Eye Exam post acute Covid phase?

Posted by tiredmommy @tiredmommy, May 26 7:53am

I scheduled an eye exam as it’s time for my annual visit. However, it’s very good timing as during my acute Covid phase I had a lot of eye issues. Some of the eye issues included: pink eye (I believe, not officially diagnosed), eye dust that was very hard and secreting constantly into eye corners, eye lids very droopy, eye lids secreting oil, lots of sinus pressure that I actually got a black eye from accidentally pressing too hard to remove hard crusted eye dust (did go to ER to test for platelet issues as dr was worried how I could bruise so easily but blood work was fine; not sure if that was a side effect of paxlovid or not), and twitching around eye.

I was told at eye exam today they can see if I have any eye nerve damage. Has anyone done eye exams, and if so, what type of procedures did you find helpful or what questions or info would you ask more about with your eye doctor?

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Hi @tiredmommy, I think it is an excellent idea to prepare a list of questions to take with you to the eye exam. I had a similar experience prior to having cataract surgery for both of my eyes but at the time my only questions were about which types of lenses are best for my vision needs – mostly driving vs computer screen time and reading.

I did find a great list to start with on VisionAware.org — Questions to Ask Your Eye Care Specialist: https://visionaware.org/your-eye-condition/eye-health/questions-you-should-ask/

One particular tip shared that I think is key is to take a friend or relative along with you – "It’s a good idea to have a friend or relative accompany you whenever you make a visit to an eye care specialist or any other health care provider. This person can be your memory jogger and remind you about questions you want to ask. Also, since your eyes will be dilated for the examination, you may need a driver and a pair of sunglasses to help with the glare and light sensitivity that can result from dilation."

Do you have another eye exam scheduled?

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Hi @tiredmommy, I think it is an excellent idea to prepare a list of questions to take with you to the eye exam. I had a similar experience prior to having cataract surgery for both of my eyes but at the time my only questions were about which types of lenses are best for my vision needs – mostly driving vs computer screen time and reading.

I did find a great list to start with on VisionAware.org — Questions to Ask Your Eye Care Specialist: https://visionaware.org/your-eye-condition/eye-health/questions-you-should-ask/

One particular tip shared that I think is key is to take a friend or relative along with you – "It’s a good idea to have a friend or relative accompany you whenever you make a visit to an eye care specialist or any other health care provider. This person can be your memory jogger and remind you about questions you want to ask. Also, since your eyes will be dilated for the examination, you may need a driver and a pair of sunglasses to help with the glare and light sensitivity that can result from dilation."

Do you have another eye exam scheduled?

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Thanks so much for link and info! I have a friend that offered to take me so I’m glad I took her up on that as forgot that my eyes may be blurry. I’ll let folks know if my eye dr shares anything of interest as we navigate post Covid symptoms. Appreciate the info!

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To loop back. The dr said no nerve damage. I had a baseline from going to her before and nothing changed in vision, nerves, eye movement, eye parts, etc. It was a relief.

Oddly though one thing that did change that I didn’t have before is now I have blepharitis.

Overview:
Most of the time, blepharitis happens because you have too much bacteria on your eyelids at the base of your eyelashes. Having bacteria on your skin is normal, but too much bacteria can cause problems. You can also get blepharitis if the oil glands in your eyelids get clogged or irritated.

So she prescribed an eye lid scrub that can be used on sensitive skin and eyes like mine once or twice a week that I close eyes, rub on eye lids and rinse off in shower. So that is a new post-Covid symptom I never had a month after Covid. Sharing in case others notice more oily eye lids after Covid. Not advocating for a product, but for reference in case it’s helpful she gave me Ocusoft which is over the counter and you can get at optometrist (but also Target or Amazon I noticed).

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@tiredmommy

To loop back. The dr said no nerve damage. I had a baseline from going to her before and nothing changed in vision, nerves, eye movement, eye parts, etc. It was a relief.

Oddly though one thing that did change that I didn’t have before is now I have blepharitis.

Overview:
Most of the time, blepharitis happens because you have too much bacteria on your eyelids at the base of your eyelashes. Having bacteria on your skin is normal, but too much bacteria can cause problems. You can also get blepharitis if the oil glands in your eyelids get clogged or irritated.

So she prescribed an eye lid scrub that can be used on sensitive skin and eyes like mine once or twice a week that I close eyes, rub on eye lids and rinse off in shower. So that is a new post-Covid symptom I never had a month after Covid. Sharing in case others notice more oily eye lids after Covid. Not advocating for a product, but for reference in case it’s helpful she gave me Ocusoft which is over the counter and you can get at optometrist (but also Target or Amazon I noticed).

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I hope the Ocusoft lid scrub works well for you. My eye doctor recommended it to me a few years ago. After using it for awhile, I ended up having a reaction to it. My eyelids became red and itchy. I began using Theratears SteriLid antimicrobial eyelid cleanser. It comes in a spray bottle. I dip clean cotton swabs in it and clean each eyelid. You don't have to rinse it off. It has been working well for me, no bad reactions. I use it daily. I thought I would suggest it to you, just in case.

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Oh great tip. Thank you! She said for sensitive eyes don’t use daily so I was going to try once a week. But if I do get reaction I’ll check out your recommendation. Appreciate you taking time to share!!

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