Dry eye, nutrition supplement

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Betty Wong, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. Betty Wong

    Betty Wong Guest

    Hi,
    I have been starting suffering from dry eye problem for two months. So
    far optometrists told me that it was caused by my contact lens use,
    the long-hour use of computer and the dry weather of Calgary. My eyes
    do not feel any discomfort during sleep but at day time they just do
    not feel as good as before. Computer and TV would give my eyes the
    burning feeling. My life has been totally ruined because of this (I
    am always aware of the discomfort of the eyes which really drives me
    nuts). Eye drops do not seem to help... I have started trying anything
    I can: flaxseed oil, hot compress, eye lid massage. I wonder if any
    one has any succuess with nutrition supplement such as Hydroeye,
    Biotear and Theralife. Theralife claims they are the only clinically
    proved effective oral supplement for dry eyes in the market. However I
    did not see anything in the newsgroup talking about this. Anyone ever
    tried this?

    Peter
     
    Betty Wong, Jul 4, 2004
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  2. Betty Wong

    neil0502 Guest

    : (snip)
    : I have been starting suffering from dry eye problem for
    two months.
    : (snip)

    : Peter

    Welcome to the club, Peter. Sorry to have you....

    I'm not a doctor, but have a litany of eye problems myself.
    If any of my experience can help, ....

    Also, to the wonderful doctors on this site: please feel
    free to correct or embellish on anything I've offered here.

    It may or may not help to quantify your particular problem:
    -Schirmer's testing quantifies tear production _quantity_
    -Tear Breakup Time (T-BUT) measures the time it takes for
    tears to break up on your eye (indicative, I believe, of
    _quality_ of tears). Tears comprise three components. If
    your body has the recipe wrong, the treatment could vary.

    You may want to ask your eye doc about a trial of punctal
    plugs. Medicine can't _really_ make you produce more tears
    (yet), so the drill is: keep the ones you have working in
    your eyes for as long as possible. They do this by plugging
    the drain holes (puncta). Your doctor can insert trial
    punctal plugs. If they help, the 'real things' go in in
    seconds. The lower holes are responsible for something like
    60% of the drainage, so they're usually plugged first. Once
    plugged, the uppers work a little harder, but you've still
    probably reduced drainage by 50%.

    In some cases, all four are plugged. In other cases (Hi
    there. This is me), they switch to
    cauterization--surgically sealing off the puncta to
    permanently prevent drainage. I think there are two reasons
    for this: 1) I don't think punctal plugs stop 100% of the
    drainage, even with all four plugged, and 2) Even when
    'properly' sized and inserted, they can come out. If your
    dry eye is severe, coming out can be brutal.....

    Punctal plugs are _easily_ reversible (they just remove
    them). Punctal cautery is _surgically_ reversible.

    I also:
    -use a humidifier when the weather indicates
    -take flax seed oil
    -use GenTeal Gel (http://www.us.novartisophthalmics.com/)
    at night
    -am very aware to blink frequently
    -eat just about exactly the right things, including
    keeping my water intake high

    Can you stop wearing the contact lenses?? Contacts can
    exacerbate dry eye all by themselves. If you wear rigid gas
    perms, they scrape their way over dry corneas. If you wear
    soft lenses, they count on a certain amount of saturation to
    achieve their rated prescription. They achieve this by
    being little sponges. If you can get out of the contacts,
    that may/should offer some relief.

    If you stop wearing them, you may want to try a product
    called Lacrisert (Merck. Easily found on the 'net). They
    do an admirable job of thickening the tears throughout the
    day, reducing the breakup time.

    There are "moisture chamber glasses" for really intractable
    cases. They're basically glasses that use a foam seal
    around the eye to ensure that evaporation is minimal. I've
    found a sunglass that's (far more) fashionable that seems to
    have the same idea. May order a pair myself
    (http://www.panoptx.com). I have no interest in, nor
    personal experience with this company, but the idea
    interests me.

    Lastly, there are some autoimmune diseases that can cause
    dry eye (Sjogren's, Reiter's, etc.). In those cases, a
    newer product called Restasis (ophthalmic cyclosporiine) is
    often tried for a period of several months. I understand it
    can be quite effective. Didn't do anything for me.

    Many/most of these things can be tried/used in combination.

    Peter, best of luck. I say this as one who has battled what
    you're battling for years. I'm saddened to think that it's
    "ruining your life," though I can't say that I don't
    understand. You may want to seek some support on the
    emotional level at the same time as you're fighting the
    physical battle. Who would think that something seemingly
    as benign as dry eyes could be as devastating as it can?

    Neil
     
    neil0502, Jul 8, 2004
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