Dr. Manjunath Natarajan
M.B.B.S., M.S OPHTHALMOLOGY., FELLOW OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (U.K)., M.R.C.S EDINBURGH
Ophthalmology (Eye Care
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Dystrophies of the cornea are divided based on the layer of cornea involved. If the dystrophy is the cause of your headache, then your dystrophy must involve the outer layers of cornea. More than frank pain, these conditions cause irritation which increases on blinking, more during early morning hours.
If this is the case, then the best over-the-counter medication is Lacrigel (2% Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate). This medication is essentially a gel formulation of the drops your doctor has recommended and just like the drops, it will cause no side effects except for mild blurring soon after installation.
The exact diagnosis of such dystrophies can be done by a cornea specialist. In case you need any further information, please send a very clear and magnified photo of your cornea. I will do my best to help you.