It's been very cold here too, which is not helping my eyes one bit. I really cannot get used to the idea of walking around with goggles on all the time! But it looks like I will have to. I am going to look into them as soon as I get off of healthboards. We had some snow here but it wasn't too bad. It's just the frigidly cold weather that is making them water like crazy and get chapped. I am using Vaseline Intensive Care Lip Therapy on my lipds. It works well. I wish I could use it on my eyelids!
Michelle, I am sure your boss was very glad that you know so much about dry eyes. I wish I had found somebody who knew so much when I was first starting with this. They could have told ME not to use Visine! I didn't really know any better, so when my eyes started getting dry I bought some regular Visine (not the one that gets the red out) and I was using it a few times a day. But my eyes were getting worse and worse, and when I went to the doctor a few weeks later (my first encounter with my current eye doctor), he told me to throw out my Visine and start using something like Tears Naturale Free. I used that for a while and didn't like it so much, so I tried a few other ones until I finally landed on Bion Tears. If I was your boss I would go straight to the Bion. My doctor said that out of all of his patients with severe dry eyes, 99% of them prefer Bion Tears over Thera Tears, the other leading brand.
My eyes are kinda red and chapped, so I better get off the computer as quick as possible. Have a good weekend everyone!
Yes, Missy, it has been horrid this past week! A day or so, we were looking at "highs" in the 20's!
I'm uncertain as to whether or not, they will fit me with glasses or not after the iron-out. Today is something else! I'm seeing about as sharp as I could hope with the OLD glasses! So, there may not be much of a change in store. I finally had a day the Doryx didn't make me shaky or nauseous, so I think I'm over the hump, and can just coast the rest of the dosage.
Hmmm....I didn't know Bion Tears were so popular. I did not give him any of those! I want to keep my Bion Tears because I use them sometimes! I did give him a box full of TheraTears though...I never really liked those! He told me that him problems are only when he is using his computer in the office, so hopefully his eyes aren't too bad. I think that our office is not very dry eye friendly. I told him about my humidifier and that I think it is helping.
Sorry that your eyelids are still chapped, Elyse. I really do think that the goggles will help with that. I think I already mentioned this, but one kind that alot of people on another site talk about is "panoptx eyewear" so you might want to check that out if you are having trouble finding something. I just bought some wrap-around sunglasses that I hope will help me. They fit pretty close to my face, so I'm gonna try them out for a while and see if it helps at all. My eyes are not always bad outside, but I think it might be a delayed reacion sometimes, so I'm gonna try to protect them better.
Tony - Glad that you are starting to feel a little better. I hope that everyone else gets over their sinus bugs as well!
It is freezing here in Maryland, so I feel bad for you guys even further north than me!
Missy - I hope that you get your Christmas shopping done! I think the malls only bother mine when I'm having a bad day. I've been in malls and stores on other days, and been OK. Do you think that your fluctuations are calming down at all? Are you generally having good days lately? I have 3 classifications that I use when I'm writing on my calendar. Good, OK, and bad. Good meaning that they are very close to normal, or normal for the majority of the day, ok meaning annoying or uncomfortable, but not painful..bad meaning painful (gritty, etc). So far today is OK, so we'll see how it goes!
Well, I'm off to save the day!!! haha . Hope you all have a great one!
Mine having been between ok and bad today. Not sure what is up with them this week! They were so good last week and even last weekend when I was away, and I was in all kinds of bad situations then....Heat in the car, several restarants, cold wind walking outside, etc. Maybe it is all a delayed reaction, or maybe the plugs (which are probably gone by now) were helping me. I wish I was getting the other ones put in sooner .
We decided to go to out to dinner tonight just to get me out of the house, but it was a mistake. They were worse there, then in here. They kinda have that "chapped" feeling that Elyse talks about. Do yours ever feel this way? I thought maybe keeping it so cold in here was actually making them worse, but then in the restaurant where it was warm, they didn't feel better either. My eyelids are just really sore and red for some reason. I can also tell that there are not many tears in my eyes. I'm glad to hear that you are having alot of "Ok" days...I hope you start having more good ones though!
Tony - glad to hear it may be warming up a bit down there! Hopefully this winter will fly by for all of us!
Well the snow & cold sure isn't helping me either. Had to clear all the snow off my car twice in the past 2 days and my left eye felt all irritated and sore, and made the whole left side of my face painful, too. Unusual for the left eye to get irritated. It's usually the right, which had all the eye surgeries. But feels way better this morning.
