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andyman
09-10-2005, 06:59 PM
Howdy all!

I wanted to find out if anyone has had experience with using Restaisis (prescription eye drops) or plugs for the eye ducts to prevent dry eyes. I have had my eyes checked and I am considering what to do. I'm leaning towards the plugs. Any feedback would be wonderful.

Thanks!

Andyman

Mitch
09-12-2005, 04:24 PM
Hi andyman, I've never heard of plugs used for the purpose of dry eyes, how does it work? The only thing I've ever used is Systane OTC drops. They're not bad, not great, either!

Mitch

andyman
09-13-2005, 03:31 AM
Mitch:

The plugs are evidently little plugs they put into the corner of your eyes (closest to the nose) and they plug up the ducts that drain your tears. This leaves the tears in your eyes longer.

From what I understand they give you temporary ones for a couple of days so that you can determine if they will work for you and then they put in permanent ones.

I've been using drops too and I have the same viewpoint. They are okay but not great.

Andyman

ClaireMacl
09-13-2005, 02:53 PM
I think I said this somewhere else, but my mum had four plugs put in (three times!) for Sjrogen's. For her, they didn't work, they kept working their way out to the surface and causing irritation and in one case a scratch on her cornea.

I think they do work for some people, in my mum's case, she's now doing ok on tons of drops now :)

Missy
09-13-2005, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the info on dry eyues and drops, etc, as I have been having recent problems. The wierd thing is it only really bugs me at night. Is this wierd or what?

SoleSinger
09-13-2005, 09:21 PM
I get dry eyes at night, too... I think mine might be from staring too long at the computer screen, though... LOL ... But, this could be because of Lupus, too?

andyman
09-14-2005, 05:31 AM
Interesting. My eyes are the worst in the morning.

One thing my opthalmologist told me is that the biggest mistake people make when they are on the computer is not blinking enough. Just wanted to pass that along.

Andyman

cathyj
06-04-2008, 11:08 AM
I know this is an old post, but it comes up in searches so I wanted to add to it in case it can help someone. I have had major problems with my eyes since the onset of lupus. The opthamologist said he felt I should get the plugs. I did and it made my eyes more comfortable, but I still couldn't see very well...my computer screen is so blurry as were typewritten papers. It was so frustrating. I went to the VA hospital and the doctor there explained to me that Restasis is an immunosuppressant and he felt that if I used it along with the plugs I might actually get some relief. The studies show that with plugs it does not increase the tears...but he felt it would fix inflammation. Anyway, long story short, I am typing this looking at my computer screen and I can see it.! It has really helped me in conjunction with the plugs...For the first time in two years I actually see and feel some relief for my eyes!

hatlady
06-04-2008, 03:35 PM
I was at my eye doc's recently - interesting. I saw they had a sample of a pill.....

1/2 fish oil, 1/2 flax oil. VERY high omega 3. Supposed to help with dry eye.

Well.....I've been taking 4 flax oil caps a day for a couple years. And I havne't had much dry eye during that time. Now and again i need to use over the counter drops, but not so bad.

Don't know if it is the flax oil or good luck, but heck, it is cheap and worth a try! If you use fish oil, though, be careful - the cheaper brands can have a higher level of mercury. Talk to your pharmacist to find out what brand is the purest. Flax avoids that issue.....

Lynn
06-05-2008, 07:56 AM
Andyman,

I have been using Restaisis for about 2 months now. I have noticed a difference already! I do not have that uncomfortable, dry, pasty feeling in my eyes anymore. The Dr. warned me about the burning feeling in the eyes when the drops go in and yes, I do experience the burning. But it is only for about a minute. I think that is a small amount of time, if I end up with non-dry eyes. I have found I do not have to use eye-drops though out the day anymore. I was using them about every hour at work (computers!) and a bit less in evenings and weekends.

Also, Restaisis has a rebate program going on right now to you can save a bit on money there. It is on their web-site.

I have never tried the Plugs, so I cannot comment on them.

mnjodette
06-05-2008, 07:52 PM
I tried Restasis but had prolonged buring in my eyes and I didn't tolerate it too well (very wimpy, I know!) But my eyes were getting seriously dry, so the doc did plugs, which worked pretty well. I kept losing them (which is not uncommon, I guess) so eventually he cauterized my lower ducts. I still have plugs in my upper ducts. My eyes are perfectly comfortable now and I only occasionally have to use drops. Even in the driest air of winter, I was OK. Some people would have excess tears running out of their eyes with all of the ducts closed up like that, but it works for me.

I think Restasis is probably a simpler solution, if it works for you.

Jody

Oluwa
06-05-2008, 07:57 PM
Cauterized..ouch Jody. That sounds awful. Did it hurt immediately afterwards...

I still get road map eyes from SS..I use eye drops only. I don't where my contacts anymore. They feel like potato chips even with the Oasys HydroClear Plus lens...

What do plugs feel like? Hard nodules? Maybe I should investigate because My vision isn't very clear all the time...

Love,
Oluwa

mnjodette
06-05-2008, 08:18 PM
Oluwa, actually cauterizing hurt only a very tiny bit, and it went away quite quickly. I tolerated the plugs just fine, too. Funny thing: when he put the plugs in, it made a "pop" like when you put your finger inside your cheek to make a popping sound! (Probably just audible inside my head....!)

Oluwa
06-05-2008, 08:19 PM
Oh, I just got the willies....

bjjman123
01-09-2009, 10:58 PM
I tried Restasis but had prolonged buring in my eyes and I didn't tolerate it too well (very wimpy, I know!) But my eyes were getting seriously dry, so the doc did plugs, which worked pretty well. I kept losing them (which is not uncommon, I guess) so eventually he cauterized my lower ducts. I still have plugs in my upper ducts. My eyes are perfectly comfortable now and I only occasionally have to use drops. Even in the driest air of winter, I was OK. Some people would have excess tears running out of their eyes with all of the ducts closed up like that, but it works for me.

I think Restasis is probably a simpler solution, if it works for you.

Jody

hi, i just saw your message about having all 4 ducts closed. so you never had problems with excess tears coming out of your eyes?
i have really bad dry eyes. i had all four ducts blocked with plugs, but tears kept coming out of my right eye. not so much with my left though.