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I can't explain that, because I think this eye doctor is wrong. He should be trying to proctect your eye from further damage. If he is worried about infection, then let him give you a lens that you can change every day, or let him have you come in for frequent exams to make sure it is not harming you. That's what my doctor did when I had to wear a bandage lens when I had the corneal ulcer. He put the lens in for me and had me come back every two-three days so that he could change it and examine me. If the lens fell out, I went back sooner.

Infections can be dealt with if you develop one. The point now is to try to prevent your eye from developing these filaments and allow the surface time to heal.
NAC IS SHORT FOR N-ACETYL-CYSTEINE YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THIS AS A SUPPLEMENT, IT IS A MUCOLYTIC AGENT. THE MURO 128 IS FOR CORNEAL EDEMA, IT ALSO IS SUPPOSE TO HELP WITH THE FILAMENTS. OMG I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY ABOUT THOSE FILAMENTS STUCK TO YOUR EYES? HOW CAN THAT BE? IS THE MUCOS SO THICK IT STICKS THAT BADLY, ARE THE FILAMENTS REALLY JUST HARD MUCUS? SO YOU DO SUFFER FROM THE STRINGS, IS IT A CONSTANT BOTHER TO YOU? FROM THE TIME YOU WAKE UP TO THE TIME YOU GO TO BED ARE YOU PULLING STRINGS OUT OF YOUR EYES LIKE I DO?
I JUST ASSUMED THAT I HAD FK AS I HAD THESE MUCUS STRINGS IN MY EYES ALL THE TIME AND I AM NOT SURE WHY THIS IS HAPPENING? I HAVE TRIED THE RESTASIS AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY!! I PAID LIKE $80 FOR IT AND IT DIDN'T WORK, SO NOW IM GOING TO TRY THESE NAC EYE DROPS IF THE EYE DOCTOR WILL PRESCRIBE THEM FOR ME AND I AM ALSO GOING TO TRY THOSE BLOOD SERUM DROPS, ANYTHING TO GET THESE DAMN STRING GONE AND MAYBE HELP MY DRY EYE. I WILL TRY THE BIO TEARS, RIGHT NOW I USE THE MURO 128 AND JUST A REGULAR ARTIFICAL TEAR. MAYBE YOU CAN TRY THE ***** TEAR OR THE DARKINA OR DWELLE, YOU CAN BUY IT ON THE DRY EYE ZONE WEBSITE.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR TO GET THOSE TAKEN OUT? EYE DROPS DON'T SOFTEN THEM UP? IM SO VERY VERY SORRY FOR YOUR PAIN, YES I KNOW THE STRINGY MUCUS IS A PAIN BUT I GUESS I REALLY DON'T HAVE FK, THAT IS HORRIBLE, I HAD NO IDEA THAT IT STICKS TO YOUR EYES? I DO HAVE STICKY LONG STRANDS OF MUCUS THAT IS ALMOST LIKE RUBBER WHEN I PULL THEM OUT BUT THEY NEVER STICK THAT BAD, AT TIMES THEY STICK PRETTY GOOD TO MY CORNEA BUT I PULL THEM OUT.
THANK-YOU FOR WELCOMING ME AND I WILL KEEP IN TOUCH. DELILAH

In more severe cases of filamentary keratitis, pharmaceuticals may help to eliminate the filaments and improve patient comfort. N-acetylcysteine (Mucomyst) is a mucolytic agent used primarily as an inhalant for patients with bronchial disease such as emphysema, pneumonia or cystic fibrosis. In its topical form (2-10%), acetylcysteine effectively dissolves corneal filaments. While not commercially available in the United States, you can readily obtain acetylcysteine from a compounding pharmacist.

Manage more severe forms of filamentary keratitis with a high-water (~70%), soft bandage contact lens with prophylactic antibiotic drops bid-tid. Be prepared to manage this condition for prolonged periods. Filamentary keratitis may take weeks or even months to resolve, depending on the etiology and the aggressiveness of therapy.
Hopefully the bandage lens will give your cornea the rest and protection that it needs so that it can heal and you won't have this problem anymore.
[QUOTE=purple2067]Hopefully the bandage lens will give your cornea the rest and protection that it needs so that it can heal and you won't have this problem anymore.[/QUOTE]

That has been the hope for over 4 months now, and as soon as the eye heals the docs take off the lense and it is back in trauma mode within a few days...
Jonny :
I have monitored your case for a long time. Purple has provided good insight.
It is known that the management of more severe forms of filamentary keratitis,a high-water (~70%), soft bandage contact lens with prophylactic antibiotic drops is needed. Be prepared to manage this condition for prolonged periods. Filamentary keratitis may take weeks or even months to resolve, depending on the etiology and the aggressiveness of therapy. Even after the filaments dissipate, the underlying disease must be controlled or recurrences are likely.

