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Old 04-02-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Dependant on Tobradex, how to wean off?

I NEED HELP, HOW TO WEAN OFF THE TOBRADEX...I have had red irrtated and painful eyes, light senstive eyes for over a year. I HAVE SEEN TWO EYE SPECALISTS at the hospital eye clinic without a firm diagnosis (guesses that it could be thyroid eye problems, ocular rosacea, etc. etc.)In my area this is the last stop for anyone with eye problems, the eye clinic at the hospital. The only thing that has helped is Tobradex (steriod drops)...eye doctors have tried other less strong steriod drops, allergy drops, anti-inflamatory drops,etc. without success...end up back on Tobradex. They don't seem to be helping anymore and WHEN I try to wean off these drops (currently putting one drop in twice daily each eye) the eyes get terribly painful and redder and redder as each day goes by. I am also putting in lubricating drops (GenTeal Gel drops) several times per day, cool compresses a few times per day as well)... My eyes are worse than when I first started the drops, it has been over a year! It is not a viral or bacterial infection I am told... there have been many guesses as to what it is (mentioned above), all of which don't quite fit as far as I am concerned. I CAN'T STAND THE PAIN...and the reddness in the whites of the eyes! Bright light really bothers me as well.
****I know I am dependent on these drops but don't know how to get off them, has anyone else been thru this and what did you do? *****I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE THAT HAVE BEEN ON TOBRADEX DROPS AND GOT DEPENDENT AND HOW THEY MANAGED TO FINALLY GET OFF THEM. When I first saw a doc about some reddness in the eyes they were not nearly as bad as they are now and when I try to get off the drops they get worse, a rebound effect.

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Old 04-03-2010, 06:27 AM   #2
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Re: Dependant on Tobradex, how to wean off?

First, do a search on "ocular rosacea" and see if that fits your situation. I have recently been diagnosed with it. I went on oral doxycycline for a month and that helped settle down "some" of the problems. I then had dissolvable plugs put into my tearducts to keep my eyes from drying so badly. More recently I began some short term steroid drops to help settle things down before going to the next stop--Restasis.

I think you really need a diagnosis. That will help you figure out what path to take. You have my is a miserable situation.

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