to figure this out and get it cleared up before it is a bigger problem

07-14-2013, 10:04 PM
I have worn contacts for over 15 years. Then one day, I couldn't anymore. The eye doctors are baffled and just label it chronic conjunctivitus (which seems like a very generic excuse for any virus effecting the eye).

After 7 years of SLE symptoms, plus the no contacts I'm diagnosed with SLE with Sicca possibly Sjogren's as a secondary.

If I even put contacts in for 2-4 hours my eyes will suffer for 3 days with goop and mucus. If I get emotional and cry my eyes will suffer for 3 days with goop.

My eye doctors have given my steriods for my eye and they help curb or even reduce a big flair. Since my SLE diagnosis my rhuemy has me taking dry eye drops and salve - all over the counter. I've never felt like I had dry eyes... Nor any difference or change in my eyes - except I cant wear contacts or cry. Oh and one time I did have a flair after swimming in a hot tub...

So I can't tell you it's part of the lupus, but I can tell you I do have that same issue with contacts, and I do have lupus... Both lupus symptoms and not being able to wear contacts started at the same time in my life.
I wish you luck with your symptoms, and if you're still having goop after this long of time, head to your eye doc and possibly your rheumy.

07-15-2013, 04:54 AM
Maybe it's Sjogren ; I have it, try artificial tears... Works on me :)

07-15-2013, 07:46 PM
I've had Sjogren's for years and no prior issue with goopy eyes. Weeks later, I'm still having gunk in the morning. The strangest thing is that although the Sjogren's Study that I participated in at UCSF showed an increase in dry eyes two years after the initial eval, I have no problem shedding tears, which I understand many people have issue with.

With Sjogren's, my mouth, skin and GI system were mostly impacted. Perhaps it's just now at a point where it's affecting my eyes that I notice.

07-15-2013, 10:41 PM
Ugghhh, this is common. I just recently(last month on my birthday) had an eye infection too but it was a stye in the inside of my eye lid. I had that gunky filmy feeling until the stye popped with puss. I did go to the doctor after it popped and he gave me antibiotics anyway. He said it's so easy for people with lupus to get stuff like conjunctivitis but unlike a healthy person where it will clear on it's own we sickies have to be extra attentive to things like that. I would just go to your doctor because even if it is something little it's better to just have it looked at because little things like that can spiral out of control.

07-16-2013, 03:26 AM
something else to consider ....... and you will need an eye specialist to confirm. I have had problems several times with the build up of pollutants on my eyes. the pollutants I have trouble with is normal emissions ( car exhaust and industry pollutants). our eyes can accept certain levels and still clear them.... as soon as we get more pollution than we can handle, the excess accumulates and can be pulled away by our eye lids, as a "gunk". I have needed medical intervention on several occasions. something as little as walking on a different route, can change the levels of pollution you are subject to. an eye specialist can tell you how well you are removing the pollution we all are subjected to.