I have dry eyes due to sjogren's syndrome. Does anyone else deal with dry eyes?
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Yes, I live in the Boston area with excellent ophthalmologists.
I use a combination of Serum Tears and Cequa. Works very well.
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Hi –where did you get your Serum tears? I am also in Boston. what is Cequa?
Serum Tears or Autologous eye drops are compounded tears for severe dry eyes. They are made from your own blood. Red blood cells and clotting factors are removed, leaving behind blood serum. This is diluted with a sterile, preservative free solution to produce a tear substitute that is unique to the patient, and contains many important growth factors and nutrients normally found in healthy tears. Since blood and tear shave an almost identical salinity and pH, there is no issue of burning or stinging upon instillation. Because they are non-preserved, the drops are stored in the freezer until you need them. They aren’t covered by insurance so not cheap but they help SO much.
I go to OCB and I see a dry eye specialist. Cequa are eye drops that work better than Restasis. I use them 2x/day. Try Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and ask specifically for a dry eye specialist.
thanks very much…who is your dr.? Mine issue was a result of cataract surgery.
Yes all my adult life. Had plugs put in tear ducts but they often come out. Talking to doc about having them cauterized
How? He drew your blood, making eye drops from it?
There are many procedures, for many different medical issues, that draw blood to separate and retrieve plasma.
@mtpeony, @tcokeefe, @autumnn1917, and all…Another OTC drops for dry eye I found is Rohto Dry Aid. They're available at most drug stores, Walmart, etc. I used Restasis and it was actually uncomfortable and did no good. I tried most over-the-counter drops for dry eyes and found them a bust. Finally, after hearing about Rohto drops, I find them very helpful for severe dry eyes. They are cooling, refreshing, feel good, and help combat dryness better than anything so far. I'm sure the plasma retrieval may do wonders, but for those of us who can't have that treatment, these drops are a possibility.
I use them several times daily. After use, my sight is clearer, my double-vision is relieved for a bit, and I can see clearly and with much more comfort. I use them on rising in the morning and can see clearly! I'm thrilled to find them. They have been used by the model community for years in regular drops for clearing redness and puffiness. This is a dry aid that feels so good and actually works.
Blessings on this crazy journey. Elizabeth
Never heard of them! Thank you so much I’m going to look for them and give them a try!
Hi Elizabeth – Which type of Rohto eye drops do you use? And are they preservative free? I researched them, but soooo many different options. Also, they were recalled in March, 2023. Do you know anything about that?
@ashby1947, and all…Hello, Ashby. I use the Dry Aid for extremely dry eyes. They're made in Japan, with Povidone and Propylene Glycol. I don't know about the preservatives, the information is on the box which I don't have. I'm sensitive to preservatives and don't ever use anything with them, and don't have any issue with these drops. I must have checked the ingredients prior to purchase, but you're on your own there.
I have double vision with lots of other dry eye problems mixed together. These are the only drops to date that help all my issues. I use them every morning and I can see clearly! No double vision for some time. I consider that miraculous for me. No itching, very cooling, no redness, no blurring, it's a real gift. They don't solve the problem. The problems return during the day, so I reuse the drops as often as I need and they help. By day's end, I don't see as well, but I'm not fussing about that. What a joy to have improved sight for the first time in years!
I hope you find good results if you try them, Ashby. They aren't cheap but they work for me. I'm grateful to have found them, on a U-Tube make-up tutorial for crying out loud! From a New York make-up stylist who focuses on older women, 40-100 years, improving our make-up as we age and many of us enjoy our gray hair. I love it! Fierce aging she calls it. I agree! And, I do look better using some of her tips. She models and has used these drops to aid her eyes for early morning modeling calls, and such. When I researched them, I found the dry eye aid and fell in love…
Hope they help you!
@ashby1947, and all…I just reread your message and had overlooked the recall issue. No, I haven't heard anything about that. I order them online through Walmart. Wonder if the recall is for one type only? I'll see what I can find, but plan on continuing to use them unless these are defective in some way. When I find any information, I'll let you know. Please do the same…
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