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JLAMB26 posted:
Has anyone every experienced sore, swollen eyes as a side effect from chemo? I'm well into my treatment and the symptoms started last week.
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judyfams responded:
I didn't experience that, but my eyes hurt horribly and the pain was so severe one morning that I went to my opthalomogist who diagnosed it as severe dry eye which can happen as a result of chemo.

I never knew that dry eye could be soooo painful, but he gave me eye drops to put in very frequently and that did clear up.

So I would check with an opthalomologist. While the eye drops were not prescription he did recommend a specific OTC brand which was more expensive then the other run of the mill eye drops. In fact one wa in a tube and looked like vaseline that I had to put in PM only and the other was a liquid that i put in many times during the day. I think the brand name was Gen Tel or something like that.

Good luck,
Judy
 
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jenna291 responded:
Hi, yes I had very sore eyes during chemo. I believe for me it was the loss of eye lashes which usually protect the eyes that caused the problem. I found that cool cucumber slices helped, and when I was out and about sunglasses were always on me. Once my eyelashes came back, which took about 4 months after chemo, my eyes felt much better, although they do get more sore and tired than before treatment. I try and close them for 10 minutes each afternoon whenever possible!


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