... Hypatia- I am glad to hear no problem with the 4 plugs you had put in. But you say no great improvement either. It's almost hard to believe that with the 4 plugs , that you wouldn't have a big improvement. My 2 plugs in lower haven't really made much difference . Again the doc is pushing the restasis, but my pcp and I aren't enthusiastic about an immune modifier. I really... (9 replies)
... Eye for about 12 years now. I have tried many things over the years to try to alleviate the symptoms, but nothing has been extremely effective. I have been on Restasis for the last year. ... (9 replies)
... I can't speak on the effectiveness personally, because I am currently using the permenant plugs and Restasis. ... (2 replies)
did the sleep masks help?
I have not noticed much of a difference from using a sleep mask - maybe a slight improvement, but nothing that would attribute the main reason of my left eye's dryness to my sleeping patterns.
The only sleep mask that I can tolerate is a silk one - there are several companies that make them in the US -
It's too bad that the... (29 replies)
... the biggest and most profound difference for me. But I find it isn't as effective if I don't incorporate the other elements in my routine. I've also found that effectiveness has increased significantly now that i use it five to six times a day versus three. It's harmless to your eye, so I'm not concerned whatsoever. ... (2 replies)
... People without dry eye symptoms will never understand what it's like.
I got this from Google:
The Dry Eye Problem
There are two main ways that people get dry
eye – increased tear evaporation and decreased
The root cause for “evaporative” dry eye
is a condition called “meibomitis,” an inflammation (32 replies)
... I read that of the 1200 patients in the clinical trials, less than 1 percent dropped out due to lack of effectiveness. Even though Restasis increased the amount of tears produced by 59% of patients it also has a positive effect on the quality of the tears. So either way, it will help your tears: quanity and/or quality. (17 replies)
... Hi Purple - thanks for the info on Restasis. Sorry you're allergic to it. Are you suffering from blepharitis, too? If so, what are you doing to combat this condition?
Hi RB - NSAID in an acronym for "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug". Sometimes people prefer these drugs to steroids because steroids that are introduced into your system can have adverse affects on other... (36 replies)