Post # 1
I’ve worn contacts for the last 14 years but in the last six months my eyes have been extremely dry.
I went to the eye doctor back in March and he gave me a steriod drop to use that helped. I went back to wearing contacts but the same problems came up again a few years ago.
After another round of the steriod drops my eye doctor said they didn’t help as much as he hoped. Basically, he thinks I’ll always continue to have dry eye. I’m now on another prescription drop and he recommended taking omega 3, as that’s been known to help some.
He also thinks I need to cut down on my contact wear, maybe eight or nine hours a day max, and not every day. I’m afraid eventually I won’t be able to wear contacts at all.
Post # 3
@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
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 # 5
For the last week I’ve used Systane drops (about three times a day) in addition to my steriod drops (four times a day). He now wants me to use FreshKote, a prescription rewetting drop that’s stronger than anything you can buy over the counter. I’m supposed to use it about 3-4 times a day.
Post # 6
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.