Restasis Review

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Haubrey, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. Haubrey

    Haubrey Guest

    There seems to be some interest in personal experiences with the new
    drug Restasis, so I'll share mine. For about three years, I've been
    suffering from dry eye and meibomitis (dysfunctional oil glands near
    the eyelashes). I've had an absolutely miserable time of it. But
    Restasis has been a huge help.

    Here's a bit of pre-Restasis background: For the dry eye, I had
    punctum plugs inserted in both lower ducts and I used
    preservative-free drops every hour or so. For the meibomitis, I was
    given doxycycline (100 mg/day) and I hot-packed my lids several times
    a day. Even with this treatment combination, I was still suffering
    from dry eye and visibly inflamed oil glands (they looked like tiny
    white bumps above the lash line). I also had some general eyelid
    inflammation due to all of the irritation that both of these
    conditions cause.

    I started on Restasis about 2 months ago, and I am thrilled with the
    results. The eyelid and oil-gland inflammation has already been
    noticeably reduced, and my tear production feels much more normal.
    Every week, my eyes get better. That said, it took several weeks
    before I noticed _any_ difference. The drops have a gradual
    effect--I've read that it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for the
    full effect to be felt--so it requires patience and commitment.

    I have to use the Restasis drops every morning and night, and they're
    expensive, but they're very, very worthwhile. The only negative
    side-effect that I've experienced is a burning sensation when I
    instill the drops. That sensation goes away after several minutes.

    Right now, my insurance covers 80 percent of the cost (a 30-day supply
    is $100), but I would willingly pay the full price for the amount of
    relief the drops have given me.

    -haubrey
     
    Haubrey, Jul 22, 2003
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    Rishigg Guest

    If this is medicine...
    --
    "As surely as any soldier ever died on the field, Dr. Bates gave his
    life for a cause, battling against fate, during many years of
    magnificent struggle, when the unending disappointment finally broke in
    hopeless despair. His torch is still burning. There will come some other
    battler, who is fit, and will hold it high until the people who are
    sitting in darkness have seen its great light."
    William B. MacCracken, M.D.
    (1937, Berkeley CA)
     
    Rishigg, Jul 22, 2003
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  3. Haubrey

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    (Haubrey) wrote in
    Thanks for posting your experience. This should be of interest to many
    people, including those who have had LASIK and suffer from dry eye.

    DrG
     
    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 22, 2003
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  4. Haubrey

    Haubrey Guest

    What do you mean?

     
    Haubrey, Jul 23, 2003
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  5. Haubrey

    Brady Guest

    Haubrey,

    Thanks for your post. I've been looking for other people who are
    using Restasis, to see if they're having a positive response to the
    treatment.

    I've been experiencing dry eyes and redness for the last few years.
    Over the last year, I've had plugs installed in the lower ducts, and
    started tetracycline, then doxycycline. I've also started taking
    flaxseed, and cod liver oil, Hydroeyes, and Theratears capsules. My
    eyes seemed to feel better, but not consistently, so my doctor
    recently prescribed Restasis, and I've been on it for about 10 days
    now. So far, I've noticed a very small improvement in my eyes in the
    morning (less redness), and I'm hoping this effect will continue and
    help clear up the redness I've been experiencing. The only side
    effect, so far is stinging after application, which seems to linger
    "on and off" for a few hours after using the drops (morning and
    night).

    Good luck with your treatment, and keep everyone posted...

    Brady
     
    Brady, Jul 24, 2003
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  6. Haubrey

    Brady Guest

    Haubrey,

    Thanks for your post. I've been looking for other people who are
    using Restasis, to see if they're having a positive response to the
    treatment.

    I've been experiencing dry eyes and redness for the last few years.
    Over the last year, I've had plugs installed in the lower ducts, and
    started tetracycline, then doxycycline. I've also started taking
    flaxseed, and cod liver oil, Hydroeyes, and Theratears capsules. My
    eyes seemed to feel better, but not consistently, so my doctor
    recently prescribed Restasis, and I've been on it for about 10 days
    now. So far, I've noticed a very small improvement in my eyes in the
    morning (less redness), and I'm hoping this effect will continue and
    help clear up the redness I've been experiencing. The only side
    effect, so far is stinging after application, which seems to linger
    "on and off" for a few hours after using the drops (morning and
    night).

    Good luck with your treatment, and keep everyone posted...

    Brady
     
    Brady, Jul 24, 2003
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