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    Old 02-06-2004, 10:07 AM   #1
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    contacts for dry eyes?

    Hi,
    I have been wearing contacts for about 12 years and until last year I never had a problem with them. I wore accuvue. Last year I was having vision probs, and my eye dr said I had dry eyes and had corneal distortion. I had never really noticed my eyes being very dry, but ended up getting punctal plugs put in, but never noticed a difference.

    My dr. changed my contacts to Focus night &day cause they are most oxygen permeable and healthier for my eyes. Well, I hated them. They are way more rigid than normal soft contacts and were very very uncomfortable. I wore them for about 10 months and I just went back to my eye dr. yesterday

    I asked my eye dr for a different type of contacts. I believe she gave me a trial of proclears, a regular soft contact. They felt so wonderful, so much more comfortable. But my eyes are now horribly dry! They are way drier than with the focus ones, but these ones are way more comfortable.

    I am supposed to go back in a week, and my dr. said I could try a different kind that is supposed to be better for dry eyes.

    Has anybody had success with contacts and dry eyes? What kind do you wear? I love the feel of these ones but cant stand the dryness. The focus ones dont dry out as much but hurt my eyes, I dont know what to do. I hate to wear my glasses, I just dont feel I see as well with them

     
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    Old 02-10-2004, 05:40 AM   #2
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    Re: contacts for dry eyes?

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    Hi,
    I have been wearing contacts for about 12 years and until last year I never had a problem with them. I wore accuvue. Last year I was having vision probs, and my eye dr said I had dry eyes and had corneal distortion. I had never really noticed my eyes being very dry, but ended up getting punctal plugs put in, but never noticed a difference.

    My dr. changed my contacts to Focus night &day cause they are most oxygen permeable and healthier for my eyes. Well, I hated them. They are way more rigid than normal soft contacts and were very very uncomfortable. I wore them for about 10 months and I just went back to my eye dr. yesterday

    I asked my eye dr for a different type of contacts. I believe she gave me a trial of proclears, a regular soft contact. They felt so wonderful, so much more comfortable. But my eyes are now horribly dry! They are way drier than with the focus ones, but these ones are way more comfortable.

    I am supposed to go back in a week, and my dr. said I could try a different kind that is supposed to be better for dry eyes.

    Has anybody had success with contacts and dry eyes? What kind do you wear? I love the feel of these ones but cant stand the dryness. The focus ones dont dry out as much but hurt my eyes, I dont know what to do. I hate to wear my glasses, I just dont feel I see as well with them


    I also have worn contacts for about ten years, and last May began having problems. My eyes get a red ring around them after I take my lenses out, and my eyes have been so dry with them in, that I hadn't been able to wear them for over six months. I used to wear BioMed 55 lenses and never had a problem with them. Since then (it took me seeing a few diff. doctors before they even diagnosed me with dry eye) I have tried warm compresses, systane eye drops, and tried acuvue lenses (which did nothing). Then more recently my doctor gave me a pair of h20 extreme contacts. They do feel better and are for dry eyes b/c the lenses hold more water (hence the name!) My eyes are not 100% and I still may need to switch again, but they may work well for you. Funny, b/c I was going to ask to try the focus night and day b/c I feel like my left eye needs more breathability (it is the eye that is most dry) but now I may reconsider...I'm with you about the glasses though. They stink and I feel so self-conscious
    Anyways, good luck with everything and let me know how it works out.

     
    Old 02-10-2004, 06:03 AM   #3
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    Thanks so much for the reply! I'm sorry you've had so much problems, dry eyes are a pain!

    I think the h2o extreme contacts were the ones my doctor said I could try next. So they are working better for you? I may try them out then.

    I've been wearing the ones I got from my dr for about 4 days now, and they are feeling a little less dry, but if I can get ones that work a little better, why not!

