How It All Started

Hello lovely people,

My name is Ellie. I am 29 years old and have severe Dry Eyes, Ocular Surface Disease and Blepharitis. I have had this for almost 6 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.

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6 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

First blog post

4 thoughts on “How It All Started

  1. Baydreamer says:

    Hi Ellie,
    I’d love to hear more about the bleph. I’ve had it for a year, but it’s not too bad. The big change for me was to stop wearing mascara, which is a bummer now that I’m in my fifties and fighting (and embracing) the aging process. Anyway, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s also life-changing and does affect the way we feel about ourselves. Take care, Lauren

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    • elliesdryeyes says:

      Hi Lauren, thank you for your comment! I will make sure to share a post focusing on blepharitis also and how I have managed to control mine better following a strict routine. It is definitely normal to feel like that as I also am upset about the changes it has made to my makeup routine. Hopefully my safe makeup tips will help you, the same way they have helped me x

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      • Baydreamer says:

        Thanks, Ellie! I look forward to your post. Even though I don’t wear eye makeup anymore, I’m getting used to it. I’m also older, too, so at 57, I don’t feel the need, I suppose. My husband and kids tell me that I look great without makeup. I don’t believe them, but it is liberating. 🙂 I’m also doing the warm compresses and lid scrubs with baby shampoo, and the symptoms are minimal. So, I can’t complain. Anyone looking at my eyes wouldn’t know about the condition, which is good. Anyway, thanks again and take care…🌼

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  2. photosociology says:

    Thanks for sharing about a condition that must have caused you as much emotional pain as physical.

    I look forward to seeing how your blog and life develops. Sending you my best wishes.
    Richard.

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