Dry eyes

Posted by maryy @maryy, Jun 10, 2019

I have dry eyes due to sjogren’s syndrome. Does anyone else deal with dry eyes?

@joybringer1 not yet. Will add to the list. First I want to try Refresh Optive Mega 3 with flaxseed and castor oil. Great to get all these different recommendations!

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@lacy2

thanks all, thanks lioness… just had a mini melt down..i think its when i go downstairs and realize i dont hve the will or strength to make meals, lunch and husband been shopping and blinking tooth area hurts and sore throat and all then childish silly crying, i just need to get a grip …. hope i don't turn into a miserable sob like that doctor! its odd its not really mood swings but physical pain affecting mood maybe… and you cope alone bless you. i always try and have a shower every day and almost do but its been a long road lioness and just not bouncing back like i used to; i can still be funny or silly typing, or emailing someone…sometimes een on th ephone . its a skill/trick albeit small. yes listen to tapes, dont do much tapping…. its odd but the odd hours and usually its in evening, not sure why, but i start to feel peace and it is lovely, more than money… but then dont know what next day will be like. my husband is a quiet plain man and doesnt "get into it" and lets face it, keeps quiet about his ailments, has a cigarette and glass of wine but i cant do that. well, chalk this day up to another ding-dong=bell. june is in the well, and maybe as the day goes by this sadness will go take a hike. thanks for the deep breathing tips etc., but you know sometimes its more like crawl up in a ball for me… am sureits not easy for you …. and cant wait to hear about the new smile! j.

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@lacy2 I'm so sorry you,be had another melt down Look at Tapping.com This I think will help you Dr Mercola, and other well known Dr,s It's the meridian line,brain process it helps with a merriade of problems It's lengthy for me to explain

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@lioness

@lacy2 I'm so sorry you,be had another melt down Look at Tapping.com This I think will help you Dr Mercola, and other well known Dr,s It's the meridian line,brain process it helps with a merriade of problems It's lengthy for me to explain

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…i wll try tongiht thanks xx

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@lacy2

thanks all, thanks lioness… just had a mini melt down..i think its when i go downstairs and realize i dont hve the will or strength to make meals, lunch and husband been shopping and blinking tooth area hurts and sore throat and all then childish silly crying, i just need to get a grip …. hope i don't turn into a miserable sob like that doctor! its odd its not really mood swings but physical pain affecting mood maybe… and you cope alone bless you. i always try and have a shower every day and almost do but its been a long road lioness and just not bouncing back like i used to; i can still be funny or silly typing, or emailing someone…sometimes een on th ephone . its a skill/trick albeit small. yes listen to tapes, dont do much tapping…. its odd but the odd hours and usually its in evening, not sure why, but i start to feel peace and it is lovely, more than money… but then dont know what next day will be like. my husband is a quiet plain man and doesnt "get into it" and lets face it, keeps quiet about his ailments, has a cigarette and glass of wine but i cant do that. well, chalk this day up to another ding-dong=bell. june is in the well, and maybe as the day goes by this sadness will go take a hike. thanks for the deep breathing tips etc., but you know sometimes its more like crawl up in a ball for me… am sureits not easy for you …. and cant wait to hear about the new smile! j.

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I periodically get wigged out and overwhelmed- have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and symptoms ebb and flow. I am on Zoloft, which helps focus, and some with pain. A daily walk is imperative for those days when I am amok. Intentional breathing is great and easy: Dr Weil's take is 8 in, hold for 4, 8 out. EFT tapping is great (steps at https://www.emofree.com/nl/eft-tutorial/tapping-basics/how-to-do-eft.html ). Also, 5-hydroxy gaba helps – I take it for sleep 45 minutes before bed. For a week, take it 3 times a day; I got it from a Compounding Lab nurse, but can buy on Amazon (Precision One) Otherwise, it is mind over body, and a massage, or reflexology helps. Revert to good diet (non-processed, avoid sugar), stay hydrated and plan. I do get up early and do Just One Thing to feel like I have purpose, even if it is emptying the dishwasher. Plan your day's tasks (no more than 2 hours) in your nightly peace. Take your time; small changes matter and you will get past this!

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i hope I didn't make a mistake by putting a note on the glaucoma section as health canada just put out out a warning for 'water pills' that can cause narrow angle glaucoma, which is what i have…. i checked and its so hard with all the odd names of drugs these days, and then alternative names whether generic or brand name, but am sure i found one pill that names a medication that can cause eye pressure that is used for eye pressure… or am i losing my mind? Anyway I put it up just in case someone is taking it. I have long felt and said that I feel many of our medications can cause physical illness – and that's the risk we take to get better =- am sure 15 years of Zoloft caused my narrow angles… it's a merry go round that ends up not being so merry. Anyway will see what comments it brings .. just trying to help.
Quote; Health Canada reviewed the potential risk of choroidal effusion, acute myopia and acute angle-closure glaucoma with the use of diuretics, including acetazolamide, after a related review was conducted by the European Medicines Agency's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC).