Maybe it was just frozen !
I don't even go near the malls this time of year! The heat & dust makes my eyes all gritty within half an hour.
Don't feel bad about lecturing people on their eyes, Missy (or was it Michelle? I keep getting you two mixed up for some reason...sorry) I do that all the time! I get fanatical about eye stuff. When you have problems you know the importance of the eyes, and when you see people doing things with their eyes that isn't quite healthy...well...it's easy to start lecturing them! But they all come running to me when they DO have an eye problem, cause they know I've been there.
Well, just want to wish you luck tomorrow Tony. And glad you're seeing pretty darn good with the old glasses. And it'll be even better tomorrow!
Have a great Sunday.
Howdy, Faith! No one else has said a word here today, kinda unusual. Just watched a close one twixt the Dallas Cowthings and the K.C. Chiefs. Da' boyz squeaked one out scoring 31-28 in the last few minutes. "Tuna Fish" is gonna have to get 'em geared to strike early and sack 'em away so there will be no sweat.
Well, I'm roarin' t' snort to get my ironing done Monday, get the folds out of that lens. I don't know if they'll try to fit me in specks then or not. It's going to be pretty close to these glasses I have a feeling. I've been seeing almost perfect with the old ones! I think the Doryx has been helping my eyes, that I'm taking for the other. The eye doc wanted me to take Doxycycline for unknown reasons, so here I am finally with a cousin to it.
Well, I'll fade for now, and we'll yak at ya' later, Faith.
Tony, good luck with the procedure tomorrow. I hope this is the last step in getting your vision back to normal. You mentioned that the doctor had wanted you to take Doxycycline a while back. That's because it's supposed to get rid of Blepharitis and Meibomitis. I was on it for about 6 months and it did nothing for me. But the thing is, you are supposed to be on a very strong dose and I was not on the strong dose that I needed. I get very bad stomach problems from anti-biotics, and even my eye doctor agreed that it was not worth it to risk that, so he put me on a lower dose than usual. Then I had to come off of it all together when I started having gallbladder problems. After I had my gallbladder surgery I never bothered to go back on it because again, I couldn't be on such a high dose for such a long time. My friend had Blepharitis Rosacea, and he was on Doxycycline orally and Tobradex ointment. He was on it for about 3 months and it went away.
I was in the mall today too, for about two hours. The heat and dust did not help my eyes one bit. But I had to get my holiday shopping done, and I needed some new clothes. I just couldn't pass up all of the sales! I must have stopped three times to put drops in while I was there. I wish I had those goggles already. I printed out all of the information that I found about the different brands, and I am going to go see the optician that my eye doctor recommended on my next day off. I also found out through my researching that there is a guy about an hour from me that specializes in making moisture chamber glasses (you know, regular glasses with the plastic shields on the sides and on top.) But all of the information I have found says that for people with really severe dry eyes, prescription swimming goggles provide the best protection. The only thing is that they tell you not to wear swimming goggles for more than two to three hours at a time without cleaning them, and they are really not very attractive! Not vert helpful when I want to find a husband, if ya know what I mean! I don't know if the optician will have the brands that I have read about, but I don't think it really matters as long as they are fitted to my face properly. (and as long as they're not too expensive!) Do you think my health insurance will cover this? I do have partial glasses coverage, but they never pay for the whole thing. Last time I got glasses I didn't even submit it to them for payment, so it's been a while since they've shelled out money for glasses for me. (I'm usually only allowed one pair of glasses every two years, but the last time they paid for one was at least 3 or 4 years ago.) I am just going to have to wander in there and look at the goggles and see which ones are best suited for me. But I also worry about how to clean them properly so that there are no germs left on them, but the chemicals don't cause me any problems. I've been using Flents glasses wipes for my glasses, with the approval of my eye doctor and they seem to be OK. I wonder if I could use them for goggles too.
I just don't want to look like a freak in these things!
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Yep, I reckon this is ironing day! Thanks for all the prayers, hugs and best wishes. It will be good to get the smudge out of my vision after that.
We're just alike again, Sis Purple. Antibiotics tear my gut all to smash too! I've done well to stay with the Doryx. A couple of mornings, I got pretty shaky, and almost passed the nausea stage and went into you know what! But after those mornings, I'm doing fine with it. I guess there is a point you go through in getting on those, that it's a little bumpy. I sure feel better from the sinus infection.
