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Hi All

I am in desparate need of some help with my eyes. I have been suffering from dry eyes for the last 15 years. I can't even remember when they felt OK. The only time I could tolerate them was when I had a good long 10 hour sleep. About two years ago I decided I was going to do everything I could to rectify the problem. Since then I have tried in order:

Plugging up the tear ducts
Steroid eye drops
Every type of eye drop on the market
Sleeping with Goggles

My eyes are now far worse then they have ever been. The lates diagnosis I have is that I have Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis, Blepharitis and MGD. I have tried warm compresses but after about two attempts they make my eyes burn so much I can't do them any more. I have been on Doxycycline for the past 1.5 months. I have seen no improvement and I have developed a bad rash from this on my stomache. I stopped the doxy yesterday. The doxycycline was my only hope I have and now I can't take it as it is giving me this rash.

My eyes are always feeling dry and sore. They are especially worse in the morning as they are red and swolen. The eyelid margin is always red and I can see little bumps which I have been told are the blocked glands. My eyelashes fall out when I sleep due to this problem.

My questions are:

1) When I try and squeeze my eyelids I can't see any oil coming out at all. Is this because my eyes have stopped producing oil or because the glands are blocked? How do I tell?
2) Does anyone know any good alternative to doxycycline that I can try?

As I am only 30 years old and male (I heard this is a predominately a female disorder) I still have hope that one day I will be able to lead a normal life again.


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