Final chapter (I hope) on preservatives in eye drops

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Salmon Egg, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Salmon Egg

    Salmon Egg Guest

    Some time ago, Neil Brooks <> informed me of the
    dangers hidden in many eye drops; preservatives such as BAK.

    About two months ago, I had a trabeculectomy on my right eye because
    pressure was uncontrolled by drops. It was performed by Dr. Simon Law at
    UCLA. As far as I can tell, the results are excellent. Unfortunately
    there seems to be significant optic nerve damage.

    Previously I had complained about excessive tearing. After the surgery,
    tearing in the operated eye has become much less. Since then, the
    irritation in my left eye increased to the point that using drops was
    very painful. I went to my original ophthalmologist who agreed that the
    problem arose from preservative.

    As a consequence, Dr. Law performed a trabeculectomy on my left eye
    today. He immediately noticed that the eye was red and in distress. This
    time, the surgery was much more painful and lasted much longer.
    Subjectively, it was an order of magnitude greater and lasted longer
    than during the previous surgery. He said that he tried flushing the eye
    with more anesthetic but that the tears kept washing it away. At this
    time, the eye is still tender although much less annoying than it was
    just with the drops alone before surgery. I expect great improvement
    over the next few days.

    At every opportunity now, I will shout out the dirty secret ab about
    preservatives like BAK.

    Salmon Egg, Aug 15, 2008
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