    As for the focus night and days, I really wouldn't suggest them. They are really healthy for your eyes because of all the oxygen, which is nice. They did feel dry at times, dryer than my previous contacts, but not as dry as the current ones I am using. It took my eyes quite awhile to adjust to wearing them. They are way more rigid than normal soft contacts. They are not all bad, and if you do decide to ever get them, make sure to watch out for the base curve of the contacts. My eye dr. went with my base curve from what I had always had in contacts, but with the focus night and day, they were too loose. She just told me that with the focus ones she has found that she needed to order a tighter base curve for people. She suggested ordering the tighter base curve for me and said that should make them feel more comfortable, but I opted to try something completely different.

    Thanks!

     
    Old 02-10-2004, 07:23 AM   #4
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    Re: contacts for dry eyes?

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    Thanks so much for the reply! I'm sorry you've had so much problems, dry eyes are a pain!

    I think the h2o extreme contacts were the ones my doctor said I could try next. So they are working better for you? I may try them out then.

    I've been wearing the ones I got from my dr for about 4 days now, and they are feeling a little less dry, but if I can get ones that work a little better, why not!

    As for the focus night and days, I really wouldn't suggest them. They are really healthy for your eyes because of all the oxygen, which is nice. They did feel dry at times, dryer than my previous contacts, but not as dry as the current ones I am using. It took my eyes quite awhile to adjust to wearing them. They are way more rigid than normal soft contacts. They are not all bad, and if you do decide to ever get them, make sure to watch out for the base curve of the contacts. My eye dr. went with my base curve from what I had always had in contacts, but with the focus night and day, they were too loose. She just told me that with the focus ones she has found that she needed to order a tighter base curve for people. She suggested ordering the tighter base curve for me and said that should make them feel more comfortable, but I opted to try something completely different.

    Thanks!
    Hi again

    I would suggest trying the h20 extreme because your eyes don't sound as dry as mine. And besides being a little more flimsy and "slimy" than regular lenses, they haven't been difficult to adjust to.My right eye feels completely normal with them but I am still struggling with my left eye. It just still doesn't feel right. Thanks for the info about the Focus dailies..I have an appointment with my eye dr. this Friday and will make sure to check about the base curve..come to think of it, maybe that's why my left eye feels uncomfie with the h20's..but we shall see. Keep me updated and good luck!

     
    Old 02-10-2004, 07:33 AM   #5
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    Re: contacts for dry eyes?

    Thanks. I'm going to my eye dr on Thursday, so I will see what she suggests. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    By the way, just wondering, have you done the punctal plugs for your dry eyes? My dr. highly suggested them last year, and I got them. Actually had a problem with the right one and had it removed, so now I just have one in the left eye. I haven't noticed any difference in my eye feeling less dry...my dr was a little shocked by this, its usually helps most people. My left eye is actually a lot drier than the right, and I have more problems with it too.

     
    Old 02-10-2004, 08:25 AM   #6
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    Re: contacts for dry eyes?

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    Thanks. I'm going to my eye dr on Thursday, so I will see what she suggests. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    By the way, just wondering, have you done the punctal plugs for your dry eyes? My dr. highly suggested them last year, and I got them. Actually had a problem with the right one and had it removed, so now I just have one in the left eye. I haven't noticed any difference in my eye feeling less dry...my dr was a little shocked by this, its usually helps most people. My left eye is actually a lot drier than the right, and I have more problems with it too.
    Funny you should ask that. Before trying the extreme h20 lenses, my dr, tried the dissolvable collagen plugs and not only did I not notice a difference, but my right eye sort of felt worse and was like running with water! my dr. was shocked too as he told me most people experience almost like automatic relief. But I never got permanent ones. Good to know I'm not alone. Yeah I would be fine if my left eye just quit being such a pain :-)
    Good luck with the doctor on Thurday and let me know what she/he says and I'll do the same!

     
    Old 02-13-2004, 05:30 AM   #7
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    So I went to my eye dr's last night. I told her that the contacts were rather dry, and that the other dr (there are 2 in the practice and this is a different dr than I saw last week) said I could try out the extreme H2O contacts.