You stated that your last Eye Doc (Optometrist) was willing to work with you and provide a soft bandage contact lens. This appears to be the best management care, and you may have to accept the fact that you will need to wear this bandage soft contact lens for a long time while to underlying symptoms are resolved.

Stay postive and you will heal :)

Eyes
[QUOTE=EYESTWO22]Jonny :
I have monitored your case for a long time. Purple has provided good insight.
It is known that the management of more severe forms of filamentary keratitis,a high-water (~70%), soft bandage contact lens with prophylactic antibiotic drops is needed. Be prepared to manage this condition for prolonged periods. Filamentary keratitis may take weeks or even months to resolve, depending on the etiology and the aggressiveness of therapy. Even after the filaments dissipate, the underlying disease must be controlled or recurrences are likely.

You stated that your last Eye Doc (Optometrist) was willing to work with you and provide a soft bandage contact lens. This appears to be the best management care, and you may have to accept the fact that you will need to wear this bandage soft contact lens for a long time while to underlying symptoms are resolved.

Stay postive and you will heal :)

Eyes[/QUOTE]

I totally agree, and thanks. The lense must be worn for an extended period along with measures to encourage normal tear production in the offending eye. And, the optometrist, though possessing less formal credentials, is the most knowledgeable and sensible doctor I have found for this condtion.
Jonny412 : How is your high water(70%)soft bandage contact lens treatment progressing ? I truly hope your Optometrist has found the right answer for you FK problems.

Purple : Keep "looking" for the right combination of drops for your "own" comfort. Forget the "so called friends" that have no insight to your eye discomforts. (Re : Your IOP, I hope it is still staying in the 12mmHg to 15mmHg normal range, and that Flarex is not going to drive the IOP back up).

Just know that "THE EYES" -- also reads "THEY SEE" if you just move the letters around ! :cool:

Eyes
Jonny, I had tried contact lenses a few years ago and discovered that my eyes were too dry to hold them in, as contact lenses float in your tear film, of which I have very little. I wore a bandage contact lens for a few weeks when I had a corneal ulcer, but there were days when it just would not stay in due to the dryness. I was not allowed to put the lens in myself fue to my fragile cornea, so if it fell out I had to call my doctor and go in and have him put another one in. I don't really have a reason to wear a bandage lens on my eye(s) right now. Thank God, I have no abrasions or filaments. Bandage lenses would not help with dryness. Since I have no moisture in my eyes, a bandage lens would be almost impossible to keep in. Only if I ever had another abrasion or ulcer or more filaments would I use a contact lens again. Right now, having a contact lens in either eye would just do me more harm than good. For me, there is more of a chance that my eye would be too dry and the contact len s would move and scratch my cornea.

Thanks for the thoughtful suggestion though. I am glad that the bandage lens seems to be working for you. You know, I don't know how long one can use a bandage lens for. I don't think there is a time limit. I mean, people who wear the contact lenses that get left in only take them out once a week or something like that. People wear contact lenses every day without having a problem. Just that yours has to be left in 24/7. How often do you change the lens or get it changed by your doctor?
No, unfortunately even soaking the lens with tears would not help me. If I had a real reason to use a bandage lens then I would have to try, but just having dry eyes alone is not a reason to use a bandage contact lens. When I had that nasty ulcer I used one for a few weeks. It really helped tremendously with the pain. It also helped the cornea heal because my eyelid was not constantly rubbing up against it. BUT, it was extremely difficult to keep it in the eye all the time. It kept falling out because of the dryness. I believe that I had a lens that was made especially to be a bandage lens. You know, I read an article in Reader's Digest a few years ago that said they are making a contact lens that can actually dispense medicine right to the eye. That would be wonderful for someone like you. Probably wouldn't help me because my dry eyes couldn't hold it in, but maybe it's something for you to look forward to.

I am glad you finally found a doctor who is willing to take time with you and do what is necessary. Don't worry yourself now with what will happen when he retires. Unless he is of retirement age, you don't need to worry right now. And hopefully this problem won't last forever. I know how you feel though. I can't imagine myself ever not being able to go to my current Ophthalmologist. I will not move away from here because I would never find someone like him to treat my eye problems, or someone who even knows about this stuff. I worry what will happen to me in 30-35 years when he is ready to retire! It upsets me that if I ever get cataracts, he'll probably be retired by then and not be able to do my cataract surgery! LOL! So I know how you feel!





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