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How is everyone doing that was having dry eye issues? Any improvements? I am at the 9 week mark and still lots of issues.

Curious to hear from you all!

Tera
Hi there,
I am also struggling with dry eyes and I am at the 14 week mark. Almost from the start I have had to use eye gel at night and drops every 2 hours. Was told to use Refresh Endura b/c they are thicker drops than most. What are you using?
Always a stuggle to see well in the morning, vision gets better as the day goes on.
Hi girls, You will probably hear from lots of dry eye people because it is an issue after lasik. I am still messing with it at 6 months. Although lots of people get better as time goes by. Are you taking any supplements? There are alot of good ones to try. Biotears vitamins are very good. Also flaxseed oil and Omega 3 vitamins are very good. I take all three and I do think that it has helped. Lots of water too. Just keep trying different things that might help. It still can get lots better. Take care Goba
Hi, Jemm33,

I am currently using Dr Holly's drop, Dakrina, from the dry eye zone. I know I am only supposed to be using preservative free, but this is the only drop that keeps me relatively comfortable. :rolleyes: If I use something like Systane (or any of the other millions I have tried LOL) I get major eye irritation from blinking with not enough lubrication. I also use Theratears liquigel in the evening when I get home from work until bedtime (I would use it during the day but it takes along time for my vision to clear after using), when I use Genteel Gel. I also do a warm compress for about 30 minutes in the evening if I am having a bad day. This routine works great for me most of the time, but I still have bad weeks about every other week or so.
[QUOTE=goba]Hi girls, You will probably hear from lots of dry eye people because it is an issue after lasik. I am still messing with it at 6 months. Although lots of people get better as time goes by. Are you taking any supplements? There are alot of good ones to try. Biotears vitamins are very good. Also flaxseed oil and Omega 3 vitamins are very good. I take all three and I do think that it has helped. Lots of water too. Just keep trying different things that might help. It still can get lots better. Take care Goba[/QUOTE]

Hi Goba,

I do take Theratears Nutrition every day along with a good multivitamin. I also do try to make sure I drink alot of water. I drank a lot of wine the weekend before last and I had a bad week last week, so no more wine for me either. :(
You said you are taking the Biotears? I looked at those and was tempted but they are so expensive. But, if I get desperate enough I am sure they won't look so bad. I think I might try and get some Flax Seed Oil and start taking that too.

Thanks for the advice.

Tera
I am a year and a half post op and still having dry eye issues. I am using both Systane (during the day) and a kind of generic (I think) drop called MiniDrops. I use those if I need to lubricate in the middle of the night and when I first get up in the AM. It seems to be doing ok. But, today my right eye (which is the better of the two) is kind of blurry. I just put some systane in it. I'll see in a bit if that helps. Anyway, over-all, my eyes have gotten better since the first 8 or so months. I think even since my 1 year mark. I hope they continue to get better until I don't have to even think about drops in the near future. It would be nice not have have to spend the rather large sum of money I have had to spend on drops over the past year and a half.

I hope everything continues to improve for all of you! Try to stay positive.
[QUOTE=goba]Hi girls, You will probably hear from lots of dry eye people because it is an issue after lasik. I am still messing with it at 6 months. Although lots of people get better as time goes by. Are you taking any supplements? There are alot of good ones to try. Biotears vitamins are very good. Also flaxseed oil and Omega 3 vitamins are very good. I take all three and I do think that it has helped. Lots of water too. Just keep trying different things that might help. It still can get lots better. Take care Goba[/QUOTE]

I am also taking some supplements, although I my eyes are still dry (according to my last appointment last week) but I will still take the Omega 3's b/c I keep reading how good they are for general health anyway :) I'm also taking Vitamin C tablets everyday. I'll look for Biotears vitamins.
If my eyes don't show improvement within the next month, they want me to try plugs. Anyone know anything about these?
Hello everyone,

I had the surgery done in March 2006. Right from the start, my eyes were really dry. I think they said it was a Q3 level of dryness (something like 75% of my eye was really dry, and Q4 being the worst.) At my one month check up they said I would most likely have to consider tear duct plugs. I was really starting to regret having had the surgery, and having images of using drops for the rest of my life. They also recommended increasing my water intake, and flax seed supplements. I was using Refresh LiquidGel ~ 4 times a day, and Refresh Tears between that. I was lucky in that my eyes weren't all that sore - though 8 hours in front of a computer daily sure didn't help. Mornings were the only time I really noticed.

