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    Desiree54 posted:
    One day in March of 2015 I awoke to red eyes and made an appointment to see my optometrist. He diagnosed Pink Eye and gave me some medication. At my next appointment, he determined I did not have Pink Eye and referred me to an ophthalmologist whom I saw until November of 2015. The ophthalmologist diagnosed me as having Iritis for those 9 months. In November of 2015, I came under the care of a new ophthalmologist who has not yet changed the diagnosis from Iritis, nor made a more definitive diagnosis, yet all of my eye symptoms are still the same: red eyes; eye pressure builds up daily in both eyes for which I take the eye drop Simbrinza; sometimes one or the other is painful at which time I take an 800 mg. Ibuprofen; eyes run water constantly; the other eye drops are Prednisolone, Pazeo, Restasis, and Oasis Tears. In addition, there is also the use of an eye mask and lid scrubs. As it is now March of 2016, this has been going on now for one full year, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why this condition cannot be cleared up in all this time.

    Does anyone have any ideas about what this can be. I'm about at my wit's end and ready to cry. Help!!
    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    It sounds like you are being treated for iritis (inflammation in the front, inside part of your eye) and elevated eye pressure (secondary glaucoma) and these are probably related to each other. Your doctor no doubt has searched for an underlying problem to explain why this has happened to you but often there is not one that can be found. These conditions can often be treated with medications but not often completely cured and the condition can recur after previous effective treatment.

    There are ophthalmologists who specialize in treating people with inflammation inside their eyes. Uveitis specialists.

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