2017 and what is the status of my eyes after 3 years in the driest climate??

•July 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

So, after a job transition, I ended up in sunny and dry Arizona.

It has been a great state overall, but I did experience super dry eyes to the point of not being able to wear my contacts and having to have a glare screen and a dark corner to sit in.

After about 2 years of living here I developed blepharitis and dry eyes so bad, that my eyes hurt.  I also developed an infection in my left eye that was later treated with surgery and removal of a stone (Canaliculitis).

After surgery, I’m doing well and just not wearing my contacts every day.  I’m being extra careful after that uncomfortable experience.

If you need any advice, please contact me at sasshigirl7@hotmail.com.

Thank you for reading and I hope this helps someone.




In 2016, I developed another infection in my left tear duct!

•July 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Hello all,

I was doing pretty good after moving to AZ and dealing with the dry climate, but in Sept 2016 developed drainage in my left eye, and severe dry eyes.

I was as told to stop wearing my contacts by my Opthalmalogist.

Went to an eye specialist in AZ and was diagnosed with Canaliculitis.

Basically, it is a deep infection (like a stone) in the tear duct.

In May 2017, had irrigation and drainage done in that tear duct and it was 100 % successful.

If you need the name of a great doctor in AZ, let me know.  She was gentle, nice and a perfectionist.   She did an Awesome job and no problems.  I was cleared to wear contacts again in May.

Hope everyone is doing well.




Update on my eyes and glare! Nov 2015

•November 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been out of commission! I moved 2500 miles and had some other big things to attend too!

My glare hasn’t gotten better, and I am still wearing the polarized sunglasses from 2 years ago and they seem to be doing a good job. I’m surprised, I haven’t lost them! I also have learned to work closer to home and forget highway driving at night!  My vision has decreased slightly, but still correctable in glasses or contacts.

I am getting a little of the tear duct irritation again, but I think it’s not that bad…   I certainly will not be going back for another surgery.  Something I am considering is heat applied to the lids of my eyes… it’s called LipiFlow.  This is a little summary of it:  “The LipiFlow® treatment is a twelve-minute, in office procedure using a device that comfortably heats and applies pressure to the eyelids to remove the obstruction of the oil producing glands. Preliminary studies demonstrate and average duration of symptom relief of 9 to 24 months.”  I’ll let you know if I get it and what happens with my eyes.

I am getting more headaches, but I think it’s do to an increase in computer devices. SO, now I not only have a laptop, but also a tablet and smartphone.  Someone must create a device that omits NO radiation or glare, don’t you think?

Hope everyone is doing well and if you want to reach out, please do so and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Much love,



•November 20, 2013 • 2 Comments

Well, folks… I had the pleasure of visiting a very nice vision center for low sighted individuals for a volunteer project I was working on.  Just so happens that the polarized glare sunglasses I got there work great and they were only $9.00.  They can fit over regular glasses or you can wear them alone!  I have seen these in popular vision centers and they were 20.00++.  I’m finding that my SMARTPHONE really bothers my eyes and I am trying to be on it less.

If you are interested in seeing a picture of the glasses, let me know!  I also got a fun pair to be worn when I am in more fashionable environments.  GO POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. I’m hoping to get a yellow pair for night driving.

Take care all!!

2 years + later and after a job in computers! What now?

•October 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Well, my fears are setting in.  I started a job doing medical computer work and it involved a bit of detailed work.  In the interview I noticed that some of the lighting was dimmer than what I have seen, so I was excited.  Well, I started and they didn’t set up my computer for a week.  To my surprise, what was delivered a week after starting was 2 large monitors over 20″ each.  Also, I would have a nice desk under some bright florescents.  I would be working on both monitors daily and also looking at EOB’s (insurance paperwork, and calculating how much refunds, insurance companies get, etc. etc.)  Well, my eyes started to effect me.  Migraines, intense eye strain, dry eyes, glare issues…  I asked for a glare screen, but they weren’t able to provide one for me…  To make a long story short… I had to leave!  I WILL NOT HARM MY HEALTH, MY PRECIOUS EYES, anymore than they are already… There were other things, but it is not necessary to go into them.  I’m now wondering what is the next step.  Do I need my own business to be able to adjust the lights and glare, and tend to my dry eyes?  I feel very disabled. So, I left that job and I have been blessed with other opportunities, but so far, nothing permanent, nothing…in stone, but I HAVE HOPE and DREAMS and determination to help other people. I am going to start a biz on my own… slowly, that way I can adjust when I work, how long, pamper myself, at the same time…take care of others and give back to the community!

Hope you all have a blessed week! 🙂  Tip for the week… Systane ointment for dry eyes at night works amazing for the dry feeling! 🙂


2 years after Endoscopic Tear Duct Surgery… How are my eyes now?

•August 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Well, I have to say that the eye infections have stopped… I went to daily contacts and a different brand in each eye.  I have done this for over a year and it’s working out well.  They are a little more expensive but so much better than getting nasty infections!  Your eyes are precious and the concept of taking out contacts daily really connects with me.

The glare and floaters in my left eye have gotten worse.  I’m a bit worried about working FT around computers, under fluorescent lights all day, … because the brighter the lights, the worse my eye issues.  Also, driving at night with oncoming (headlights) bothers me a bit too, but only in oncoming traffic.   The glare and floaters affect me by making me dizzy, giving me migraines and by impairing my vision (affecting my mood).

I’m eager to see if there will be a fix for the glare issues, besides constant sunglasses and dimmed light.  I even had to put my cell phone on a dim setting to look at it without getting migraines.

If you have any questions or concerns about your eyes, please post and I will do my best to respond 🙂  Take care and please be careful with your eyes.  RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH before any surgeries.  Hope all of you are doing great with your eyes!  You only have 1 pair.

Amanda 🙂Nature time with hubby

New eye symptom!!!

•April 4, 2013 • 1 Comment

Migraine headaches to die for!  I mean … the kind that make you run for a dark room, wanted:  >> no sounds, and an ice pack for your temples around your eyes… You can feel your pulse beating out of your head/eyes.

I don’t know if this is from the surgery or impairments to my eyes, but WOW, these are extremely painful!!

Anyone else with headaches?

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