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This may sound like a stupid question, but I am sincerely wanting to know exactly what your dry eyes symptoms are. My doctor diagnosed dry eyes today, and I don't think my symptoms sound like what his pamphlet says.

I've had problems with itchy eyes for about 6 months. I really think this is related to a cat that "adopted" me about that time. I was letting her in the house and found my eyes were very itchy. Now that I keep her outside, it feels better, except when I get around her a lot.

For the record, I've been on allergy shots for 1.5 years because of a breathing problem. I tested allergic to cats, but not highly.

My eyeballs themselves do not bother me. It is the upper and lower lids that itch. It's the skin AROUND my eyes that itches, my eyeballs are fine. Not red, irritated or anything.

The dry eye pamphlet talks about scratchy eyes, burning, stinging. Eyes that get bothered when you get in windy weather. It sounds like they are talking about the actual eyeball, not the skin around it. My eyes don't have these problems.

I've looked at quite a few sites on the internet, and they all say the same thing. I can't figure out if they mean the eyeball, or skin around it!

Anyways, I'm in a quandry wondering whether this is "dry eyes" or an allergic reaction to this cat! I could understand it being an allergy because the membranes around your eyes and nose get irritated by allergies. Not your actual eyeballs. You can sneeze and get swollen nasal passages (sounds like a commercial!).

By the way, I put the artificial tear eyedrops sample he gave me in my eyes when I got home, and I don't notice any difference. It's been about an hour or so. THe skin around my eyes always feels a little itchy. And if I dare touch it and scratch, there will be hell to pay. So I just try to stand it and keep my fingers away from my eyes!

So if anybody (or lots of bodies) would please give me detailed information on exactly how your dry eyes feel, I would SO appreciate it.

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