But here's the ray of light: all dryness was gone by 3 months. I was taking the flax seed, but not as diligently as I should have been. It's now been almost 6 months and I'm completely satisfied. Just wanted to let everyone know that this too may pass. I truly thought my eyes were ruined - and quite suddenly they were all better. Hope it works out this well for everyone.
Hang in there! It sounds like you are improving. I am a little over a year post-op :eek: and I still have dry eye symptoms. They have improved some though and hopefully they will keep doing so.

Steroid drops really helped me too and then I started Restasis. It also helps with inflammation. You might want to ask your doctor about this.

Take Care!
Missy
I'm 10 months post-op and use drops daily, but do find that the weather makes a difference. I don't take my biotears like I should and like the suggestions of the other oils.

One of my eyes was dry before the Sx so I expected it and worried about it.

I did get eye plugs and do think they are helping since one fell out of my less dry eye and it is bugging me more. I need to find a new doc now cuz of new insurance and get a new plug. My suggestion on the plugs is to ask the doc to try to put in the biggest possible plugs. I had both fall out and replaced with larger plugs once already.
Tera,
I am sorry to hear that you are struggling. I am nearing 2 years post op and am still seeing improvement in my dry eye condition. I am down to only needing drops first thing in the am and before bed. Sometimes I put drops in in the middle of the night because they are really crispy as I sleep and, if I wake up to use the bathroom, I am pretty uncomfy. Same with the first thing in the AM.

One thing I want to tell you is that the Refresh Endura is not a great idea. They have preservatives in them, you will get addicted and they will cause you more discomfort in the future. I was using them inside my first year after my surgery and, when I went in to see my eye doc, he was shocked to know that I was using drops roughly every 15 minutes to half hour. When he found out I was using the Endura, he told me to stop using that immediately. He told me to use the Systane once an hour for a couple weeks and if I didn't see any improvement to let him know. It was almost exactly 2 weeks later that I did see improvement. A couple months ago, I found a new drop that I am dedicated to. It is call Optics Laboratory Mini Drops Eye Therapy. Google that and it will give you a link that will show you what the box looks like. I get mine from Publix grocery store. Not sure where you can find them in your area but, among all the drops that I have tried over the past nearly 2 years, I love these and have stuck with them for several months now.

Take care, take heart and know that it does get better. 5 months post op is still really early in the healing process. I think I started seeing marked improvement around my 10 month anniversary and have been seeing more and more improvement every month since then.
Tera,
I used the individual bottle things too with the Refresh Endura. But, now that I remember, I believe it was the thickness that was the problem with the drops that made my eye doc tell me to discontinue using them as they only end up causing more irritation due to whatever it is in them that makes them adhere to or stay on the eye longer.

All I know is that I used the Refresh Endura for a decent amount of time, found myself getting more and more needy of them and, once I gave them up for another drop, my dryness got tons better and I have been doing better on a monthly basis ever since. But, maybe you will be different and you won't have the problem I had with them. I hope the best for you! Try to be patient! I know it is tough when it seems like it is never going to get better.

Take care!
Tera and JEM,
I reuse my vials. I think that as long as you don't let anyone else touch the opened vials, don't kick them around in dirt and, if your hands are dirty, don't touch the tip, they are ok to reuse until they are empty. I have been doing that for nearly 2 years now. I just usually leave a vial on my desk at work and then transfer any open vials (1 or less a day) from the bathroom counter to my night stand in my house. But, even when I needed to carry them around due to the need to use them at least once an hour, I still carried the open vials. I would just fold it into a clean tissue/kleenex and tuck it into a pocket. If you have an infection of some kind in your eye, you might consider only using the vial once since you can transfer an infection from your eye to the vial and keep reinfecting yourself. Otherwise, as long as your eyes are healthy (minus the dry eye) the vial should stay fine. I am not a doctor so, what I have just said is based on my own experience. I can't even begin to imagine how much more money I would have spent over the past nearly 2 years if I threw away each vial after only one use. Yikes! Only the surgery would be slightly more expensive by about $5 if that were the case! Heheh!

Take care!





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