Hi, Angela, Jeannie, & Hippi. Just a note about the eyes...Before I was even diagnosed with lupus and sjogren's, I already suffered from extreme dryness in my left eye especially. That eye does not close completely due to trying to repair third nerve damage from my car wreck (head injury) with one of the surgeries to the eye-lid itself. I have tried lots of things on the market. The artificial tears have never done anything lasting. I have to tape my left eye closed each night before I go to sleep, but I also put a lubricating gel called "Paralube Ointment" on it. This gel contains nothing damaging. It is mainly petrolatum based. It is one of the cheaper gels on the shelf. I get it a Wal-Mart. Since I sleep with that in my eye and have it taped all night long, I don't have much problem throughout the day unless it comes from another source. The gel seems to maintain the moisture much longer than the tears, which for me are gone within just a few blinks. An Opthamologist can provide something stronger to help calm the irritation to get you back to a point where you could just use something simple like this. I hope this helps.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen
SLE '06, Sjogren's '06, Traumatic Head Injury '94
Prednisone 8mg and tapering, Caltrate 1200mg, Multi-vitamin, Prevacid 30 mg, Actonel 35mg, DocQLace 200mg, Flax Seed (milled) 2Tbsp