I also have very bad astigmatism (off the charts in one eye, but both are bad). I wear the toric lenses as well. I think when I first started wearing them years ago, it took some practice taking them out, as well as putting them in. I also have to pay a bit more for them, but they make toric disposables these days (yay)!
I have an appt. with my opthamologist for a visual field test (plaquenil monitoring) and an optic nerve imaging study (I'm a potential glaucoma suspect) in September. I doubt I could get an earlier appt if I tried. I see my rheumy in a couple of weeks and I'll mention it to him. In the meantime, if my eyes don't straighten up I'll ditch the contacts and wear my glasses.
Caprie, Thanks for sharing your experience with mtx. Do you mean that you live on the eastern shore of MD? I live in central MD, and yes the weather has been atrocious lately. However, I've had this dry eye thing for a while; long before the weather started misbehaving.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan