posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 08:08 PM
I am posting this under "Health and Wellness" and hopefully this is the right place.
Does anybody else have problems with dry eye or DES (Dry Eye Syndrome)? I've been having problems for the past month or so now. I wake up in the
morning and my eyes are so dry when I open them that I can not focus for a few minutes. On some days my right eye hurts under the upper eyelid. I
went to my Eye Doctor and apparently, we are supposed to retain a tear for about ten seconds in our eye, and we usually blink every ten seconds so
this works out nicely to keep our eyes moisturized with tears.
She put some dye in my eyes and tested me, and my left eye lasts 2-3 seconds, and my right eye only lasts for 1 second before it dries. For now, she
told me to use Systane Ultra drops 4 times daily, plus my Patenol allergy drops 2 times daily (morning and night) plus Genteal gel drops right before
bed. In addition, I have to wash my (closed lids) eyelashes for 30 seconds twice a day with baby shampoo. Interesting one, that, but it seems it is
pretty common when I google it.
I am supposed to do this for 2 weeks and then if it doesn't work, she can prescribe a low level hormone, or she also mentioned putting in "punctal
plugs" that are supposed to keep the tears in the eyes. It has been a week so far, the drops last only a very short time, the Genteal is just gummy
feeling, it doesn't seem to help, and there has been no real improvement so far. So I'm starting to think about the follow-up.
I would much rather not take hormones, so I'm much more interested in the plugs. I have a couple of concerns, though, so I'm wondering if there are
any ATS members who have them... If so - how long have they been in? Did they help right away? Have they ever been infected? Have you ever blown
your nose and had them come out? For that matter, have they ever come out at all?
Thanks in advance...