Luke 11:34 - Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Your eyes are one of the most important organs of the body. They provide us with a view of our world and allow the world to see into our eyes and the pain or joy that’s inside our hearts.
When living with chronic pain, one of the less mentioned areas is the eyes.
Have you ever noticed when a tiny eyelash falls onto the eye, it causes the rest of our body to shout, “Get it off of me!”
Our eyes are sensitive to touch, heat and light. Our eyes aren’t just our visual input system they can become a true source of chronic pain and disease. And most of the diseases are very painful.
I live with a disease called Sjogren’s Syndrome. Many of you may know it as dry mouth, but did you know it also affects your throat, lungs and yes, your eyes? It’s a very painful disease. Learn about the symptoms in the article, “Conquering Sjogren’s Syndrome,” on sjogrens.org. Currently there is no cure for Sjogren's. You can find how the disease is treated in the article also.
Even with the above methods of treatment sometimes the eye pain still exists. This can be frustrating to the person experiencing eye pain. One of the ways it is difficult is that an outside observer can’t tell you have a problem. Yes, they may see you rub your eyes from time-to-time and your eyes can be red, but most of the time eye pain remains unseen.
That’s one reason why there are support groups for not only people in chronic pain, but also with eye conditions. You can find a link to such groups at the sjogrens.org website along with other helpful information.
Also, let’s take a look at the Bible verse above. It says that the eyes are the lamp of the body and that your eyes’ health affects not just the eyes but the whole body. This is another reason why seeking help from a doctor is important with persistent eye problems. The doctor can then help you find the right treatment for your chronic condition.
As with any condition or disease you may suspect you have always contact your physician.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.