(Closed) Anyone else suffer from dry eye?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SuperKate: FI is suffering from this.  He got his contacts a little over a month ago.  His eyes are so bad now – dry eye and horrible redness.  I feel so bad for him.  He says that they don’t bother him, but he’s tired of getting dirty looks as if he’s a stoner.

Post # 4
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I started getting dry eye when I interned in a humidity controlled environment. The solution for me was to switch solution brands (from a Bausch and Laum -sp?- to Complete). We also tried switching contact brands but I couldn’t tell a difference with that.

Conversely, my mom’s dry eye (which is associated with Shogrin’s from her Lupus) got so bad they needed to cauterize her tear ducts and get her some sort of tear solution.

Have you tried switching brands around or carrying around rewewtting drops? (I like the kind that come in the TSA sized packs)

Post # 6
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It has been noted that sometimes patients suddenly cannot tolerate contact lenses after wearing them symptom free for a time in their lives.  As far as I know, there’s no well documented reason.  It just seems to happen.  🙁  Your doctor is right that you should cut down your wear, but if intolerance is the way you’re going, there’s not a lot you can do to stop or slow down the process.  If you’re not wearing CLs, then yeah, you’re not aggravating the problem, but then you might as well be completely intolerant because you’ll be wearing glasses anyways.  But if you think about it, the discomfort is your eyes telling you that their not happy with their current environment.  You don’t want to suffocate your cornea, so you may end up having to discontinue wear.  Just use rewetting drops to keep yourself as comfortable as possible for now.  

I’m sure your doctor has tried switching contact lens brands, right?  Sometimes that can make a difference.  Punctal plugs is an option if you’re having a Sjogren’s type tear deficiency. If you’re unhappy with your doctor’s recommendations, try finding another doctor for a second opinion.  Find an office with a relatively young doctor (not straight out of school, but just old enough to have been educated with the recent technological advances and is not afraid to use them) and see if they can come up with anything more innovative to treat your symptoms.  

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