    She went to check to see if they had them in my prescription, but they didn't. Which makes me mad. The other dr checked that last time and knew they didnt have my prescription, I thought she was ordering a pair for me, but apparently didn't.

    So she said maybe I could try one of the H2Os in the wrong script just to see how it feels, and try an acuvue one in the other eye. So I did that, and really I just couldnt tell. She had the acuview one in my script so she gave me a pair to try for a week, and she is ordering a pair of extreme H2O to try if I don't like the current ones. Hopefully they will actually order them this time.

    I have the acuvue ones in now. I'm not sure what kind of acuvue they are, she said they were a newer kind. These ones are a little better than the last ones I tried (which were proclears). They are not nearly as dry. I'm supposed to go back next Sat. I'll see how I'm doing then, but I'd still like to try the extreme H2Os even if the acuvue ones are feeling alright. Maybe the h2o ones will feel better.

    Hopefully something will work, I'm starting to get frustrated. I feel like I live at my eye dr's I always have so many appointments with them!

     
    Old 02-16-2004, 06:24 AM   #8
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    Re: contacts for dry eyes?

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    So I went to my eye dr's last night. I told her that the contacts were rather dry, and that the other dr (there are 2 in the practice and this is a different dr than I saw last week) said I could try out the extreme H2O contacts.

    She went to check to see if they had them in my prescription, but they didn't. Which makes me mad. The other dr checked that last time and knew they didnt have my prescription, I thought she was ordering a pair for me, but apparently didn't.

    So she said maybe I could try one of the H2Os in the wrong script just to see how it feels, and try an acuvue one in the other eye. So I did that, and really I just couldnt tell. She had the acuview one in my script so she gave me a pair to try for a week, and she is ordering a pair of extreme H2O to try if I don't like the current ones. Hopefully they will actually order them this time.

    I have the acuvue ones in now. I'm not sure what kind of acuvue they are, she said they were a newer kind. These ones are a little better than the last ones I tried (which were proclears). They are not nearly as dry. I'm supposed to go back next Sat. I'll see how I'm doing then, but I'd still like to try the extreme H2Os even if the acuvue ones are feeling alright. Maybe the h2o ones will feel better.

    Hopefully something will work, I'm starting to get frustrated. I feel like I live at my eye dr's I always have so many appointments with them!


    Hi. I was away for the weekend and havent had a chance to write till now. I know how you feel about dr.'s appointments, believe me. I have seen like one a week since I started having problems last May. On Friday I went to my doctor and told him while I was having success with the H20 lenses, it still wasn't great and my eyes are still red, puffy and irriatated. He put me on a four week course of oral medication. I think it is called doxycycline. I have to take it two times a day for a week,. and then once a day for three weeks. It is an antibiotic that is supposed to stimulate the tear glands. I have to go back in a month b/c people don't typically see results till then. I'm really not sure if this will help but at this point I am willing to try anything. I'd really like to get Lasak surgery but I am 25,and still a student and can't afford it yet!

    I'm sorry your appointment was so disappointing. Do the contacts she gave you feel any different yet? Keep me updated, and I'll let you know if I notice a difference with this med.

     
    Old 02-17-2004, 05:51 AM   #9
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    Re: contacts for dry eyes?

    Actually, the contacts that my dr gave me on Thursday are sooo much better! I really like them. They're really comfortable and aren't dry. I go back on Saturday. I'm not sure if I'll just stick with these ones or give the h2o ones a try. We'll see what my dr says.

    Are you really interested in doing lasik? My dad has been trying to convince me to do it. He had PRK (which is a different type of lasik) a couple years ago and now has 20/20 vision. He loves it! I'm a little leary of it, not sure if I trust it. And I have pretty bad vision so the success rate is lower for my vision. I've heard that dry eyes make the results of the surgery not as good, and there are more complications. I also dont really want to spend the money either...I'm only 24.

    I'll let you know how my appt goes on Saturday. I hope the antibiotics help you out!

