View Full Version : Burning Eyes anyone, odd symptom

02-21-2009, 10:37 AM
Been noticing this more and more of late, not sure if it is related.

My eyes suddenly start to burn and itch, sometimes it feels like I have sand in them. My vision blurs and they hurt. Sometimes so bad I can't see that well. Oddly they don't tear, actually the oposite happens, they get really dry.

This used to happen once a month, then it was once a week, now I get it several times a day. This is turning into a problem because sometimes I am driving when it happens and have to close the effected eye or drive in a blur. I know this sounds wierd, but it happens.

is this something that can happen with a flair?

Angel Oliver
02-21-2009, 11:56 AM
Hi Justdave,

I am not sure, but i do have it. I think mine though is due to the pets.Im alergic you see to cats n dogs and my asthma can be awful. I hope someone comes along soon and lets you know.


02-21-2009, 12:10 PM
Yup i get it too, i asked my consultant about it, he said its all part of the lupus package, do you get the dry mouth too? i get it as soon as my head hits the pillow dunno why tho, i drink pleanty of fluids during the day!

anyway its an annoying thing i kno!


02-21-2009, 12:33 PM
hi just dave,
sounds like you may have sjoren's disease (sp)/. this causes dry eyes (feels like sand paper)and dry mouth. I believe the dr. can give you relief in form of eye drops,. etc.

good luck

02-21-2009, 12:57 PM
I do experience burning eyes too, its all LUPUS

Angel Oliver
02-21-2009, 01:15 PM
Oh i get very dry mouth and it too gets worse at night.Then the weeing begins..... oh such a sexy impression ive put in your minds now....lol...:)

02-21-2009, 01:34 PM
LMAO had to hehe you r one in a million in my eyes :)


02-21-2009, 03:16 PM
Sounds like classic Sjogren's symptoms. Be sure to mention your new symptoms to your rheumy.

sick n tired
02-21-2009, 04:46 PM
I have sjogrens...and have all those dry eye and mouth symptoms. I also have a problem with "weeing" too...:-)

Angel Oliver
02-21-2009, 04:49 PM
Oh really.....interesting. If i had a doctor to listen to me ....id tell him about this. :)

02-22-2009, 08:11 PM
Hi JustDave & Ladies,

I have Sjogrens as well. It runs with Lupus as well as Fibro, and Antiphospholipid syndrome. There is a blood test that can be done to confirm Sjogrens. An opthamalogist can do a Rose Bengal test as well to confirm it. I have now developed blepheritis along with Sjogrens (lids turn purple, hurt, ache, eyes hurt) and was told to put hydrocortisone on them. I have the dry nose, mouth, etc. as well. My dentist rx'd SF-5000 toothpaste so my teeth won't deteriate due to no natural fluids to rinse away the bacteria in my mouth.

I finally bit the bullet on my last opthamalogist apptmt (billed to insurance since it is related to a medical problem such as Sjogrens) and had punctal plugs put in. I go in every 6 months to get my eyes checked for plaquenil.

Wow, I wish I had this done 2 years ago. They plug the drainage holes in the bottom corners of your eyes and my eyes almost feel normal with fluid. My doc said if they fall out within 5 years, I simply go back and he will do an occlusion and permanently close the holes. I am hoping they won't fall out; but if they do I know where I am going and hopefully I will have insurance to cover it. It didn't hurt at all and I have noticed a huge difference. Why didn't I do this before?

Tests to confirm are:

Schirmer's tests measure tear flow. In Schirmer I, a small strip of soft paper is placed in your lower eyelid to absorb your tear flow. Your doctor then measures the area of the paper that is moistened, to evaluate the amount of tear flow. In Schirmer II, a cotton swab is placed gently into your nose to stimulate tear production, in order to measure how fast tears form in your eyes when you feel an irritation in your nose. One or both of these tests will help determine whether your tear (lacrimal) glands are responding properly.

Rose Bengal tests measure potential damage to eyes. A small drop of dye is placed in your lower eyelid. The dye coats the surface of your eye and is then rinsed out. A slit lamp is then used to study the surface of the eye to look for dry or scratched areas. This test is usually performed by an ophthalmologist.

Salivary function tests measure the amount of saliva you produce. A straw is placed in your mouth, which pools the saliva into a cup. Decreased saliva production is often present if you have Sjögren's syndrome.

Blood tests for Sjögren's syndrome determine whether autoantibodies are present in your blood. The presence of autoantibodies, which are proteins produced by the immune system, may help your doctor diagnose Sjögren's syndrome. Anti-SSB blood test if I remember correctly.

Take care,


02-22-2009, 08:29 PM
Wow Faith...this is really informative. Thanks so much for sharing all the information. I think I'll bring this up at my next eye doc visit since I've experienced the dry, sandpapery eyes too. I've been wondering if it might be Sjogren's.

Take care,

Lori :)

02-24-2009, 03:55 PM
Hi Lori,

No problem. I hope it helps. I wish someone had told me about these plugs eons ago. They have been very helpful; I almost feel human. lol.

Take care,


sick n tired
02-24-2009, 06:49 PM
Hey Faith, Did the plugs hurt when the doc put them in? I have been sort of scared to do it.

02-24-2009, 10:49 PM
Hi Sick N Tired,

Didn't hurt at all!!!! In fact, I didn't even feel him put them in. I have gone from putting tears in my eyes 20-30x daily to 5x daily at the most.

Whoever made the plugs; must have been very, very smart and very rich. My insurance paid 80% of it. My exam and the plugs, my cost, are $80.00.

I wished I had done this a LONG time ago!! Seriously. My eyes aren't yucky in the morning anymore. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

How are you feeling? Have you found out any more info?? I am continuing to pray for you.

God Bless,