dry again :(

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Postby texaseyes » Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:20 pm

Had my 2 1/2 month O.D. appt. today. He stained my eyes and said I had dry spots all over so that's what's causing my burning pain. It's so frustrating because about a month ago I thought I was improving, and now they hurt so bad. We're taking our kids to Disneyland in a few weeks and instead of looking forward to it I'm dreading being on the dry, dry plane and fearing what being outdoors will do to me. I can barely make it through a day at home.

I am doing flax seed oil, fish oil, Biotears, Restasis, warm compresses and drops every two hours (or more if I can't stand it). I find that Refresh Dry Eye Therapy (same as Endura only in a bottle) is what feels the best to me, at least right now. The rice sock compress with 40 seconds in the microwave really feels good, but unfortunately that too is temporary.

Personally, I am not ready to adopt the attitude that I'm just going to live with this. I want to have some hope that it will improve with time. It's so hard when you have a setback to think you're improving, though.

I pray about this and will keep all of you in my prayers as well.
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Postby texaseyes » Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:21 pm

Had my 2 1/2 month O.D. appt. today. He stained my eyes and said I had dry spots all over so that's what's causing my burning pain. It's so frustrating because about a month ago I thought I was improving, and now they hurt so bad. We're taking our kids to Disneyland in a few weeks and instead of looking forward to it I'm dreading being on the dry, dry plane and fearing what being outdoors will do to me. I can barely make it through a day at home.

I am doing flax seed oil, fish oil, Biotears, Restasis, warm compresses and drops every two hours (or more if I can't stand it). I find that Refresh Dry Eye Therapy (same as Endura only in a bottle) is what feels the best to me, at least right now. The rice sock compress with 40 seconds in the microwave really feels good, but unfortunately that too is temporary.

Personally, I am not ready to adopt the attitude that I'm just going to live with this. I want to have some hope that it will improve with time. It's so hard when you have a setback to think you're improving, though.

I pray about this and will keep all of you in my prayers as well.
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Postby Betty39 » Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:09 am

Texaseyes,
Definitely at 2 1/2 months you will improve. I have improved BIG TIME since then. Like I said in my prior post, I tend to forget how bad I was in the beginning and then my husband reminds me how far I have come. I didn't mean to imply you should give up hope. I just meant half the battle for me has been struggling with the question is the burning ever going to go away totally. At 6 months I am sick of it already! So I am adopting the idea that if it never goes away totally then I am determined not to let it ruin my otherwise happy life. That kind of takes the anxiety away a bit for me. Hopefully we will all get back to feeling good once again.
But absolutely, never give up hope. And definitely you will feel better at 6 months then you do now.
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Dry Eyes

Postby richbron » Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:47 am

I wish my dry eyes was just simply burning/stinging. I am almost 18 months post op and my vision still fluctuates to such a degree that an hour after waking up I struggle to read a computer, distance vision is near impossible. My vision fluctuates so tremendously that glasses and contacts are out of the question - unless of course I had 3 pairs and used them interchangeably (morning, afternoon and evening). Of course contacts do not fit (nor do they work!!!!!!!!!)

I have spent more in the last year visiting countless "experts" than I did on the intial surgery. All the doctors say is I have "mild to moderate" dry eye, but this should not have the effect on my vision that I decribe.

My life has really changed since the op and have serious regrets about doing - I chose the best surgeon. My advice to anyone thinking of doing thi is THINK AGAIN.
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Postby Betty39 » Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:17 am

Richbron,
Sorry to hear of your difficulties. I assume you have tried all the usual remedies and Restasis? Did you have dry eye issues prior to your surgery? It's so easy to think only 3% of patients have long term side effects, it won't happen to me. But if it does it 100% sucks. Have you gone on Dryeye Zone? There is support there for coping with and managing your dry eyes. I found it helpful.
~Betty
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Postby texaseyes » Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:18 pm

Hi Richbron,

Is your vision good at any point in time, like when you first wake up? I have fluctuations in my drier eye, but it actually improves from when I first wake up when it's the blurriest. I know it sounds wierd, but a sock filled with about half a cup of rice and microwaved for 40 seconds and used for about 5 or 10 minutes as a compress sometimes helps my vision. I think it stimulates a few tears or perhaps reduces inflamation a little. It's temporary, but maybe it could give you more insight on your vision fluctuations. I read that corneal nerves after LASIK don't get back to normal densities for 5 years after LASIK, so things are STILL going on in your eye. Has your doctor tried a steriod drop for you? I assume they checked your retina, optic nerve and macula during all those exams. There is an ointment called Muro that draws moisture out of a swollen cornea. Has anyone had you try that? It didn't help me, but it may help someone else.
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Postby texaseyes » Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:25 pm

Richbron,

One other thought. When your vision is "bad", can the eye doctor put a refractive lens on to correct it? If so, then it's not dry eye. If not, it could be dry eye or a bad ablation.
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