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Map Dot Fingerprint Dystrophy

Posted In: Map Dog Fingerprint Dystrophy 5 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 27, 2006
  • 11:14 AM

Hello, I'm new. I have this MDFD thing - had it for about 20 years. It only affects me at night, when my eyes get so dry that they would stick to my eyelid if I didn't put some stuff in.

My questions are: Anyone else with this annoyance?

Also - and I think I need an expert for this: How much is too much of the lubricants to put in?? I would have to repeat the dose about 5-6 times per night, and I am worried about the continual use. So I end up making up a saline solution myself, and putting that in 5-6 times a night. Figure it is better than all that stuff with preservatives.

This only affects me at night, except for the light sensitivity thing, and the occasional headaches. And the funny thing is, if I sleep on my left side, the top eye (right) is affected far more than the left, and conversely if I sleep on my right side. How come? Does the fluid drain down from the top or something

Anyway, enough questions for now. Hope someone has some answers.
Cheers!

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  • I had the same thing a few years ago. When I would wake up, my cornea would tear off my eye. I had a keratotomy and diamond burr debridement procedure.It was a pain, but I healed to 20/20, and it hasn't recurred yet. 4 years now. I think it is really the only way to permanently heal it. Do yourself a favor and consult a surgical opthamologist...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 08:33 PM
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  • I had the same thing a few years ago. When I would wake up, my cornea would tear off my eye. I had a keratotomy and diamond burr debridement procedure.It was a pain, but I healed to 20/20, and it hasn't recurred yet. 4 years now. I think it is really the only way to permanently heal it. Do yourself a favor and consult a surgical opthamologist...You healed to 20/20??What was your vision before?Did the procedure cure your Map Dot Fingerprint dystrophy AND improve your visual acuity??
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  • Hello, I'm new. I have this MDFD thing - had it for about 20 years. It only affects me at night, when my eyes get so dry that they would stick to my eyelid if I didn't put some stuff in. My questions are: Anyone else with this annoyance? Also - and I think I need an expert for this: How much is too much of the lubricants to put in?? I would have to repeat the dose about 5-6 times per night, and I am worried about the continual use. So I end up making up a saline solution myself, and putting that in 5-6 times a night. Figure it is better than all that stuff with preservatives. This only affects me at night, except for the light sensitivity thing, and the occasional headaches. And the funny thing is, if I sleep on my left side, the top eye (right) is affected far more than the left, and conversely if I sleep on my right side. How come? Does the fluid drain down from the top or something Anyway, enough questions for now. Hope someone has some answers.Cheers! I do have MDFCD, but luckily haven't had much trouble with it so far. I know you're right to be concerned about the preservatives, but you can buy eye lubricants that don't have them. They come in individual-use containers and, of course, cost more, but maybe it's worth it.
    AgnosticJaz 23 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 01:29 AM
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  • I was just diagnosed with this also. I had the debridement, but not with the diamond burr. He just used what looked like a small scapel. So far, no problems with eye. It's been almost a month now. Had a very minor erosion in my other eye about 1 week ago. Nothing major, but I was terrified to go back to sleep. I use the salt drops three times a week and ointment every night. Also keep a bottle of Refresh Tears by the bed and put them in before I open my eyes. Was wondering about the diamond burr debridement and if it cures the erosions?
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  • For those of you who have had the scraping, how painful exactly IS it?I've been through three open heart operations and other surgeries ... I can't imagine it would compare to that, but still the idea of scraping my eye freaks me out!
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