What Starter Dry Eye Medication for Sjogren?
Was diagnosed last Fall with Sjogren's at 6.9 antinuclear antibodies. Intially, the symptom was just my dry throat and my eyese were very watery, not dry. Then, starting about 3 months ago, my eyes felt like they were really tired, as if they were closing because I'm sleepy. This when I had had enough sleep.
It's hard to say for sure whether my eyes are definitely dry, since before this I never really had dry eyes before. I can only describe it as sleepy eyes when my eyelids are about to slip shut, when my eyes shouldn't be tired at all. (I'm also having more problem with light reflection ... car headlights from oncoming traffic or from behind through my rearview mirror ... they are nearly blinding me, and I know they don't have high beams on!).
But now it seems my eyes are causing problems. I wear contacts only when I exercise and one time, they got stuck and it took a long time to get them out. In the morning when I wake up, the eyes seem really sticky and gooey ... never felt like that before. Before, my eyes tended to be very watery in the morning, and I would rub my eyes to get the water out.
So far, I've only tried Blink Tears for the Mild-Moderate Dry Eye, an OTC medication. For someone starting to have Sjogren eye symptoms, what should be the starter medication? My rheumy can probably get me Restasis if I ask for it but I wanna know what I should try over the counter: perhaps Refresh, Thera Tears, Oasis? Or should Restasis be used for the symptoms I'm displaying right now?