Hi Everyone, Hope this posts finds everyone doing well. Just curious how many of you experience dry eyes? I have always had dry eyes, but let me tell you here of late they have been bad, I have had the ducts cauterized in the past to try to help, but that has not even been helping. Don't know if it is the cooler weather or what, but mine are just simply killing me. I went to the ophthalmologist yesterday (again) and he started me on Restasis. I have seen the ads on TV, but know nothing more about it. Do any of you use it? I sure hope it brings some much needed relief. I can handle pain, but I'm telling you nothing is worse than eye pain. When my husband went to get the script filled for me the pharmacist also suggested I take Omega 3, says it helps considerably with dry eyes. So, I started that this morning too. Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend.
I did purchase the Systane and my mom always used something called artificial tears or refresh? they came in these little blue plastic tubes? I think they were by prescription for her dry eyes, anyway, there were so many different otc drops! That does help, thanks so much! Hopefully my eye doctor will know why my eyes get so red since I don't have allergies and they are never itchy.
Thanks for the information. Sounds like you too have had quite a time with Sjorens and dry eyes, sorry to hear that, but glad at the same time too have individuals who can relate. I'm glad you mentioned not to mix Restasis with over the counter drops, I had not done this up to now, simply because I was not sure. My Opth. never told me one way or the other, I go back to him a week from tomorrow to see how the Restasis is working and was going to ask then. I figured that it most likely was not a good idea simply because it would only water down the med.
The opth. tried to put the plugs in my tear ducts, is that the implant in which you are speaking? But my ducts were way to inflammed so he had to result to cauterizing them, to this point I have seen no improvement, and at times like you say it might have even made them worse.
I did speak to my Rhuemy about the Sjorens as well and asked if there was anything that he could prescribe that would bring some added relief because I also suffer from extremely dry mouth and if I'm not up due to my eyes, I'm up drinking water, no wonder we are always tired, eh? Because I also suffer from night sweats, as well as anytime I try to extert myself these days, to the point of loading the dishwasher I break out in a tremendous sweat and get over heated he is reluctent to prescribe anything additional because he says with these meds comes added sweating. One would think I am over weight and out of shape when I say when I extert myself I break out in a sweat, nothing could be farther from the truth. I am 5'2", weigh 122lbs, my Rhuemy says it is because the lupus is so active.
As the days go on I am seeing some improvement with the Restasis, I guess it just takes time. I am hopeful that by the time I go for my follow up appointment next week things will be looking good.
Again, thank you so much for sharing, it has helped me a lot.
I am sorry that I have been so long in responding to your post.
When I was told that I had dry eyes, an opthamolist told me that it was due to age, that women tend to get dry eyes when they get older. *&^ and a few other words I could say.
I visited a rheumatologist a little over three months ago, and was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome. He sent me back to my opthamolisist, who prescribed restasis. I have not ever had any eye drops to work for me, but tried them. and after a month, for me, it worked. I had no tears. None. even onions couldn't make me cry. but restasis works for me. I felt some real tears that for so many years, and I had no tears at all. And because of the restasis my night vision has increased, and I am really thankful for that, because it was hard for me to drive at night.
My skin is extremely dry, and my mouth also. i look I have scales. I have to have a cup of something to drink all the time. my throat dries out and makes me cough.
I was diagnosed by my gp to have Lupus, because of results of the blood tests that were done. My gp sent me to a rheumatologist, and he diagnosed me with sjogren's. This is one of the best things that has been happen to me in a while. He did say that I would still need to take plaquenil, but that he was not sure I had Lupus. and I am like some others who think that Lupus seems to be an elusive diagnoses.
I don't know that my joint pain is caused by Lupus, Sjogren's, fibromyalgia, or some other connective tissue disease. at the moment, and for a few weeks, I have been in a flare, but what kind??? If it isn't lupus what else is it. so wait I guess. but lots of stuff to take him this time. and I want some answers.
muscle pain in my stomach area and right side and back muscles, so bad that I cannot sit erect for the most of the day. could only stay at my daughter's house during thanksgiving dinner today for an hour and had to go back home.
Sorry this post is so long.
I think your restasis will see some improvement soon. and I tend to think about not using over the drugs in your eyes. Restasis will work. Just takes some time.