one year later, still in need of artificial tear

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one year later, still in need of artificial tear

Postby kev999 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:46 pm

is this normal? my doctor told me right after the surgery to use it for a year. i feel i still can't live without it after one year. i'm using Allergan Refresh Tears btw.
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Postby LasikExpert » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:17 am

If you still require artificial tears one year after Lasik then your problem requires a more agressive management or it could be the artifical tears are actually a cause of the problem.

Refresh Tearsuse a preservative. All artificial tear preservatives are a mild toxin designed to kill what would otherwise grow in the solution. Each time you use them, you are applying a toxin to your eye. For most situations this is not a problem, but I recommend you switch to a preservative-free artificial tear and see if that makes a difference.

Have you had your tear quantity and tear quality tested? Is it possible that you do not require the artificial tears, but use them as a preventive measure?

If you do have dry eye, you may be a candidate for Restasis.
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Postby kev999 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:16 pm

LasikExpert wrote:If you still require artificial tears one year after Lasik then your problem requires a more agressive management or it could be the artifical tears are actually a cause of the problem.

Refresh Tearsuse a preservative. All artificial tear preservatives are a mild toxin designed to kill what would otherwise grow in the solution. Each time you use them, you are applying a toxin to your eye. For most situations this is not a problem, but I recommend you switch to a preservative-free artificial tear and see if that makes a difference.

Have you had your tear quantity and tear quality tested? Is it possible that you do not require the artificial tears, but use them as a preventive measure?

If you do have dry eye, you may be a candidate for Restasis.




i think it's becoming a habit now to use artificial tear once a while. i can't really say i absolutely need it but just feel more comfortable with it after watching tv or staring at a computer screen for a long stretch of time.
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