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« on: April 15, 2012, 03:29:04 PM »

Anyone use OTC eye drops for dry eye?  Restasis $$$ is outrageous and not covered by insurance (about $120/mo or about $1 per drop).
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 04:17:11 PM »

Anyone use OTC eye drops for dry eye?  Restasis $$$ is outrageous and not covered by insurance.


Sorry, P~L.
My ex-GF only ever had luck with the Restasis. I wasn't aware that HI does not cover it.

I know it's a pain - both figuratively & literally - to deal with.
Is it worse in the Springtime?
Have you ever considered getting the tear duct plugs?
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 08:18:34 PM »


Sorry, P~L.
My ex-GF only ever had luck with the Restasis. I wasn't aware that HI does not cover it.

I know it's a pain - both figuratively & literally - to deal with.
Is it worse in the Springtime?
Have you ever considered getting the tear duct plugs?

I don't recall what the Dr. said about those (for me)(two years ago).  I know she said I was not a lasik candidate nor a contact candidate - not that they're related.  I haven't noticed a difference based on season.  It's not painful or anything, just occasional (frequent) blurry vision.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 02:18:20 AM »

It's not painful or anything, just occasional (frequent) blurry vision. [/color]


Funny...the way my ex-girlfriend acted, I always thought she was "in pain." She tended to be quite overdramatic about most things, so this doesn't surprise me.
Anyway, I'll ask around at the lab today. I believe at least one person there has mentioned having dry eyes.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 07:35:38 AM »

Anyone use OTC eye drops for dry eye?  Restasis $$$ is outrageous and not covered by insurance.

I use Refresh Optive with fantastic results .. have you tried it ? Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 12:47:24 PM »

I use Refresh Optive with fantastic results .. have you tried it ? Smiley

Have not tried them, but will pick some up this week.  Thanks!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012, 02:09:34 PM »

A relative has been having issues and someone turned him on to Systane which he said seems to give him relief longer than other brands he has tried.  He says it's very uncomfortable.  Am taking him to the doc next month about it.

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012, 08:01:51 PM »

A relative has been having issues and someone turned him on to Systane which he said seems to give him relief longer than other brands he has tried.  He says it's very uncomfortable.  Am taking him to the doc next month about it.



I tried Systane, but it didn't seem to make a difference other than make my eyes redder than they usually are.
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012, 08:44:38 AM »

I tried Systane, but it didn't seem to make a difference other than make my eyes redder than they usually are.

We know that's from the ganja.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 04:10:13 PM »

Anyone use OTC eye drops for dry eye?  Restasis $$$ is outrageous and not covered by insurance (about $120/mo or about $1 per drop).


Hey, out of curiosity, are your eyes ever overly-sensitive to light?
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 09:04:23 PM »

We know that's from the ganja.

Ha!  That was another life keeping Visine in business.


Hey, out of curiosity, are your eyes ever overly-sensitive to light?

I would say natural light - no.  But I always get blurry under fluorescent.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2012, 02:12:09 AM »

I would say natural light - no.  But I always get blurry under fluorescent.


Okay. I only asked because I've been dealing with some eye issues the last several weeks, and one of the places my symptoms and history have brought is me here: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/vision/eye-care-the-causes-of-light-sensitivity
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012, 07:36:33 AM »


Okay. I only asked because I've been dealing with some eye issues the last several weeks, and one of the places my symptoms and history have brought is me here: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/vision/eye-care-the-causes-of-light-sensitivity

I think sometimes it can be allergies.
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2012, 06:07:05 AM »

update ?

I am willing to try something new if you find good results PL  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2012, 08:44:06 AM »

I think sometimes it can be allergies.


