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Old 09-19-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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cauterizing tear ducts

I had lasic surgery 1 1/2 years ago and have had chronic dry eye ever since. I have used all kinds of eyedrops and was on Restastis for a year. Once I went off, my eyes felt like sandpaper! I could barely open my eyes. I had to go back on the eyedrops which has increased to over $1075 a year due to a change in my health care plan. I am experimenting with Bio Tears vitamin supplement which is suppose to have the same effect as Restastis but from the inside out. So far it hasn't helped. I have permanent punctum plugs, I wash my eyelids with baby shampoo and do hot compresses twice a day. I see the eye doctor every 2 months and I am still miserable! I would do anything to go back to wearing glasses and not have to deal with the expense, pain and difficulty this surgery has caused me. It is quite the opposite of what I expected: seeing without glasses, wearing makeup and showing off my eyes and not worrying about wearing glasses during activities. Instead, I have to wear reading glasses all day at work or whenever I need to read anything; my eye make up gets messed up when I put in my eyedrops; I have to wear glasses when it is windy; and I don't see any advantage except that I can read the alarm clock and my vision is better but not comfortable. My question is for those who have had their tear ducts cauterized. Did it help and how painful was it? I am at the end of my rope. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

 
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Re: cauterizing tear ducts

I can't speak on the effectiveness personally, because I am currently using the permenant plugs and Restasis. My mom had hers cauterized and they eventually popped back open and she had to have it done a second time. Those have popped back open as well. She is going with the plugs and Restasis now.

 
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Re: cauterizing tear ducts

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I had lasic surgery 1 1/2 years ago and have had chronic dry eye ever since. I have used all kinds of eyedrops and was on Restastis for a year. Once I went off, my eyes felt like sandpaper! I could barely open my eyes. I had to go back on the eyedrops which has increased to over $1075 a year due to a change in my health care plan. I am experimenting with Bio Tears vitamin supplement which is suppose to have the same effect as Restastis but from the inside out. So far it hasn't helped. I have permanent punctum plugs, I wash my eyelids with baby shampoo and do hot compresses twice a day. I see the eye doctor every 2 months and I am still miserable! I would do anything to go back to wearing glasses and not have to deal with the expense, pain and difficulty this surgery has caused me. It is quite the opposite of what I expected: seeing without glasses, wearing makeup and showing off my eyes and not worrying about wearing glasses during activities. Instead, I have to wear reading glasses all day at work or whenever I need to read anything; my eye make up gets messed up when I put in my eyedrops; I have to wear glasses when it is windy; and I don't see any advantage except that I can read the alarm clock and my vision is better but not comfortable. My question is for those who have had their tear ducts cauterized. Did it help and how painful was it? I am at the end of my rope. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
I have become very depressed since having the corrective eye surgery. I am taking

meds for depression and anxiety. My plugs will not stay in place. The restasis helps. My
physician wants to try cauterizing. I am afraid of this because my vision is worse since the corrective surgery. Help!

 
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