     
    Old 02-17-2004, 11:35 AM   #10
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    Actually, the contacts that my dr gave me on Thursday are sooo much better! I really like them. They're really comfortable and aren't dry. I go back on Saturday. I'm not sure if I'll just stick with these ones or give the h2o ones a try. We'll see what my dr says.

    Are you really interested in doing lasik? My dad has been trying to convince me to do it. He had PRK (which is a different type of lasik) a couple years ago and now has 20/20 vision. He loves it! I'm a little leary of it, not sure if I trust it. And I have pretty bad vision so the success rate is lower for my vision. I've heard that dry eyes make the results of the surgery not as good, and there are more complications. I also dont really want to spend the money either...I'm only 24.

    I'll let you know how my appt goes on Saturday. I hope the antibiotics help you out!

    Hi! I'm really, really jealous that you found some contacts that work for you.I'm thinking that I may be in glasses for a long time. I really would like to do Lasak if I could gaurantee that my dry eyes wouldn't complicate things and it wouldn't have side effects, which as you said, there is no gaurantee. It freaks me out, but then again so does looking like a dork with glasses for the rest of my life My eyes are only dry when I have contacts in, other than that my eyes are fine. I wonder if those people who always have dry eyes irregardless of if they are wearing contacts are more at-risk for complications. I'm a worry wart and worry about everything, like what if the lasar slips and I go blind..but eventually I know I will have to give up contact lenses..the more you wear them, the more progressivley dry your eyes get! Don't you just hate people that were born with 20/20 vision :-)

    Anyways sorry to ramble on, but I am really happy you have found a pair that work, and you always still have the option of the H20's. Keep in touch and let me know how the appointment goes!

     
    Old 02-17-2004, 11:41 AM   #11
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    Thanks. I am happy that these ones are working for me. Supposedly my eyes are really dry (says my dr) but honestly I dont have a lot of problems with them. Besides recently. I think that I've worn contacts for so long that I've desensitized my eyes and gotten used to it. But I definitely cant wear contacts as long as I used to, but at least its something. I hate wearing my heavy glasses...they are just a pain! I really hope you find something that works for you!

    As for lasik, I am such a worrier. And I couldnt imagine actually doing it. I'd be too afraid of the worst case senario, what if I was blinded by it. I get annoyed with those 20/20 people too!! My brother has better than 20/20 and it drives me crazy!!!

     
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    Thanks. I am happy that these ones are working for me. Supposedly my eyes are really dry (says my dr) but honestly I dont have a lot of problems with them. Besides recently. I think that I've worn contacts for so long that I've desensitized my eyes and gotten used to it. But I definitely cant wear contacts as long as I used to, but at least its something. I hate wearing my heavy glasses...they are just a pain! I really hope you find something that works for you!

    As for lasik, I am such a worrier. And I couldnt imagine actually doing it. I'd be too afraid of the worst case senario, what if I was blinded by it. I get annoyed with those 20/20 people too!! My brother has better than 20/20 and it drives me crazy!!!
    I know same here..my brother has perfect vision. I got my mom eyes, he got my dad's. ugh. I'm almost to the point where I can't wear my contacts at all, so definitely be happy that you are still at the point you can have them in at all. My eyes always look infected as soon as I take em out I'm a little sad because I have worn them since I was like eleven with little to no problems, and then suddenly have to go to the eye doctor every damn day like an old person :-) It just sucks to be young and have all these eye problems!
    Maybe one day I will bite the bullet and get the surgery, and then either write you and complain about it or encourage you do it (ha, ha). My friend from high school did it and raves about it, but I have such awful luck, I'd be like the 5% that it doesn't work for or develop some rare condition that would make my life hell.
    Anyways, keep me updated and I'll definitely do the same...unfortunately I won't know if the meds work for like another three weeks, but I'll let you know either way lest you need it as an option down the line(but it sounds like you are back on track, knock on wood) It's nice to have someone to ***** about this with :-)

     
    Old 02-24-2004, 08:51 AM   #13
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    Hi,
    I went to the eye dr's on Sat. I got to see the original dr (not the one I saw on the last visit) and she was quite shocked that the ProClears she gave me 2 visits ago didn't work. She said usually people really like them, and I said...yeah, well my eyes are crazy!

