hi fellow dry eye suffers, this board really helps me so much. First, i have had light sensitivity for about 18 months or so (where i really noticied to bright sunshine bothering me) then gradually light has bothered me exp computer (last six months) and florescent lights. I even wear sunglasses at work (call center- computer 8 hrs). I've done all kinds of drops, Theratears, Systane, Refresh and Rx Restasis and FISH OIL, HOT Compresses etc... no help. I use Genteal gel and that has helped. Anyone else?
I think it always gets worse in the summer as I have air on and fans. They seem to dry out the air even more but the heat is awful.
I use ice packs sometimes at night for my eyes, it seemsto soothe them when they are really irritated.
Also I have used wet tea bags to put on my eyes for some quick relief. Maybe let them sit on your eyes for 10 15 minutes. I put some warm water on them tomake them wet. It works some days and somedays not! The steam from a nice hot shower always helps if I want to live in the bathroom!! These are a few things I have done, hope they help.
Dry eyes are awful!!!
I wish i could take the fish oil or flax. Other side effects prevent me from taking them Right now i'm on restasis twice a day and all the preservative free tears i need. I go thru spells where i might only use the drops 1-2 times a day
How long did you use the restasis? there are days where it feels like it isn't working. I've used it multiple times a day on those days. I have heard of several using the fish oil or flaxseed oil caps and it helps. I don't tolerate it.. unfortunately. Soooo restasis and all the systane or refresh drops i can handle. For me, plugs aren't an option.. doc said i needed to have enough quality tears to plug in...
Systane also has a gel drop that you can use at bedtime. You can't drive or do much reading, TV with it in as it really coats the eye so that's why the bedtime usage. Has really helped along with the Systane regular drops twice per day. I am sticking with this regimen as it has gotten me back to normal!
And my eye doctor told me that Restasis only works for certain causes of dry eye and that I don't have that. Forget exactly what he said because it didn't apply to me but thought I would pass it on.
I am starting to take Krill Oil. So far it hasn't upset my stomach like other fish oil. I got a 2nd opinion on the nodules on my cornea and will be having a keratotomy on my right eye in a couple weeks. He believes i will get some relief of my dry eye symptoms. We will see. When i went to him for the exam, after 2 yrs of restasis, still have next to no tear production. I switch off between the Refresh Optive and Systane, and prefer the Genteal eye gel at night
Just look that the Krill oil has total Phospholipids 420, total MG per serving 300, at least 160 mg EPA†and 90 mg DHA and 1 1/2 mg of Astaxanthin. you could have to take 2 pills to get the total†mentioned even if the bottle says to take 1 per day.
being able to take any fish oil is a big improvement. It had some unpleasant side effects even if i only took it a few days a week. I have the NOW Neptune Krill Oil 500mg. I haven't been on it long enough to get any benefits yet