my eyes drain every day usually a lightish green color and sometimes just plain liquid.. my eye dr told me ive got chronic dry eye and said to use otc med 4x a day.. not helping at all should i call my reg dr or back to eye dr for something more?
Call your eye Dr back and tell him the OTC drops dont seem to be relieving the problem. Dry eyes is very common problem. When I worked for an ophthalmologist he used to have people use drops about every hour or two while they were awake and had them use a good artificial tear replacement without a preservative. When you use drops this often, you can begin to have problems with the preservatives in some drops. Refresh is a good drop but there are others. Genteal is good too. Genteal also makes a gel that is good to put in your eyes at night to help moisturize them more efficiently. They will blur your vision a bit if used in the day so you might want to use a drop during the day and put the gel in at bedtime. Some people have good luck with Restasis too for dry eye. You might ask him about lacrimal plugs although the doc I worked for didnt like them, some people find they work well. It seems funny that watery eyes indicates a dry eye but it is true. Those watery tears are not good quality tears so the evaporate quickly and dry the eye otu further setting up a viscious cycle. You can try increasing the frequency of the tear replacement drops or you can call your Dr back and tell them they are not working. It does take awhile for the tears to begin to work if your eyes have been dry for a long time because the cornea dries out so much.
Hi, you asked another question about what type/brand of drops to use. In it I tried to thoroughly answer your question. It also answers this question about why you have watery eyes, and the doctor says you have dry eyes. I need to get going-I wish you good luck. I do want you to know that I seldom use eye drops anymore, and can miss an occassional night gel. I do keep eye drops handy, but anymore they expire before I use them up. If you don't start getting some relief in about 2 months using eye drops and a gel-go to an opthalmologist. I've had very capable family doctors that took care of my eyes, but I've had other problems, so I go an opth. I go to my fam doc first. For what it's worth, I've been going in for normal eye exams the last 6 years, where before I probably fit the profile of a stalker. I really had problems.
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