Hello lovely people,
My name is Ellie. I am 27 years old and have severe Dry Eyes, Ocular Surface Disease and Blepharitis. I have had this for almost 5 years and have only really started to fully understand and accept it. It has affected my life greatly and even stopped me from doing the things I love, mainly fashion modelling. The flashing lights got too much for my eyes to handle (at this stage I was unaware I had severe Dry Eyes) and one day I had to go to hospital. Without knowing, I had Dry Eyes for over a year and so by the time I found out it was too late to repair the damage to my eyes. I will now forever have this problem.
5 years ago, after graduating from University, I wouldn’t leave the house due to having severe headaches, severe photo sensitivity and burning (red) eyes. I would wear my dark lens sunglasses everywhere, even at home. I would always turn off the lights off at home because I couldn’t bare any light. I wasn’t able to work because the lights in normal stores & buildings were too much for my eyes to handle and so I became depressed.
I was told most people that have SEVERE dry eyes are over the age of 60… So I was asking: Why do I have it then? How was it caused? Why was I fine and then suddenly I have severe dry eyes? Why can’t I wear makeup without my eyes burning? Why do I have to put eye drops in over 10x a day but still have dry eyes? 👀
I visit Moorefield’s Eye Hospital once or twice a year and have probably seen over 10 different Ophthalmologists 👨⚕️.
This is my journey and here I will share all my knowledge on Dry Eyes, MGD and Ocular Surface Disease 👁 and how I have managed to maintain a normal lifestyle using various products and making certain lifestyle changes that work for me.
Ellie 🙂 x