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My dry eyes are now affecting my acuity and are quite uncomfortable. I'm using heated eye pads and preservative-free drops suggested by my optometrist but I'm wondering what others are doing to lessen their symptoms.

What do you do to help your dry eyes?


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My dry eyes
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were so bad a couple years ago that I had to have some steroid drops and, I think, some antibiotic drops. My ophthalmologist told me to use Refresh Optive drops (no preservatives) and Refresh PM ointment at night, along with a special $60 sleep mask. She also mentioned a prescription for Restasis if this didn't work.

So far, so good. I'm very intentional about putting in the drops during the day and the ointment at night. I ditched the sleep mask about a year ago and am doing fine.

By the way, I haven't been able to find the Refresh PM ointment anywhere for several months, but both CVS and Walmart have their own brands with the same ratio of ingredients. Works for me.
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I have been very happy with Systane lubricating drops
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You may consider a second opinion from an ophthalmologist.
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Thanks for your suggestions, everyone. I have been referred to my ophthalmologist and will possibly be referred to a specialist out of town for an attached floater. Yikes!

The dry eye seems like the easy part of my vision problems.


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Refresh eye drops work great for me.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:39 PM
 
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I had to stop wearing contact lenses because my eyes are so dry. I just assumed it had to do with chemo, but I see my eye doc in August. See what he has to say. Keep in touch!
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I used to use Refresh, but then a friend's eye doctor told her that if she has on a ceiling fan while she sleeps, then she should wear an eye mask. I started wearing one at night, and my eyes are much better. I don't need drops anymore.
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My eye doctor suggested the heated eye compress and the eye drops. He also suggested a fish oil based vitamin called ProOmega. It is two gel type tablets taken with the largest meal of the day. It does seem to help--when I remember to take it.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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Thanks, canteach, I just ordered the capsules hoping they don't have that fishy smell like my current omega-3 capsules.


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I love Refresh Liquigel! I think it is good you are going back to another doctor. It sounds like you may have a few things going on. Good Luck!!!
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Old 07-01-2019, 01:49 PM
 
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I run my humidifier a lot. I hate putting drops in my eyes.
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