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Old 03-08-2010, 06:31 AM   #1
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Dry eye plugs/ Need advice

Hello All,

I have not been diagnoised with Sjorgren's but have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease and Celiac Disease.

I have terribly dry eyes upon awakening........

My Eye doctor said it is due to my Autoimmune disorders and he recommended I have these plugs put in my tear ducts to conserve eye fluid. I went ahead and tried the temporary ones which are made of Collegen. It really helped immediately. I could tell mostly when they were disolved after 10 days that my eyes were back to terribly dry.

I have come to you on this board because I notice in the brochure that Sjorgrens is listed as having this problem and these plugs are recommended to anyone that has this. So I figured someone on here has tried them.

The permenent ones are plastic and different than the temp collegen ones.

Any insight or advice? Thank you, Oleander

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Old 03-15-2010, 04:07 AM   #2
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Re: Dry eye plugs/ Need advice

Hi oleander I am glad that you came here for help. The plugs were suggested to me as an option, but I felt nervous about that. I have been struggling beyond belief, until I started using an OINTMENT at night in my eyes. I am now using the refresh ointment.
I was using the systane. My eyes were so bad that I literally could not open them in the morning. It was so very painful as I am sure you know.

Let us know what you decide. I hope someone comes along here that knows more about this (the plugs) than I do or maybe they have had it done. Either way, I do wish you the BEST of luck. I know how uncomfortable and really painful this gets to be.
I was getting really, really upset before the nightime ointment was being used!

Old 03-23-2010, 12:21 PM   #3
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Re: Dry eye plugs/ Need advice

I have had them for over 5 years and find that they are a huge help. In that time, I have had to have them replaced only once. I recommend you try them. Another suggestion I have is to use Thera Tears Liquid Gel eye drops. OTC and I get them in Walmart. Prescription Restasis did not work well for me. Constant burning when I used it. Hope this helps. Be well and be strong.

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