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@lacy2

oh years ago it was suggested by someone somewhere to wear goggles, glad it works for you sue. i just remembered couple years ago optometrist sold me sort of eye mask with little pads that warmed up as opened and you slipped into the mask. but specialist in Toronto said no because at the time had narrow angle glaucoma and was concrned about the elastic band around eyes; so year ago i had IRIDOTOMY to release pressure in eyes but now dont know if i can wear that heated mask or not…hoenstly i have so many irons in the fire right now i dont know if i am coming or going and all drs ssooo busy re covid restrictions and i am in City of just of 50,000 with line up at door of all medical…also the optometrist got fed up with me and passed me back to his partner and i didnt have the guts to ask why! nice guys finish last , or so they say!

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I like an eyemask for dry eyes, but they are so tight! I've been putting a dark sock over my eyes that seems to last enough time for sleeping. There are some that have a bubble over the eyes. However, then the mask from my CPAP gets in the way.

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My ophthalmologist told me after my last visit to use plain eye drops to add moisture for my "aging eyes" when they feel scratchy, a bit dry, etc. I asked him which type or brand, but he said any eye drop without extra additives was fine. I've been using original Systane without preservatives and haven't tried any other brands. I read what some of you are using and was just wondering if there is something that would be better that you would recommend and I could try next time I buy eye drops. I haven't had any issues with Systane and it does the job O.K, but doesn't leave my eyes feeling anything exceptionally soothed after using. I have had cataract surgery on both eyes in the past and my vision is generally good.

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@cherriann

My ophthalmologist told me after my last visit to use plain eye drops to add moisture for my "aging eyes" when they feel scratchy, a bit dry, etc. I asked him which type or brand, but he said any eye drop without extra additives was fine. I've been using original Systane without preservatives and haven't tried any other brands. I read what some of you are using and was just wondering if there is something that would be better that you would recommend and I could try next time I buy eye drops. I haven't had any issues with Systane and it does the job O.K, but doesn't leave my eyes feeling anything exceptionally soothed after using. I have had cataract surgery on both eyes in the past and my vision is generally good.

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hi cherriann… i have tried dozens, scores of eyedrops over the years and , for me, am still looking for the perfect one… that would soothe my eyes and last til the next time put drops in… but i have not ever tried prescription dry eye drops. if you find systane is working ok, could you still use it while trying another brand a few hours lagter/ – not sure if should use several types – someone on here will know – also if you dont like the new drops, as i have done, thrown them out and some are quite expensive and barely used. good that your vision is generally good ! J.

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If you have autoimmune, you can have more than just aging eyes! I've also had cataract surgery. I have discovered that my eyes get blurry about as often as they feel dry. I use drops frequently throughout the day. An allergy pill and washing your face periodically can help during allergy season. I gently scrub my eyelids in the shower to activate tear ducts. Besides Systane, which I like most, I use PM Ointment at night for the days when drops are not enough. I have a prescription for Pataday which I use daily when it feels chronically gritty. The Pataday (prescription) is spendy, but makes a difference. A loose eyemask at night (no pressure on eyes) is very helpful, particularly if you have a fan running or vent aimed at the bed. I wear sunglasses outside if there is air movement and if I am on the computer for many hours. Hope this helps. (I have symptoms of Sjogrens, which is the root of my issue)

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Thank you for tips. My doctor feels blurriness is due to dry eyes – therefore the reason he suggested eye drops. I have Hashimoto disease diagnosed over 30 years ago and no eye issues until later years and after cataract surgeries. I always wear sunglasses outdoors too, eyes water and tire quickly if I don't.

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@lacy2

hi cherriann… i have tried dozens, scores of eyedrops over the years and , for me, am still looking for the perfect one… that would soothe my eyes and last til the next time put drops in… but i have not ever tried prescription dry eye drops. if you find systane is working ok, could you still use it while trying another brand a few hours lagter/ – not sure if should use several types – someone on here will know – also if you dont like the new drops, as i have done, thrown them out and some are quite expensive and barely used. good that your vision is generally good ! J.

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@lacy2 I found an eyedropper I like its Walgreens brand

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@marye2

If you have autoimmune, you can have more than just aging eyes! I've also had cataract surgery. I have discovered that my eyes get blurry about as often as they feel dry. I use drops frequently throughout the day. An allergy pill and washing your face periodically can help during allergy season. I gently scrub my eyelids in the shower to activate tear ducts. Besides Systane, which I like most, I use PM Ointment at night for the days when drops are not enough. I have a prescription for Pataday which I use daily when it feels chronically gritty. The Pataday (prescription) is spendy, but makes a difference. A loose eyemask at night (no pressure on eyes) is very helpful, particularly if you have a fan running or vent aimed at the bed. I wear sunglasses outside if there is air movement and if I am on the computer for many hours. Hope this helps. (I have symptoms of Sjogrens, which is the root of my issue)

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@marye2 I had catar5 removed from both eyes and dry eyes and M D so Dr has me on AREDS for aging eyes and m.d. The one I have has extra lutein and bill berry in So I don't have to take as many drops during day When eye allergies start I use a eye rinse it really makes them feel better and drops less

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