Well, today, I take my first swig of cod liver oil to see if it will help the dry eye stuff. I seem to have taken a setback with all of it, the crust, goop, dryness, extreme discomfort, you name it. If anything, there were times, I'd have sworn the fish oil was actually making me worse!
Good Luck Tony,
I also have dry eye <so they say> I don't have the crusties, the dry feeling or the goop in the eyes. What I do have is double, tripple and blurred vision at times. I'm doing the flax seed oil, the hypo tears and hypo tears gel and warm compresses. Seems to help some but when reading for awhile my eyes get tired and "BANG" double vision again. The Dr says I don't blink enough <blink blink> so now I have to remind myself to blink like I don't have enough crap to worry about <laugh> ..
Boy, it's a drag, ain't it? I go through cycles of seeing stacked images (double) in my left eye. It will gradually get worse, than back around to gradually "converged" again, like a TV picture. I could draw a roller coaster line on a graph of how it is. I'm wondering now, by your symptoms, if it's not all dry eye. I know the eye felt horrible during this past spell. I'm torn between thinking that and thinking a brain/neuro problem. Unfortunately, we don't have any neuro opthalmologists here, so I can't get it seen from that approach.
I also use drops and compresses to combat this stuff. Once back a few months ago, I thought it was finally leaving! But, it all came back into place again.
The cod liver oil is just a teaspoon compared to the wholloping tablespoon I was taking with the fish oil I can take the cod up to 3 times a daily as opposed to just once with the fish "erl". The first dose seemed more oily, just about like mineral oil. Hopefully, it will do better for the eyes.
Hi Again Tony,
I had the MRI of the brain, seen a neuro opthomologist and a cornea specialist. The cornea specialist put the plugs in a month ago. I been hitting the books hard for my construction license and today I noticed when I over word my eyes the double/tripple vision is back. I been drinking the hypo tears today.. I'm too young to be hooked on eye drops and flax seed oil <I'm 51> Funny think when I seen the neuro optho, he gave me a list of things to try but didn't say what to do with the flax seed oil, all the other things on the list was to be put in the eye so I figured "Flax seed oil in my eye"?? Naww I didn't the capsul kept falling out <kidding> I did call him back and asked, what do I know.. lol
Sounds like you've been the whole route. I'm thinking about getting plugs. It would beat what I put up with now. I'll probably try the temps first, then if I like them, maybe try for the permanent ones.
Yepper, that capsule would be hard to balance on the eye, and harder to dissolve.
I have been taking a tablespoon of flaxseed oil every day now for about the last two months or so. I am also doing hot compresses twice a day. My doctor says he sees absolutely no difference in my tear quality. I am willing to give it more time. What is the difference between taking flaxseed oil and cod liver oil or castor oil? I am liking my castor oil eyedrops. They don't improve my tear quality but they are very soothing.
Getting plugs might help you retain a little more moisture in your eyes but it's not going to help with the tear quality.
Joe, I think I'm too young to have all this crap too. I've been dealing with a terrible case of dry eyes for almost 5 years now and I'm only 25. I sympathize with you not wanting to be hooked on eyedrops. If you can find another solution, let me know!
Tony, I think that having *some* tears, even poor quality ones, is better than having no tears at all. When I first started with my dry eyes, I had absolutely ZERO tears in my eyes. When I got the plugs (and now the cauterization) it got better. I may seem bad to you now, but believe me, I was much worse before I got my punctum closed off. I am now able to retain what little tears I do make, and even though they are very poor quality, it's better than nothing. As you know, tears are a commodity more precious than gold. So if you can do something to try to retain the tears that you have, I recommend doing it. Even bad quality tears are better than no tears at all. The way I see it, you can't begin to fix the *quality* problem when you have no tears to actually fix.
Sounds good. I'm so sick with some kind of infection starting in my throat, I'm not all here today. Looks like the plugs are back "on" again! Of course, I keep forgetting we're bottoming out at the bank again like the old days. Maybe some day I can get those plugs.
Tony, how much do the plugs cost anyway? I don't think they are that much money. You should find out the cost of them. With the amount of times that they have to be replaced, I'd be surprised if they are more than $150 for a set, including whatever it costs to insert them. At least I HOPE they are not more expensive than that!
Just a question for you, Tony. Does that cod liver oil taste awful? I know some of us had it shoved down our throats as kids. Luckily I wasn't one of them! But hear the stories from others about how awful it was. Interested in knowing if it helps you out better than the fish oil, too. Recently heard some doctor talking about it on TV and said it(cod liver oil) was one of the best things to take! Something about natural vitamin A & D (I think) that is in it.
Hi Joe! I take the flaxseed oil too, but like Purple (Hi How are you?) I take the tablespoon of the actual oil. It seems to help me, as long as I remember to take it! My eyes seems a lot less dry when I take it in the morning. I've read that it takes 14 of those flaxseed oil pills to equal 1 tablespoon of the oil, so that's why I use the oil...want all the benefits from it that I can get! ANd since we're the same age, I agree. Way too young for all these eye drops & stuff!
Hang in there guys! We can beat this! I refuse NOT to!
Hello, HELLas. I think I may be getting over this very tough and mean URI. I've not been this ill in a long time from something like this! I've felt like HELLas lately! (Sorry 'bout that).
The Cod oil doesn't taste bad, and has a rather weak mint flavor. It is to be taken 2 or 3 times a day, and is only a teaspoon, a pretty low dosage in my thinking. I hope it helps with the immune system like the tablespoon a day Fish oil does! Looks like I'm going to take everything that comes along, even in summer!! Where this bug came from is beyond me. I don't think my eyes are any worse on it, may be better--soon to tell--but for sure, I'll nearly swear the fish oil was drying them out more!
Well, I'll fade for now, and the shape I'm in now, that's easy to do--FADE.
The Cod oil doesn't taste bad, and has a rather weak mint flavor.
Hmmmmmmm, minty fish, can't say that sounds too appealing!
But when my supply of fish oil runs out, I may just give it a shot! If it helps the eyes, great! But if my anxiety comes back without my trusty fish oil I'll have to switch back.
I'll give you a week on it, then check back in to see how your eyes are doing on it. I had that one flare-up of what the doc called blepharitis, but hasn't bothered me since, even without doing the warm compresses, so I truly don't know if I really had it. No stringy goopy stuff, just a little crustiness for a day or two, and bright red! Ok now, so thankful for that. But I upped all my oils and added the vitamin A back, so who knows?!! I guess time will tell.
Hope you're feeling better, Tony!