That was a hairy ending to a football game, wasn' it! The 'boys wait too long to kick in, trying to give fans a last minute thrill, and doing that has lost them several over the years. They can't learn to put it away early, then hold the lead, "coast" til it's over. Holding back to thrill fans has lost many a game, and will for any team.
Well, I'll scat for now, and see ya'll later.
Last edited by Anxiety Man; 12-12-2005 at 07:18 AM.
Well. just hoping to hear some good news here. Tony? Is that appointment over with and how'd the laser go? Should be about 6 or 7 pm right about now in your area, so was hoping to get an update on your appointment. Well, I'll check back later.
Hope everything went well, and they got the wrinkle in the lens all smoothed out for you.
I have an appointment with the eye doctor tomorrow. It's just my regular checkup, but they have been feeling mighty crappy lately, so I am hoping he doesn't see anything wrong. It kills me that my sinuses are still infected and that increases my risk of pink eye. I actually called my PCP today and spoke with him. I told him that after almost 10 days of Levaquin I feel very little improvement. I still have a low grade fever. So he told me to go see an ENT specialist. He recommended Dr. Kim. So I called the answering service for my ENT doctor and asked who *he* left in charge of his patients, and they said Dr. Kim too! So I made an appointment with him for saturday. He's actually right down the block from my eye doctor, on "Doctor's Row"!
My eyes feel sooooooo dry and cruddy. I wish the goggles would just materialize in my hands! Michelle, I know you have dry eye super hero powers, so do you think you could scare me up a perfectly fitting pair of goggles that cure all of my problems? Thanks, it it's not too much trouble.
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Sorry, I've been quiet lately..just kinda bummed out. I've had a pretty rough week eye wise. I called yesterday and moved my appt. to get the lower plugs put in sooner. I'm gonna get them Friday morning now instead of next Wednesday. I sure hope they help out. I was gonna try to see my surgeon first to discuss things with him (I have an appt with him this Friday), but forget that, he probably would have nothing important to say anway. So, I'm gonna get the plugs in the morning, and then see the surgon in the afternoon. He'll probably really ignore me then, since he'll think that there is nothing else he could possibly do. I would like him to do some tests, but I doubt he will. I'm trying to document my tear quality and tear production to see how it fluctuates. I'm very curious to see what my tear production scores would be on a "good" day. I've only had that test done twice and it was on either an "ok" or "bad" day, and both times it was low.
I'm assuming that tear production can fluctuate around just like tear quality? Elyse - I think you have mentioned this before. Don't you usually have enough tears, just not quality ones, but sometimes then not have many tears being produced either? I'm curious...when you say that your eyes are really dry, what exactly do they feel like? Do you get that gritty feeling, or is it just a really dry or stiff feeling or something? Or do they burn? It seems like there are SO many different symptoms possible.
Hi Faith! Sorry to hear that the cold weather up there is messing with your eyes! I just bought some wrap-around sunglasses to wear around outside...I'm hoping that it keeps some of the wind out.
Tony - I hope that everything went well with the "ironing" yesterday! Glad that you seemed to be having some days with clear vision. Hopefully you will be through your recovery period real soon!
Elyse - Sorry you are having so many problems with your sinuses and your eyes. I'm glad that you have an eye appt. today. It will be good just to get a check-up to make sure that nothing serious has been bugging them. I hope it goes well! Do you have an appt. with that optician yet? Sorry if you already mentioned it, and I missed it. I really do wish that my dry eye super hero powers would allow me to send some goggles your way...or better yet, heal your eyes all together!
Hi Missy - Hope that you are having a good day. I feel OK so far today. I've been waking up with them feeling kinda yucky lately, which does not happen all the time. I guess it is just one of those weeks. Hopefully once I get the plugs in, I'll be back to feeling pretty good.
Well, that is all for now! I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I'm sending hugs everyones way!
He didn't laser me. He just said all but one wrinkle is gone, then said if it's still bothering me, he would do it, but I "thought" things were better because I hadn't been noticing the streaking. But last night, I looked at the street light outside, and some other stuff, and I not only am still no better, but I have a THIRD streak coming off at about a 45degree angle in that eye! I called the office last night and left a message on their machine about this, but so far, no returned call.
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