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Old 11-02-2018, 12:09 PM
 
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I don't know much about eyes, but with a little general knowledge, we can make some deductions:


-the vast majority of corneal ulcers are caused by trauma-- dust, a poke, a clumsy application of a contact lens, etc, and treatment usually only requires patching the eye and maybe some antibiotic drops, "just in case." They heal remarkably fast, in most cases.

Smaller erosions may take a day or two to heal. If I have a larger erosion, it is typically over a week. Both often need a bandage contact lens.


- most cases are solitary- the guy never gets them again, Yours are recurrent and bad enough to require a special procedure for treatment. You must have some underlying condition (like seca syndrome?) that makes you vulnerable.

I have never heard of this syndrome, but I will read up on it. Thanks for mentioning it.


-Your specialist states that airplane flights are not known to cause ulcers. He's right, I'm sure, that probably nobody has collected enough cases of such to recognize the association and then publish it-- Doesn't mean it's not true, but it's probably very, very rare.

You are probably right. My physician thinks that any very dry condition, whether it is a room, an airplane, or something else, is going to increase the likelihood that an erosion will occur.


-airliner cabins probably have strong de-humidifiers-- a lot of people in an enclosed space all turning sugar into co2 + h20 for 3-4 hrs at a crack and breathing it into the air and they want to dry the air out. Add in those little ventilation fans, and you have dry, moving air drying out your cornea. Probably not a problem for most of us, but yours is a special case.


--If God had wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
Thanks for the laugh, Guido!!
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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The Muro 128 did not work for me as it seemed to only aggravate my eye. I stopped it after a few days. I have found, in general, that my eye has a tendency to become aggravated more when traveling due to air flow and usually drier air. In hotel rooms, I run the air on low and never any direct air flow towards me while sleeping.

Hello again - The Dx today was a small erosion, but I have a bandage contact lens in place and of course, more eye drops to take! I am with you on the Muro 128's - however, my physician put me back on them for the last erosion. I personally think that they make my eyes much worse. Since I just had PTK on this eye in July, they are calling it a failed PTK. I will find out next week if it needs to be repeated or if they will follow a different course.

Like you, I try to be very careful and mindful of the environment - no air blowing directly on me, no sleeping under ceiling fans, tons of drops during the day, etc. Oh well, I guess it is what it is.
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Old 11-02-2018, 02:53 PM
 
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I worked on and pressurized large military aircraft.
First, before pressurizing (for ground maintenance) I'd ensure there were no sinus issues in board. If so - get out! It wreaks painful havoc with sinus issues. That tells me that the pressurization system can affect certain conditions.
Second, to maintain a constant pressurization, air is always coming in and air is always bled off. I'm sure with passenger jets there is some level of circulation but it's not like the little tube in the sky is a perfectly sealed capsule. If it was, it would probably be a lot quieter.
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:45 AM
 
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My erosions have become smaller over time and this has been over a period of about 10 years. I have found that it is helpful to drink water each night before going to bed. Keeping the body hydrated is important. I have not needed a bandage contact lens for many years now.



Flying does bother my eyes and ears and I make sure I increase the eye drops when traveling. Motel rooms seem to have drier air as they often have ac/heat units. I prefer to shut the unit off in the room unless there is a lot of noise. I always sleep on the bed furthest from the heat/ac unit. If I get up in the night, I put in lubricating eye drops.



I take lutein on and off and have used coconut oil in my coffee. I don't know if the coconut oil has actually had any real effect on my eyes, but I have not had an erosion for quite a long time now.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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My erosions have become smaller over time and this has been over a period of about 10 years. I have found that it is helpful to drink water each night before going to bed. Keeping the body hydrated is important. I have not needed a bandage contact lens for many years now.



Flying does bother my eyes and ears and I make sure I increase the eye drops when traveling. Motel rooms seem to have drier air as they often have ac/heat units. I prefer to shut the unit off in the room unless there is a lot of noise. I always sleep on the bed furthest from the heat/ac unit. If I get up in the night, I put in lubricating eye drops.



I take lutein on and off and have used coconut oil in my coffee. I don't know if the coconut oil has actually had any real effect on my eyes, but I have not had an erosion for quite a long time now.
Last time I stayed at a hotel I got a nosebleed from the dry air and they had also used some chemical in the room that smelled like strong perfume and hurt my sinuses and lungs. Fortunately I had all my eye drops and ointments. I will bring a small humidifier next time I travel and request a chemical free room. Airplanes and hotels are just gamble if you have sinus, ear or eye problems. What a pain.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:01 PM
 
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I have had recurrent corneal erosion. I now have not had an incident since December 2017.
If you are interested in the treatment that my eye doctor prescribed for me and how i managed it please let me know.
Thanx, Mike
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