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Posted by Beth on May 17, 2000 at 23:00:20:

In Reply to: Re: dry eye syndrome posted by Caroline on April 24, 2000 at 14:22:44:

I am another dry eye sufferer and I'm so happy to find others to talk to about this difficult malady. This condition came on fairly suddenly 3 years ago at age 46
after
having a routine sort of conjunctivitis treated with antibiotics. Dry
eye has
had a profound effect on my self image and I was quite depressed the
first
year. I see a dry eye specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Boston
which is associated with Harvard Medical School and Schepen's Eye
Research.
You might like to check out Schepen's work in dry eye. At Schepens Eye
Research (on the web at
http://www.eri.harvard.edu/htmlfiles/youreyes.html )
they are investigating what they believe to be the cause, insufficient
androgens at the eye gland level, and hope to be trialing a hormone drop
to be
marketed with Allergan (an eye drop/ointment company). I hope it will
start
this year. Hope is important!

I have found that the Predmild 0.12% prednisone eye drops help when I
need to
reduce the red look, but they don't do much for the feeling that my eyes
are
wrapped in gauze. My doctor keeps recommending hot compresses for 10
minutes
twice a day. My eyesight for close reading also seems to be suffering
this
year and I need to use those reading glasses more now. This could just
be
coming of age though! The dog opthalmologists have been making some
progress
with doggie dry eye as my sister's cocker spaniel was treated with
cyclosporine and it was pretty effective. My docs say this is not a good

solution for humans though it can be tried and suggested I try a newer
version
of that drug developed in Japan called FK506. Though some folks have
found
success with that, it didn't do much for me.

I have found some relief with the eye plugs for my lower eyelids. This
was
actually a pretty easy procedure and I've had it repeated when the
little
plugs have come popping out on occasion. I use Allergan's Refresh Plus
eye
drops and their eye ointment at night which helps to start things off a
bit
better the next morning, though cold dry winters and hot dry summers
offer
little relief. I've also been adding flaxseed oil as Dr. Paul Honan,
MD in
Lebanon Indiana 1-765-482-1954 says they have had good success with
many
patients with that. I have found it a bit helpful. I've also been taking

hormones for menopause along with DHEA and pregnenolone which increase
hormones. This has helped mostly with the hot flashes (aka power surges)
but I
haven't seen much change in the dry eye situation. Mostly women, but
some men
have hormone related dry eye. In some cases things get better when their

hormones even out.

There seem to be many considerations with dry eye. I've tried everything
I can
think of that could be related including all natural beauty products and

spring water! Since I also seem to have somewhat of a scorched tongue
effect
along with this. I've found some good information online about "burned mouth syndrome" - more fun!

If you have any additional helpful information to share, I would really
appreciate it. I'm always looking for medical breakthoughts and
non-medical
simple anwers.
Best wishes to you,
Beth
A few more interesting web sites are:
http://www.eri.harvard.edu/htmlfiles/youreyes.html
http://www.eyeadvisory.com/dry_eyes.html
http://www.teleport.com/~iquest/


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