Yeah, I had a combination of things going on:

* Mild seasonal allergies with high pollen count conditions.
* Using a gas powered log-splitter 10+ hours per day for several days in a row. Lots of dry/rotted wood producing dust - not to mention gas fumes with my face so close to the motor for so long - which penetrated the periphery of my safety glasses.
* Old contact lenses consistently left in for too long during the day.
* A land developer had been grading top soil on the field behind my house, leaving behind several inches of dry dirt that was like baby powder, which the wind had been blowing around - including my yard.
(I believe these last three contributed to some corneal abrasion, which can cause the symptoms I had.)

My eyes have finally returned to normal after about two weeks. Even the light-sensitivity has greatly diminished.

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« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2012, 12:21:01 PM »

update ?

I am willing to try something new if you find good results PL  Smiley

I finally just got some last night.  So far, so good.
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2012, 05:24:57 PM »


Hey, out of curiosity, are your eyes ever overly-sensitive to light?


Very much so.  I can't go any place near fluorescent either.  It hurts my eyes.  

Although I totally adore sunlight, but only if I close my eyes or I put my new prescription sunglasses on...


But I'm beginning to concern myself about focusing.  I can't see the computer screen after 3 hours of it.  I'm going to need reading glasses soon.

I've never had dry eyes, in fact the opposite, I've always cried lots, I weep regularly and if anything have wet eyes.  My eyelashes are always matted together and get in the way and stick to and muck up my specs.

I've never been able to wear mascara.  I'm sure any kind of eye makeup isn't good?

xL


As for eye drops:  I once tried those sparkling eye-whitening ones, thinking I had slightly red lines in the somewhat grey once-whites to my eyes, from the hangover?  

But I looked like I'd just gotten home from the disco at 4am, my eyes were fluorescent.  I looked lit up.  Not good...
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2012, 05:29:15 PM »

We know that's from the ganja.


Marlene Dietrich allegedly, so the unauthorised biography states, every day peeled then finely chopped an onion in order to practise crying.


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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2012, 05:38:40 PM »

Someone recently told me that the application of a cold, damp washcloth helps in reducing eye redness.
I've tried it several times with good, consistent results.

Even more effective, IMO, is placing your eyedrops in the refrigerator for a few minutes to get the liquid nice and cold.
A few drops of cool fluid in the eyes seem to clear the redness right out, although the feeling may be a bit much for some folks.
The advantage to this method is that, regardless of what type of drops your prefer or can use, the temperature factor can be applied to any and all, and I suspect it would yield favorable results.
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2012, 08:44:45 PM »

Someone recently told me that the application of a cold, damp washcloth helps in reducing eye redness.
I've tried it several times with good, consistent results.

Even more effective, IMO, is placing your eyedrops in the refrigerator for a few minutes to get the liquid nice and cold.
A few drops of cool fluid in the eyes seem to clear the redness right out, although the feeling may be a bit much for some folks.
The advantage to this method is that, regardless of what type of drops your prefer or can use, the temperature factor can be applied to any and all, and I suspect it would yield favorable results.

The cold makes sense.  Red eyes are generally due to inflammation and cold reduces inflammation.
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« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2012, 02:25:56 AM »


The cold makes sense.  Red eyes are generally due to inflammation and cold reduces inflammation.



I was surprised at its effectiveness!
Let me know if you try it sometime.
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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2012, 05:28:43 AM »


I was surprised at its effectiveness!
Let me know if you try it sometime.

my drops were just moved into my fridge .. thank you for that tip

redness isn't an issue but I can already feel the relief of the chill putting the drops in my dry stressed eyes

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« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2012, 07:17:25 AM »


 not to mention gas fumes with my face so close

I hear Migs has this problem as well.
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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2012, 08:15:18 AM »

my drops were just moved into my fridge .. thank you for that tip


^ditto

Why didn't I think of that!?!!  My husbands allergy drops are in there. 
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2012, 02:34:53 PM »

my drops were just moved into my fridge .. thank you for that tip

redness isn't an issue but I can already feel the relief of the chill putting the drops in my dry stressed eyes




My pleasure!
Plenty more tips where that came from...just toss a few more tanning secrets my way, and they're yours!!
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