    The contacts that I had been wearing for a week were some acuvue ones, and they had actually been pretty decent. They weren't really dry. The only problem is they'd start to feel dirty around the time I got home from work, and I'd take them out. So my dr said I could try the extreme h2o's and see how they work. If I want them I'll have to come back AGAIN and make sure they fit ok. great!

    I wore the h2o ones yesterday and my eyes kinda felt dry...in particularly the right one. And they just felt odd. So today I decided to put the acuvue ones back in. And they feel dry too. I think my eyes are just weird this week. So I don't know, maybe I'll just alternate back and forth and see which one I like. But I'm tempted to just get the acuvue ones so I dont have to go back to the eye dr.

    She also gave me some eyedrops, systane, to try. She said to put them in 15 or 20 mins before I put in my contacts and that should help me get more wear out of them. But I haven't tried them yet. I tend to be lazy in the morning...and I barely have time to put my contacts in let alone get up early enough to put the drops in...wait...and put contacts in. So who knows. And right now my eyes are seriously annoying me...maybe I'll break out the glasses

     
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    Hi,
    I went to the eye dr's on Sat. I got to see the original dr (not the one I saw on the last visit) and she was quite shocked that the ProClears she gave me 2 visits ago didn't work. She said usually people really like them, and I said...yeah, well my eyes are crazy!

    The contacts that I had been wearing for a week were some acuvue ones, and they had actually been pretty decent. They weren't really dry. The only problem is they'd start to feel dirty around the time I got home from work, and I'd take them out. So my dr said I could try the extreme h2o's and see how they work. If I want them I'll have to come back AGAIN and make sure they fit ok. great!

    I wore the h2o ones yesterday and my eyes kinda felt dry...in particularly the right one. And they just felt odd. So today I decided to put the acuvue ones back in. And they feel dry too. I think my eyes are just weird this week. So I don't know, maybe I'll just alternate back and forth and see which one I like. But I'm tempted to just get the acuvue ones so I dont have to go back to the eye dr.

    She also gave me some eyedrops, systane, to try. She said to put them in 15 or 20 mins before I put in my contacts and that should help me get more wear out of them. But I haven't tried them yet. I tend to be lazy in the morning...and I barely have time to put my contacts in let alone get up early enough to put the drops in...wait...and put contacts in. So who knows. And right now my eyes are seriously annoying me...maybe I'll break out the glasses
    Hi
    I'm sorry things have started to go downhill again. My eyes totally feel like crud as well. I wore my contacts and my eyes totally flared up, and are giving me a headache. This medication doesn't seem to be doing anything..results are not generally seen for like another two weeks, but I'm not only impatient, I'm just not optimisitc. I go to the dr. like every week and nothing is helping. To make matters worse, I am finishing my last semester of graduate school, and though I have health insurance, I do not have a perscription plan, and I want to try these new eyedrops, Restasis, but I think it is majorly expensive
    I used systane for a while too (I haven't been able to find them in the grocery store) but I like them o.k. I hear you about being lazy. I am not a morning person either, and taking all these meds. switching lenses, putting warm compresses on my eye..it's all just so annoying to me.
    Let me know how things are going. I'm scheduled to see my dr. again in a few weeks. I may just have to front the money for the restasis cause my eyes are so bad

     
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    I'm sorry your eyes are still not getting better. And it sucks you cant get the restasis.
    I think my eyes are just being a pain this week, hopefully they will get better. And I am seriously lazy about the eye drops. My dr always asks if I use them, and they honestly dont do much so I never use them. I probably wont use the systane. I do however use Patanol (for allergies), but I only put them in at night and forget to do it in the morning. But if I dont use them, my eyes are an absolute mess. I'm lucky to actually get the contacts in in the morning. I used to wear extended wear contacts and wore them to sleep, just so I wouldnt have to be bothered with taking them out and putting them in. Oh well. Hopefully things improve for both of us. Good luck!

     
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