I have been using restasis for about
a year and a half. No problems or issues, every once in a while I will have a little burning sensation - but it is not bad and doesn't last long (maybe once a month). I completely understand about
the side effects, have had reactions to most everything (just had a failed attempt at evoxac, so back on the biotene).
The restasis alone didn't resolve all my dryness issues, I kept having issues with blepharitis and dryness so my eye doctor added punctual plugs. Between the two, I am much better - can even manage my contact lenses a couple of days a week now. If I use contacts I will use moisture drops a couple of times a day...don't want to push my luck